Ziptrek Ecotours, Canada

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Ziptrek Ecotours uses the setting of the breathtaking coastal temperate rainforest to blend outdoor adventure with an enlightening ecology-based curriculum. Nestled between the stunning Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Ziptrek provides guests with an inspiring and exhilerating journey along suspension bridges, observation platforms, and, of course, tree-top ziplines. Whether whipping along the steel cable ziplines at speeds nearing 100 km an hour or pausing on an observation deck in a 750 year old tree, the experience is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The 33 acres of diverse and virtually untouched terrain on which the tours operate provides the perfect backdrop for a conversation about sustainability. Tour guides are educated in The Natural Step Framework and use the organization’s science-based understanding of sustainability to educate guests. They use examples from the neighbouring community of Whistler to show how that community has been taking strategic steps towards sustainability using The Natural Step Framework. “We wanted to get people to start thinking about sustainability,” explains co-founder and president Charles Steele. “They say education leads to awareness, and awareness leads to change, so that’s where we started.” From its inception, Ziptrek’s founders were committed to minimizing their own contributions to negative environmental trends. The infrastructure of minimal and moveable bridges, decks, walkways and cables are all designed to allow for the continued natural growth of trees and vegetations, and were constructed with locally sourced...

Local government in New Zealand

A growing number of local government organisations are discovering real value in using the Natural Step framework to ensure they adopt a sustainable development approach for their work, as required by the Local Government Act 2002.  Local government organisations that have benefited from using the framework are listed below. We are currently updating our website resources.  Case studies for the organisations listed below will be available shortly.  In the meantime, for further information please contact our office at tnsnz@thenaturalstep.org. Local government organisations that have benefited from using the Natural Step framework include: Auckland Council Christchurch City Council Manukau City Council Hastings District Council Central Otago District Council...