COMMUNITY GIVING

Community connection and resilience is GreenBridge’s ‘big’ work. As an impact enterprise we value and trade in business that enhances community resilience and innovates environmental regeneration projects.  Additionally GreenBridge gives back to its local community as part of our charitable spend. Here are some ways your community whanau can tap into our expertise, specialised designers input, and or sponsorship…

Get together eight plus friends and book one of our mini- workshops for free!  We feel everyone should be able to access information about regenerative solutions.  You must co-ordinates attendees, organises any materials needed and tea and coffee is a nice addition. Your place or GreenBridge’s demonstration site. Workshops can be either hands on or a talk and question format.  Suggested topics include; building a healthy home / starting a community project / pruning fruit trees / compost making / food forest design / integrating small animal systems ie chooks / seed saving / crop rotation and companion planting and more…discuss your needs with us.

Email or phone to request a free one hour community mini-workshop.

Also view our library of free fact-sheets. This information is gold and we offer this to you for free!

 

  • Workshops run at Greenbridge’s discretion, specialists availability and assessed for maximum community impact.
  • We suggest a $5 koha per person, to go toward either; Taranaki Retreat, School Orchards or Sustainable Backyard Trail.
  • If you would like this workshop one on one, we charge $150 + gst + travel

Greenbridge specialists are each paid for 20hours per year, to help a community project of their choice. This equates to over $13,000 in design services gifted back to the community each year. Does your group need help kickstarting a community project? Would you benefit from the input of an experienced designer who has worked on many community and regenerative projects? The project must increase community resilience and have an emphasis on regenerative practice.  We have particular passion for edible landscapes, community facilitation, community gardens or child/school play areas that strengthen nature connection.

Email or phone to request one of our ecological designers time, for your project.

 

 

  • Should your project look to require more than 20hours design time, please discuss your needs with us.
  • Some past projects include; Taranaki Retreat food forest, Omata School orchard, Beach Road Milk plantings and bump space.
  • Project Design Input is at Greenbridge’s discretion, designers availability and assessed for maximum community impact.

GreenBridge sponsors community projects and organisations that have social and environmental wellbeing as part of their core values.  These projects or organisations must have an sustainable or regenerative impact to qualify.  Current ongoing sponsorship includes the Sustainable Backyard Trail, Forest and Bird and the Omata School Community Orchard.

email, phone or apply  for sponsorship for your community initiative.

Check out some of our awesome community projects.

Thank you for all your incredible work, passion and kindness in supporting the children to learn in this way. They're so lucky to have you.

Josie Roberts

Editor of Set - NZ Council for Educational Research
Highly Impressive

Jamie and Suzy Allen

Taranaki Retreat Food Forest
You offer a quality service that benefits the community 

Nick and Daniel Diamond

Free Community Workshop
My children were at Omata school until moving to Oakura this year and we thought Bena did an absolutely wonderful job of the Orchard!

Sacha Bull

Omata Community & School Orchard

COMMUNITY PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY GREENBRIDGE…

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Right now, we are facing a plethora of environmental and social challenges.  While contributors to climate change and human disconnect with nature are many and complex issues, at GreenBridge we work towards solutions, which are often quite simple.  A regenerative approach, works to repair the damage done to both people and our environment by aligning holistic decisions and design with the land and the energy flows of natural systems, whole ecologies and communities.  Following are specific design tools and philosophies we apply to our work…

REGENERATIVE PRACTICE

Regenerative practice and principals heal the land, built environments and human communities, by increasing biodiversity, enriching soil, restoring watersheds, enhance eco-system services and by using human centred design and non-toxic materials. Regenerative practice is today, what sustainability was to yesterday… it's not enough to just sustain the worlds damaged ecosystems, it's time to regenerate them together!

NET-ZERO CARBON PRACTICE

Having a net zero carbon footprint or carbon neutrality, refers to achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal (often through carbon offsetting) or simply eliminating carbon emissions altogether. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report in 2018 is the most up-to-date explanation of the science of climate change. It warns that the whole world, at a global and individual level must take action now. It sets a clear target – we must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, in order to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. Staying below 1.5 degrees C will ‘require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. GreenBridge is committed to achieving, in it’s running, design and implementation to creating net zero carbon sinks.

AFFORDABILITY

It is important to us that the design services and build solutions we offer are affordable to you. One way we do this is to offer a range of services to meet a range of budgets, from DIY workshops and free downloads to simple sketch services to full design and implementation. We offer a scholarship per workshop to make sustainable information available for those who need it. For some community projects we offer free designers time, free min-workshops workshops and talks and sponsorship. However, we do need to pay our bills, just like you and therefore do charge fairly for our work….we get excited by our clients projects and endeavour at all times to offer the highest value service for your budget.

