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Announcing the Green Urban Living Autumn Challenge

Submitted by on January 17, 2014 – 3:57 pm

Janet Luke's chickensEnvironmental and sustainability advocate  Janet Luke is launching a  free, nationwide  Green Urban Living challenge this Autumn for Kiwi individuals, families and households.

Green Urban Living is a concept reflecting the fact that almost all of us live in urban environments but that you don’t need a rural property to live more sustainably, healthily and cost efficiently.

People are taking up the challenge in droves and there are already over 4000 Gurbers subscribing to her monthly newsletters and Green Urban Living courses

Janet’s previous books cover the amazing things you can do in an urban environment even with limited space.

The Green Urban Living Seasonal  Challenge is a series of weekly challenges throughout Autumn ( starting this March), all designed around lots of people doing a little bit for themselves and the environment (see attached wall chart)


The challenges are broad in nature so participants will be able to come up with their own solutions and answers and then share these with the world on line. 


The objective is to get people talking, learning and sharing  easy, fun ways to make their lives and our environment a little bit greener whilst being part of  a large Kiwi virtual community.


For each weekly challenge there will be links to articles, people and  ideas relevant to the challenge topic.  Ideas and examples from those participating will be able to viewed on line to help inspire and motivate


A who’s who of green champions are being used to judge each weekly prize with the overall winner being chosen from all of those who submitted valid entries for every challenge.


A kiwi variation on the think globally act locally concept.


The exciting thing about this challenge is that you will be part of the entire Green Urban Living community posting ideas and results from the challenges and voting on the most innovative ideas from those participating.


Some of the challenges include:-


Week 11 ( Starting May 10th )

Do some Guerrilla warfare in your hood! Plant a tree/plant or spread some seeds in your neighbourhood or local park. Share with us in a video or photo what you did/how you did it and what you planted.


Week 12.( Starting May 17th)

 For the final challenge cook two leftover dinners from a meal this week. Post photos on day one ( the original dinner), day two and day three. We could all do with some innovative, easy and crazy meal solutions! How did these leftovers go down with the family? Did they catch on to your cunning plan?


It’s using technology to harness that fantastic Kiwi ingenuity and then share it with everyone. For families and neighbourhood’s it’s a great way of connecting and working together and making a real difference.
We’ve picked up some great sponsors and have some well known Kiwi Eco Celebrities such as Wendyl Nissen, Lynda Hallinan and Malcolm Rands judging individual challenges. The overall prize of green orientated products and services is an added bonus as we look forward to securing a major sponsor of this initiative.

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