Future Living Skills, New Zealand

The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions that reduce your environmental impact. It offers you future living skills for a healthier lower-waste lifestyle. It's a new approach to making smart, affordable and lower-carbon consumer choices in New Zealand.

14 District and City Councils are members of the Sustainable Living Education Trust, and in autumn 2019 they've been joined by the Ministry for the Environment, so that you can now download our learning guides, free anywhere in Aotearoa NZ.  You simply need to register your email and home address (just once, then make a note of the password that we email back to you).

From the eight learning guides, see how to make a healthier, drier and warmer home and how you can easily reduce your waste to landfill. Other topics ready to explore are: home organic food growing, water use efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals, smart healthy food shopping and preserving tips, and how to reduce your power bill. The learning guides include eco-building design and house renovation ideas, lower-carbon transport options, and community resilience in emergencies. All have a practical focus and are independent of commercial bias.

See if your local Council is a member: go to our district and city gateway page,  Member councils have local sustainable living information pages, which we're in the process of updating (April-May 2019).

Our charitable trust has designed the education programme for a net-savvy public, so we no longer rely on tutor-taught evening courses, although they are still recommended where available in member Districts. You can use Sustainable Living materials to support a learning group on future living skills, which could be home-based with neighbours, or at a community venue, environment centre or in your  workplace. There is material in the learning guides for up to eight two-hour sessions, with group activities designed-in. Once registered within NZ, you'll find all those to download free here.   Oveseas users can become individual subscribers for NZ$39

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