World's greenest cities named

A green(er) future for the city of Christchurch

The future of Christchurch, the New Zealand city struck by two major earthquakes only within a couple of months, is going to be greener, according to a draft plan now presented. The mission: to create a strong, vibrant and prosperous city center, at the heart of a 21st century Christchurch. Over 70 projects are featured,…

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Solscape: Eco-Retreat and (Almost) Sustainability Champion

In my last post on environmental consciousness and sustainability in the hospitality sector, the Rydges hotel in Rotorua pretty much served as a telling example for how much some hospitality businesses still have to do in order to please the environmentally conscious consumer. On the other end of the scale, Solscape, a self-declared eco-retreat off…

Urban sustainability - revolution needed?

Electric Cars to Hit Town – Element Magazine

With some things, New Zealand is surely among the most backward-thinking developed countries out there. Usually, when it’s about cars, there is not much to laugh about here for those who dare try resist. Highways run right through inner cities, leaving pedestrians and cyclists wonder how to keep a good mood in the midst of…