Future Living Skills, New Zealand

The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions to reduce your environmental impacts. It offers you future living skills for a healthier lifestyle and a new approach to making smart consumer choices in New Zealand.

Where your local Council is a member of the Sustainable Living Education Trust, you can download our learning guides, free. First, go to our district and city gateway page, to check if your Council is involved. You need to register your email and home address just  once, then make a note of the password that we quickly email to you.

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

Enjoy exploring this site. (even if you find that your District Council is not yet a subscriber, we offer some basic information for free on other pages about actions for living more sustainably in NZ).


Our charitable trust has re-designed the education programme for a net-savvy public, so we no longer rely on tutor-taught evening courses, although they are recommended where available. Now 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 topic sessions, each of two hours. Once registered, website users find those to download here.

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