Leaving a trail for others to follow

By 
Matt Fordham
 on 
December 11, 2019
By showing the city how these things are done and the lessons learned along the way, we can go way beyond introducing new ideas or inspiring people - to actually empowering them.

Earlier this week, Mayor Phil Goff’s Annual Budget proposal was submitted to Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee.

The Mayor's proposal includes actions to take leadership on Climate Change. This continues a pattern for Auckland. Under Mayor Goff Auckland is a member of the international C40 network of cities "taking bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future" and the Council currently has a team reviewing submissions to the draft Climate Action Framework that was published earlier this year.

One item reported from the Mayor's Budget proposal was, "shifting to sustainable energy across [Auckland's] community facilities." This is a great idea. Community Facilities are hubs that attract thousands of people, and powering them with sustainable energy helps introduce the idea across the city.

But we can go further than that.

We'd challenge the Mayor and Council to document and share the process and outcomes behind an initiative like this. Make public the energy and financial analysis building-by-building, and document the lessons learned along the way. The city's Climate Action Framework - which proposes actions across all sectors - could take a similar approach. As well as enabling or delivering one-off exemplar projects, share the lessons so the same results can be achieved by hundreds of other projects at lower cost, and with less complexity and risk.

By showing the city how these things are done and the lessons learned along the way, we can go way beyond introducing new ideas or inspiring people - to actually empowering them.

We believe this is key to accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable future, and is our focus at Sust. The projects we profile all have one thing in common - they are committed to sharing their lessons learned to help make it easier for the next generation of projects to follow. Let's have Auckland Council make a similar commitment to empowering others to follow in their footsteps.