Future Living Skills, NZ


The Sustainable Living programme is a practical and fun way to learn about and use actions that reduce your environmental impact. It's about simpler, less-wasteful lifestyles here in supposedly clean and green New Zealand.

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.

The recent droughts and 2020 Covid-19 virus pandemic also remind us that sustainability is 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!

11 District, Unitary and City Councils are members of the Sustainable Living Education Trust, and in 2020 they've 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 you simply need to register your email address along with the District name. It's quick and easy. You can start making real changes in your life and contribute to making a difference across New Zealand.

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 electric power bill. The learning guides include eco-building house design and renovation ideas, lower-carbon transport options, and community resilience in emergencies. All topics 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  are annually updated; and they are interested in encouraging and promoting sustainable living/future living skills groups/classes 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 where available. 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, an environment centre or in your workplace. 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 all the materials to download free here.  (It is free in Aoteraoa New Zealand, but overseas users can become individual subscribers for NZ$39  Email to arrange that: rhys (at) sustainableliving.org.nz )

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PS. We are providing practical information to help you support Gen Less, the movement for lower carbon energy in New Zealand. Our site is where you can get useful detail after seeing the headlines at https://genless.govt.nz/     Gen Less (using the less-than symbol as its logo, below) is a lifestyle choice: a decision to start getting more out of life by using less energy. It's the first 'generation' anyone can join, regardless of age.


And there's more on this site than than energy-efficiency and travel information. We also cover waste minimisation, water impacts, food growing, community resilience...

Consider the big challenges we face - see links below these graphics:

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

Tip: Summer Veges 365!
Drying, freezing and bottling foods will preserve summer's garden harvest. Guide available at our Food guide.

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