Events & Education

​​​​​Council supports a wide variety of learning opportunities and initiatives that will help us move towards a more sustainable community and environment​.​

Sustainable Living Programme

The Sustainable Living Programme is a locally focused programme supported by Council and CO REAP​. The programme 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. 

MAD4CO (Making A Difference for Central Otago) is the action arm of the Sustainable Living Programme. Most years, MAD4CO is involved with a variety of events including the Thyme Festival, World Environment Day, Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week and workshops led by Waste Fee Warrior Kate Meads from Waste Free with Kate. They also hold regular forums where local experts share their knowledge on issues.


Since 2009 Central Otago District Council has funded Enviroschools, a nationally facilitated programme which involves a commitment from the whole school and school community to the Enviro principles.

The Enviroschools Programme fosters students and school staff into a sense of place, connection with, and action in, both the natural and built environment.  It involves children in hands-on experiences and actions where they can make a positive difference to their own environments.

​Love Food Hate Waste

​​​​The Love Food Hate Waste NZ website features recipes, handy tips and information about food waste. 

​You can sign up to receive an e-newsletter on their site and follow Love Food Hate Waste NZ on Facebook.

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