Waiheke Sustainability Centre
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Welcome to the Sustainability Centre
This space is used by various members of the community and community groups, hosting 3,600 people per quarter. The space can be booked for $20 per hour for profit ventures and is provided for $10 to non-profit groups. We hope to aid in the development of a better, more sustainable Waiheke. It is a place for like-minded people to come together, growing and strengthening their ideas. These conditions allow groups who meet here to flourish, not stifled by high prices. Make a booking
We are here
Every time you refill an empty container - that's one less plastic bottle in the world and a bit more cash in your back pocket. Be clean and green by making the transition to Ecostore environmentally-safe household and personal products. As a responsible Waihikean, you'll also be protecting your waste water system as every product is septic-tank friendly.
Our Kai Gardens at the entrance to the Sustainability Centre are used to grow crops for our weekly Kai Conscious Cafe. It is also an educational space for composting and demonstrating gardening for those wanting to grow food at home. We also grow seedlings and sell plants through our Kai Garden project.
We can help you get started at home with workshops and support and composting products including Bokashi systems and worm farms. We even sell our own compost and crushed shells for the garden. If you're a business looking to manage food scraps and compostables sustainably, we want to hear from you too. Visit the Sustainability Centre for supplies or get in touch.
Community fridge and pantry
The community fridge and pantry is just outside the Sustainability Centre door and it is open to all, 24/7. The Kai Conscious team stocks it with rescued food from local supermarkets and eateries several times a week. We also welcome any donations of surplus garden produce or food - pop them straight in! They are greatly appreciated by the community.
We have a bookshare box outside the Sustainability Centre's front entrance. Everyone is welcome to borrow books or add to the collection - the bookshare is open 24/7 so you can drop by at any time. We also have a library inside the Sustainability Centre where you can borrow non-fiction books on topics such as gardening.
Our solar journey
There are 12 solar panels situated on the roof of the WRT’s offices at the Sustainability Centre. On a sunny day our panels generate roughly 22kW of energy. This is nearly enough to cover our daily electricity usage and helps make the Centre more sustainable We are helping to lead the way with renewable power sources within the Waiheke community.
WRT’s solar journey started with a French electrical engineering intern Solene who did a study of our energy use and recommended we ‘go solar’. At WRT we know how to party so we turned our Chairman’s birthday into an international event with scripted videos, a live stream, fabulous food, music and a very special brew. Great volunteers, generous friends and our partners at Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd partied hearty and together we raised enough for a solar system. A total of $5,000 was raised which Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd matched, giving a grand total of $10,000 to go towards funding solar panels.
In November 2018, Waiheke’s local solar specialists YSolar NZ, supplied and installed the solar panels at the Sustainability Centre. If you too are interested in going off-grid and switching to solar, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not yet produce enough to cover everything for our busy days, such as Kai Conscious Café, or when people use the centre in the evenings or on weekends. But we can work towards this by raising the funds to complete the next two phases of our solar power journey.
We are now looking to invest in an expansion with another row of panels, allowing the centre to be off-grid and completely self-sufficient, reducing our impact on the environment through energy savings.
We will then be investing in a battery so that surplus energy generated can be stored and used on cloudy days or in the evenings, when the panels will be generating little or no power.
Once we have these essentials, we will look to install e-bike and car charging points, to help encourage and support the use of electric transport on Waiheke. If you would like to help us with these goals, get in touch.