Future Living Skills, NZ

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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 yet high quality 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 2019 they've been supported through the Waste Minimisation Fund of the Ministry for the Environment, making it possible to download our learning guides free anywhere in Aotearoa NZ. 

For access you simply need to register your email, along with District or City name, home address and contact preferences (just once, then make a note of the password that we automatically 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 to explore are: organic food growing, water use efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals, food shopping and preserving tips, and how to reduce your power bill. The learning guides include eco-building house design and 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 our annual updating.

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 your own 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 interesting group activities designed-in. Once registered within NZ, you'll find all those guides to download free here.   It is free  in Aoteraoa New Zealand, but overseas users can become individual subscribers for NZ$39

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Our most popular topics to download have been organic gardening, waste minimisation, food and energy. All eight are useful and very relevant to life today.

Consider the big challenges we face:

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Tip: Power bills out of control?
Actions and equipment that can reduce electricity costs at home are the focus of our Energy guide.

The BIG Issues