Sustainable Living Learning Guides

Practical information to build future living skills


The eight Future Living Skills (or 'sustainable living') learning guides are on: 

  • energy efficiency: cut your power bill
  • eco-building: solar design and insulation
  • water use and river protection
  • organic veges & growing crops at home
  • waste minimising in your consumer choices
  • food: healthy choices, shopping & processing
  • travel options and their carbon impacts
  • community resilience (which links with emergency preparedness)

Simply identify your home area within NZ (pick the District Council) and use your email address get free access to learning guides  (published as PDFs). They have been designed to work both as topics to read on-line solo and as content for an informal study/discussion group or as a formal evening class led by a tutor. Tutored clases are available in a few locations, such as Timaru District, Christchurch, Dunedin and the Wairarapa, but self-help learning groups can be run anywhere across NZ, with back-up if you live in a member district.

See our Districts page for what options are available to join already in your locality, or plan to start your own group. See below.

Individuals outside New Zealand can subscribe for an annual fee of NZ $39.  Email to arrange this.

For background reading if you have time to browse see our issues page, otherwise cut straight to actions.

Consider using our short survey to tell us what topics most interest you and how you like to learn, as it helps in further course design.


 Evening classes and groups

Would you like to host such a learning group for family and friends, for street neighbours or workmates? Register as a facilitator free of charge, download the learning materials on your preferred topic(s) from the eight choices. You will find practical help there on content and group learning activities, web video links, plus slide sets and extra reading material.  Recruit from 5 to 15 people to make your learning group.

We are experienced in helping adults learn about sustainability.  Our education materials are peer-reviewed and independent of advertising, unlike most print and web media sources. Suppport from local and central government (Waste Minimisation Fund of Ministry for Environment) makes this non-commercial approach possible. We update content as funding allows and welcome feedback from users to help keep web-links up to date.

See our info for tutors if you would like to run a class series within a subscribing Council district using this copyright leaning material, especially if you want our endorsement, in order to use the 'brand' (and especially if you intend to charge participants a fee). Register as a potential facilitator, then email the National Coordinator:


Our evening classes have, so far, attracted significantly more women than men (such as this early group of teachers and parents pictured at Freeville School in New Brighton), but otherwise Sustainable Living/Future Living Skills has attracted a great mix of ages, backgrounds and income levels. The mix of life-experience across generations makes such groups successful settings for learning. They are a good place to meet people from your locality, and make new friends with similar interests.

The 'Actions you can take' page gives an overview and free background information, then go to the districts page for relevant local information, which you will usually find grouped under the same eight topic headings. Download 'learning guide' files are grouped by topic.


Where are the learning groups and courses?  (link)

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