TSS holds a variety of networking, idea sharing and learning forums which contribute to both:

Supporting our sustainability leaders within the built environment community, and

Engaging with the wider built environment practitioner network to highlight sustainability issues and build the capacities to respond

We work in collaboration with other aligned networks and organisations to create the ‘joined-up’ thinking that is required for the future.


We are excited to host a series of waterwalks around the country again in 2022.

These walks are intended to reconnect the local community and built environment practitioners with a local waterway and provide different stories about it’s history, present and potential futures.

These are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Nelson with the help of some of our talented water network in those centres.

For the first time in 2022 we have taken up the challenge to offer these online so that they don’t need to be postponed due to our changing COVID conditions. We will use story and video to ensure that these continue to be a rich, sensory experience of connecting with a local waterway.

These are scheduled across the week 21 – 25 March 2022 to align with World Water Day

Sign up for these sessions here

Thanks to our organisational members Tonkin & Taylor and Morphum Environmental for partnering with us to presennt these waterwalks.

Green Drinks Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

We are excited to get back into hosting our Green Drinks across the country in 2022 (our sixth year hosting this monthly event)

What is ‘low-fi’ Green Drinks? It’s people with a connection to sustainability getting together for a regular catch up. Simple really. We just want to offer a little incubator for ideas and connections. 

Currently we are seeking advice on how best to host these under our current Red Alert Level and hope to be able to restart these in March 2022. Sign up to receive updates for our Green Drinks follow us on Eventbrite

TSS Webinar Series 

We had a hugely successful webinar series in 2021 despite the challenges of COVID and had some very generative sessions that addressed a wide range of sustainability issues and opportunities across Aotearoa’s built environment including:

Te Mana o te Wai – Shaping our Future Work Watch recording of the session here   

RMA reform in Aotearoa and it could form a new approach  – Watch recording of the session here 

Urban Ecology and the Role of nature in our Future CitiesWatch recording of the session here  

Circularity and Doughnut Economics and it’s application in the Built Environment Watch recording here

Developing Communities of Practice around Rapid Urban Transformation recording coming soon

2022 Webinar Series will be launched soon.

Webinar Series – Mobility Through a Water Quality Lens 

There is no question that urban roads and the level of vehicle traffic they carry affects water quality in receiving environments. It has been estimated that 10% of all microplastics in the oceans are derived from tyre wear, and sediments, heavy metals and hydrocarbons are washed into our streams and rivers every time it rains. The question needs to be asked, what would our future transport networks look like if we placed improving water quality outcomes as the primary driver?

The Sustainability Society hosted a series of three webinar panels in February 2021 to investigate this question.

Workshop: Foundations of Sustainability

This successful workshop is being redeveloped currently and will be relaunched in a new format in early 2021.

This one-day workshop will introduce some of the foundational aspects of sustainability in the built environment. It will bring in both the global and national drivers for integrating sustainability into practice and provide opportunities for participants to apply this thinking to built environment contexts.

It is targeted to built environment practitioners who are in the initial stages of their career or who have recognised they need to have a broader and more current understanding of sustainability within their professional practice. This workshop is relevant for engineers, planners, urban designers, architects and other built environment practitioners.

This workshop is hosted by TSS in partnership with Engineering NZ.

Register your interest in hearing more about 2022/23 programmes by emailing The Sustainability Society Manager.