Future Living Skills - learn with us

The Sustainable Living Education Trust helps you with practical and fun ways to reduce your environmental impact, such as growing food at home. It's about simpler, less-wasteful lifestyles here in New Zealand.

It offers you future living skills for a healthier, lower-waste yet good quality lifestyle. It's a new approach to making smart, affordable and lower-carbon consumer choices.

The recent droughts and Covid-19 virus pandemic also remind us that sustainability skills are a great platform for resilience - households that know how to grow and store food, conserve water, stay warm in winter and travel fuel-efficiently are better set up for crisis of any kind, as well as reducing their living costs. We are happy to help!  Go to our action pages if you're ready to start, or sign-in for the learning guides.

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Meet our National Coordinator and home gardener Rhys Taylor, in this April 2020 short video about autumn in his Canterbury food garden:

The Sustainable Living Education Trust helps you with practical and fun ways to reduce your environmental impact, such as growing food at home. It's about simpler, less-wasteful lifestyles here in New Zealand.

It offers you future living skills for a healthier, lower-waste yet good quality lifestyle. It's a new approach to making smart, affordable and lower-carbon consumer choices.

The recent droughts and Covid-19 virus pandemic also remind us that sustainability skills are a great platform for resilience - households that know how to grow and store food, conserve water, stay warm in winter and travel fuel-efficiently are better set up for crisis of any kind, as well as reducing their living costs. We are happy to help!  Go to our action pages if you're ready to start.

Here's more detail:

12 local Councils are current members of the Trust, and in 2020 they've also been supported through the Waste Minimisation Fund of the Ministry for the Environment, making it possible to download our learning guides free, from anywhere within Aotearoa NZ. 

For free access to the guides you simply need to enter your email address along with the District name. It's quick and easy.

From the eight learning guides, find how to make a healthier and warmer home and also how you can easily reduce your waste to landfill. Other topics to explore are: organic food growing, water use efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals, food shopping and preserving tips, and how to reduce your electric power bill this winter. The learning guides include eco-building house design and renovation ideas, lower-carbon transport options, and community resilience to cope better with emergencies. All topics have a practical focus and are independent of advertising.

See if your local Council is a member: go to our district and city gateway page,  Member councils have local sustainable living information pages here, which  are annually updated; and they are interested in encouraging and promoting sustainable living/future living skills groups/classes, in-person or on-line, led by local facilitators.

Our charitable trust has designed the education programme for a net-savvy public, so we no longer rely on tutor-taught evening courses at High Schools, although they are still recommended when available. You can use our materials to support your own learning group on future living skills, which could be home-based with close neighbours, or on-line with workmates, or hosted by an environment centre. There is material in the learning guides to support up to eight two-hour sessions, including interesting group activities. If you wish to register as a potential facilitator you'll find extra teaching materials.

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Access the Learning Materials

Click here to access our online learning materials.


Become a Course Facilitator

Click here to apply to become a Sustainable Living course facilitator.

Existing course facilitators, log in here

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