MULTIDISCIPLINE

Our experience shows that the challenge with regenerative solutions, is not that they aren’t available, or that they are necessarily more expensive, but that few bring them together in an integrated way across the scope of property development. By integrating multi-disciplines, such as permaculture, organics, terraquaculture and holistic decision making (HDM) we can help you chose quality solutions, achieve project timeframes, costs and a beautiful home, landscape or community project. We have purposefully built a team from multiple disciplines in order to address social and environmental problems in creative and unique ways.

HEALTHY

Healthy options are important to our clients and to us - healthy non-toxic homes, healthy bodies through eating nutrient dense, organic food and healthy communities through positive social interaction and supportive environments. Without our health our quality of lives suffer (and often the environment too). Therefore when selecting materials, choosing strategies for land management or considering community outcomes, your health, tradies health (who install), the planet and for our own peace of mind, we priorities healthy solutions.

IMPACT ENTERPRISE

Impact enterprise provides a means to improve social wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and economic performance in Aotearoa New Zealand. GreenBridge’s big picture as a impact enterprise business is purpose-driven to trade and to deliver positive social and environmental impact, in particular creative thinking to solve environmental problems, co-design with community groups to improve local resiliency and charitable giving to the community through free design and sponsorship.

PERMACULTURE

Permaculture (permanent-agriculture) is a system of agricultural and social design principles centred around simulating or directly utilising the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture was developed by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison, in 1978. There are twelve guiding principals and three ethics, all of which underpin our GreenBridge work. We teach and sponsor regular PCD’s (Permaculture Design certificates) and two of our designers also hold Diploma’s in Permaculture.

COLLABORATE

We would rather collaborate than compete, empower rather than be the keeper of information. GreenBridge offers free info downloads on range of regenerative topics and DIY workshops, to make this important information available to all. Our design process with you is very interactive and actively seeks your participation. Additionally, because we are a small business, we have learnt that working with a range of business partners, ensures greater diversity and gets better results - the key designer remains involved to ensure that the integrity of your project flows through to completion. For community projects, we use co-design tools to facilitate best results – the synergy of group design, while sometimes 'messy', always comes out stronger and richer!

CO-DESIGN

Our co-design process with you is very interactive and actively seeks your participation in the designing of your home or landscape. Community supported design is important for projects like papakianga, co-housing, pocket neighbouhoods and community landscapes, whereby 'pattern languages'* are used to enhance people experience of spaces, both built and landscape, to encourage natural community interaction (by using interventions such as ‘bump spaces’ and ‘tapioca spaces’), and to support peoples health and wellbeing. These designs are often more resilient to climate change, changing use and more beautiful as they respond to the patterns of the land and human use and therefore highly functioning. In both co-design and community supported design the end users participation in the design process is integral to the success of the project.
* A term first coined by Christopher Alexander to describe good design practices or patterns of useful organisation within a field of expertise.

FUNCTIONAL & RESPONSIVE

Function comes first. A home or landscape has to function well, if it doesn’t function well we wont build it, if we are going to build it we may as well make it beautiful! What does a well functioning home, landscape or community project look like? It’s durable, efficient and responds to the patterns in the landscape and human habitation. Often this results in a vernacular language, meaning local materials, traditions and techniques are used, which results in a distinctive regional aesthetic.

BEAUTY

This may seam like an odd guiding principal; as long as it functions well what does it matter what it looks like? Humans are sensory beings and whether we realise it or not, we are affected by our environemnt. Nature is beautiful and offers bountiful inspiration – as designers we ask and act on ‘why not make it beautiful too?’ Beauty isnt an add on, its intrinsic and more often than not, doesn’t cost a penny – just a bit of care.

LOCAL

Wherever possible we employ local tradies, up-skill local people and use local materials. That’s the ideal; from plant nurseries, to professionals to manufacturing of product and this guiding principal hums away in the back ground when we make decisions about what to use for the best outcomes for you and the environment. When we cant use local, we choose with you, the best possible option that aligns with your and our regenerative values.

HOLISTIC DECISION MAKING

Holistic decision making (HDM) is a process we use regularly at GreenBridge for our own strategy work, to help us get clear about what we most want to be true of our business and lives and helping us to make decisions to align with this reality. Allan Savory founded this approach with his holistic management framework, for making environmentally, socially, and economically sound decisions. We also find the HDM framework is valuable for guiding larger community projects. To learn more about how you can use holistic decision making for you life, project or business, we highly recommend you learn more from Dan Palmer (NZ based) www.milkwood.net

DESIGN & BUILD

GreenBridge began as a design consultancy, but design doesn’t stop on paper… it continues where the ‘pencil hits the dirt’ so to speak. We found it invaluable to learn from the experience that come with installing. Having now undertaken numerous builds and installs we confidently offer this service for both homes and landscapes for our clients. Project managing the process from start to finish ensures a seamless point of contact, accountability, practical solutions and quality work.