I have finished putting together the results of a survey of the status of sustainability in the Christchurch rebuild and if sustainability is important to the rebuild, we have a problem.
96 people, primarily either from Christchurch or connected to the rebuild completed the survey. The survey targeted people who either operated sustainable businesses or had an interest, and understandably the overwhelming majority (92%) believed that it was important for the rebuild to be based around sustainable principles. It was felt by 82% of the participants that it was urgent to get sustainability central to the planning process.
Most people (59%) thought that sustainability had gained profile since the quakes, but unfortunately most people (over 75%) thought that the wider business community really knew what sustainability was, why it was a good idea or how to do it. And that’s why only 36% thought that there was a reasonable chance that Christchurch would be rebuilt along sustainable lines.
My report has more detail, including some of the ideas that people think will make sustainability what defines the rebuild. What do you think? What do you think we need to do?
Related articles that highlight the lack of vision our leaders have
- Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (urbanvista.net)