It’s natural to want to live in an area with such outstanding rural vistas. That’s why Te Whāriki will be protected and enhanced through a programme of ecologically sustainable development.
Impact on the environment is minimised by reducing pollution and noise, conserving resources, preserving the landscape and encouraging native plants. The community features varied shrubs and trees in the streetscapes and open spaces, creating a natural feel, minimising the need for watering and attracting local birdlife.
The development also features living waterways promoting wildlife. The waterways and wetlands also assist in clearing stormwater run-offs from roads, gardens and other land surfaces.
Walking and cycling is encouraged, reducing noise, emissions and energy requirements of the residents. Whether it is connecting to the rest of Lincoln, the University, public transport, or the commercial centre, the scenic walkways and cycleways offer the best method of getting around.
The best definition of sustainable living, by Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Chairperson of the World Commission on Environment and Development is “forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”.
In moving towards sustainable living and green homes, Lincoln is attempting to reduce its ecological footprint. This equates to reducing the resources we use, and the waste and emissions we produce. At Te Whāriki, we are dedicated to addressing the following areas:
- Waste & recycling
- Building design
- Alternate transport
- Paper & purchasing