Sustainable Living Information

Quick link to downloads area for our Learning Guides (for registered site users).

The Sustainable Living Education Trust in New Zealand operates independently, gathering and publishing useful information for future living skills - the practical stuff that you need to know to make a difference, to take action where you live. We know that you think globally whilst your action starts locally, at home, in the neighbourhood, and at workplaces.

Sharon, pictured here, joined one of our classes as a University of Canterbury student and went on to work at the University promoting sustainability for other students and Departments, on projects such as 'Eco My Flat'. Now she works professionally in waste minimisation.

We start with easy, no-cost actions, then propose small investments that pay for themselves, such as energy efficiency to cut power bills, and move on to the bigger challenges that you have opportunity to tackle less often but can be ready-informed for, such as when moving home, changing a vehicle, renewing domestic appliances, raising babies, renovating a house and deciding if and where to fly. We aim to help you move towards lower-carbon living and reduce your waste of scarce resources. You will feel extra good when these choices also save money and support better health. Our community education is focussed on future living skills.

To sign up now as a user of Sustainable Living learning guides on several topics from Nov 2014 and more from January 2015, register at your district page. If your district or city is a member of the Trust it's free to download the learning guides here. If they are not members, we shall have an individual subscriber option available in 2015 and meanwhile there is useful basic info for free on our public pages. Enjoy exploring!

We are also presenting news and contacts from across NZ on Facebook each week.


What's your footprint?

We can help you to understand and record your carbon footprint, in partnership with CarbonZero, and to understand other aspects of your environmental footprint, whilst keeping your well-being and quality of life in mind. 

Specific question for us? And we have some for you!

If you know exactly what you are seeking on an aspect of sustainability, try a keyword or phrase in our site search engine (top right of this page). Most of the detail within download PDFs is only available to registered users - see our districts page for how to register within member council areas. It's quick and easy. Any adverts on the search resuts are from google and are not endorsed by us: we do not accept any paid advertising.

We have seven quick questions to ask new site visitors, especially if you're not already receiving email from the Sustainable Living Education Trust.

Try our Survey:

Created with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Just browsing home sustainability issues?

If you prefer to explore a range of home sustainability questions on-screen, perhaps to see how much you know about the basics already, try our household Quiz 

We can tell you more, if you've time

There's information from our team on film available at YouTube. Hear our Coordinator, Rhys Taylor, delivering a talk to local government colleagues in Auckland about Sustainable Living programme a few years ago: embedded film clip below (9 minutes - other sections follow it). It is from when delivery was focussed on taught evening classes. To find subsequent parts, switch to this page.

Note that local learning groups are now the easiest way to take part as there are fewer high-schol based classes, described here.

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