The Green Lab is a social enterprise. This means we put community, wellbeing and environmental sustainability before profit.

We see our focus and impact in the context of the Living Standards Framework. We aim to contribute to the following wellbeing indicators:

Social capital: Our green spaces enable and promote social connections and community building. Our participatory approach empowers people and enables collective action among groups in society. This approach also supports positive social contacts and the development of support networks.

“[The Green Lab was] an integral part to help with the set-up of Kairos Free Store. They transformed the space to create a sense of community and inclusion. They brought life to an empty space, and in turn have created opportunity for customers to come along, enjoy the space and contribute to the maintenance. I often find volunteers come and help tidy and water the gardens. This in itself has contributed to their belonging and purpose at Kairos. The team were a dream to deal with and so professional. They believed in our kaupapa and helped us achieve the vision of creating an intentional community.” 

Project: Edible landscaping for the Kairos Freestore
Beth Hutt
Kairos Freestore Founder

Natural capital: Our green spaces enable a connection between people and nature within the built environment.  In our materials and design approach, we value environmental stewardship – we reduce, reuse and recycle.

“Working with the Green Lab at the Riverbend Refuge project was really special for us – the young people we work with became more connected with the Ōtākaro awa as part of this project, and got to share their beautiful artwork with the wider community! Seeing the Riverbend Refuge come to life was absolutely fantastic, and a testament to the hard working and creative people at the Green Lab. We would absolutely love to work together again.”

Project: Riverbend Refuge, Christchurch
Bridget White – Working Waters Trust Coordinator

Human capital: Our participatory approach enables skill development and capacity building, and encourages people to participate in society. A wealth of empirical research shows that green environments have a fundamental positive impact on human mental and physical health.

“Volunteering on the building [of Kotahitanga] was a very positive experience… the organisation of the building process was simplified so a novice like me could grasp it and achieve good quality work”

Project: Kotahitanga, Christchurch
Volunteer
– Phillipstown Community

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