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.


2021 Webinar Series 

We have finished our webinar series for 2021 and have had some very generative sessions that have 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


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.

Get in touch with any requests or ideas for webinars in 2021


Green Drinks Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

Our last Green Drinks of 2021 on December 1st is nationwide and being held online. We want to use this as an opportunity to reach out to those who might have felt isolated this year, have a laugh together and share some ideas for a Green Santa stocking and for the year to come.  Register here 

We will gear up our face to face Green Drinks held in regions across the country in February 2022.

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


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 2021/22 programmes by emailing The Sustainability Society Manager.