Sustainable Living for New Zealand's future


The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and to try out actions that will reduce your environmental impact at home. It’s an opportunity in New Zealand to 'make a difference for the planet', live a healthier lifestyle and maybe save on everyday living costs.

Lesley (pictured here) took this course in Christchurch because she and her husband sought a better future for her son and baby daughter, growing up in a world of limited resources and warmer climate. "Being a parent makes you think much more about future challenges than you did as teenager." Our learners are aware that climate change and resource depletion is real and that a wise response is urgent.

In 2014 we have re-designed the programme to better suit an internet-savvy public, and we no longer rely just on taught evening courses, although they are recommended where available (e.g. Dunedin, Hutt City). You can use Sustainable Living now in your own learning group on future living skills, which could be home-based, at a community venue or workplace.

If your council is a subscriber, their support allows you as alocal resident to download our learning guides free

Or, if your local council is not yet a subscriber, you can purchase access to the materials direct from us at Sustainable Living, a registered educational charitable trust (from July 2014 - individual subscriber cost to be announced soon).

And/or you could encourage the District or City Council to join from July 2014 so that everyone locally can use it!  Read more about the Education Trust and its supporters here and put them in touch with us.

From the learning guides, you will develop future living skills, including what would make your house a healthier, warmer place and how you can reduce your waste going to landfill. Other topics explore: lower-carbon transport options, organic food growing, water saving, avoiding toxic chemicals, food shopping and preserving tips, reducing both your power bill and environmental footprints, eco-building design and house renovation suggestions and finally community resilience - which is more than being disaster ready. All are examined with a practical focus, and independent of commercial bias or sales pressures. We have spent over ten years and assembled expertise developing the programme.

We do offer some basic information free to the public on these web pages about living more sustainably in NZ, whilst the detail is only available only to our registered users: see the local district or city's gateway page on this site to get access.

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