Dunedin has more than its fair share of innovative people. Partly this is due to the influence of the University, and partly it is due to its attractiveness as a place to live, and partly it’s just the way it’s always been. Dunedin is a harbour town with countryside close by. But it also sustains an active arts scene, good coffee-houses, and pockets of alternative life-stylers. Smart people choose to live here.
One sector that is particularly well-serviced locally – with innovative and progressive folk – is the energy sector. Some at the University make careers out of researching possibilities and trends, such as those teaching in the energy studies programme.
A highly practical example of local folk putting their shoulders to the sustainability wheel is Blueskin Power – the Waitati energy project.
One group I met with recently is the Solar Action Network. Their website and regular bulletins are well worth exploring. Much like a coffee-table house and garden type magazine, but a little more informative – and free to download. The most recent edition focuses on home insulation innovations, projects and costs.
Another great local initiative.