The South Coast Environment Society was formed in 1996 to operate the Environment Centre in Riverton.
Riverton Environment Centre is home to the South Coast Environment Society, which heads a number of community and environment initiatives in the Southland Region of New Zealand.
The Environment Centre is on the main street in Riverton on the Southern Scenic Route, and we provide services to the wider South Coast of New Zealand. The Centre was established to provide a base for and support three existing Riverton environmental groups (Riverton Organic Group, Riverton Organic Food Co-op, and Estuary Care Society) and promote environmental awareness. Since then the Society has provided constant and reliable management for the Centre, making it the oldest continuously running Environment Centre in New Zealand.
Our programmes also reach people and organisations outside our home area, including overseas. The initial three environmental groups are still going strong, and an impressive array of other projects and initiatives have been able to develop that otherwise would have been difficult to facilitate.
We are part of Environment Hubs Aotearoa, the national umbrella for local organisations that help people in Aotearoa take practical action in their homes, neighbourhoods, workplaces, and wild places.