The practice of environmental sustainability helps to ensure that the needs of today's population are met without jeopardising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. As a community, we can make sustainable choices to avoid depletion or degradation of natural resources and maintain healthy ecosystems.
On this page, you will find information about how to be sustainable on a community level by participating in community conservation, grow your veggies in community gardens, choosing low carbon transport options and contributing to waste free events.
Read more about waste education services(external link).
Not all of us have land available for gardening or know how to take care of vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Community gardens are the best way to learn new skills, meet new people and grow something special for yourself and your family.
If you know of a community garden in Tasman that is not mentioned here, please let us know.
In Tasman, we also have community fruit and nut trees. Have a look at this map and go on a foraging adventure by yourself or with your family.
We support groups and organisations that are organising planting and working bees. If you would like to be involved in planting and restoration work check out the following links:
Urban sprawl is unsustainable as it may destroy habitat and productive lands and usually increases car dependency and pollution.
Tasman District Council's Intensification Action Plan allows the replacement of lower density housing with medium density housing on an already developed site.
Read more here.
If you are attending a community event or a market the best thing you can do to reduce waste is to bring your own (BYO) bag, plate, cup and water bottle. There are many innovative solutions for BYO available on the internet and in local shops, or you could simply bring something from home.
If you are organising a community event, we recommend to read this guide to reduce waste at your event.
Around 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions are coming from cars. By reducing the number of your car trips, you also contribute to reducing the number of car accidents, reducing time spent in traffic and eliminating problems with parking.
Consider choosing one of the following alternatives to driving:
Choose to support your local charitable organisations by buying and reusing things from op shops.