Education & Learning Opportunities

 Earth Hour Calendar

Sustainability Action Group MAD4CO (Making a Difference for Central Otago) has organised a schedule of activities to celebrate Earth Hour 2017 (25 March) and give the community opportunities to get involved and learn more how to live more sustainably.

Register at Central Otago REAP on 03 448 6115 or email

​Saturday 25 March 11.30am-1.30pm​Working Bee at Miners Lane Plantings​Miners Lane Clyde
​Monday 27 March 9.00-11.30amWaste Free at Home​Alexandra Community House, Centennial Avenue
Monday 27 March, 1.00-1.45pmWaste Free care products for professionalsInvite only. Enquiries to
Monday 27 March, 7.00-9.30pmWaste Free at HomeCromwell Presbyterian Church 10 Elspeth St, Cromwell 
Tuesday 28 March 10.00am-12.30pmWaste Free at Home RanfurlyManiototo Playcentre, 35 Bute Street, Ranfurly
Tuesday 28 March 7.00-9.30pmFood Lovers’ MasterclassTeviot Valley Educare,  2 Hawick St, Roxburgh
Saturday 1 April, 9.30am-1.00pmSustainable House TourMeet at Alexandra Community House at 9.15am to arrange car pool to various locations

​​Conversations with our community tell us that shared learning about environmental issues is the key factor in taking steps to reduce your footprint, build community resilience and make people and planet friendly choices at home and in the work place. Council supports a wide variety of opportunities to move towards this and the vision of our Waste Minimisation and Management PlanTowards Zero Waste and a Sustainable Central Otago.​

Sustainable Living Programme

The Sustainable Living Programme is a locally focused programme supported by Council and CO REAP​. The group provides information, activities and resources to encourage groups and individuals to change the way they use resources, to become more efficient and to reduce waste. The global goal is to help ensure a healthy future for our people and our planet.

MAD4CO (Making A Difference for Central Otago) is the action arm of the Sustainable Living Programme. Local groups, businesses, schools, Council and individuals work together on community projects centred on sustainability, resilience and wise use of resources. The group work to provide learning and action that will generate community commitment to an environmentally sustainable future for future generations. Most years, MAD4CO are involved with a variety of events including: The Thyme Festival, World Environment Day, Earth Hour, DOC Conservation Week, KNZB Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week and Cloth Nappy Workshops. They also hold regular forums where local experts share their knowledge on issues such as biodiversity, water quality, ecological footprinting, permaculture and organic gardening, food resilience and lots more. Have a look at MAD4CO’s Facebook page or phone CO REAP on 0800 267 327 or (03) 448 6115 for the information on upcoming events and to start your connection with interested locals.


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