Sustainable Living Information

Quick link to downloads area for our 'Future Living Skills' Learning Guides on each topic (for registered site users, access by password issued free within subscribing local council areas or by individual subscription option).

The Sustainable Living Education Trust in New Zealand operates independently, gathering and publishing useful information - the practical stuff that you need to know to make a difference, to take action where you live. We know that you are thinking globally whilst your action has to start locally, at home, in your neighbourhood and at workplaces.

Sharon, pictured here, joined one of our classes as a University of Canterbury student and went on to work at the University promoting sustainability for other students and Departments, on projects such as 'Eco My Flat'. Now she works professionally in waste minimisation. Might you make sustainability 'what you do'?

We start with easy, no-cost actions, then propose small investments that can pay for themselves, such as energy efficiency to cut power bills, and move on to the bigger challenges that you have opportunity to tackle less often but can be ready-informed for, such as when moving home, changing a vehicle, renewing domestic appliances, raising babies, renovating a house and deciding if and where to fly abroad. We aim to help you move towards lower-carbon living and reduce your waste of scarce resources, whilst keeping a good quality of lfe. You will feel good when these choices also save money and support better health. Our community education is focussed on 'future living skills'. Explore this theme more by Liking 'FutureLivingSkills' our associated Facebook page.

To be a user of Sustainable Living learning guides, register once at your district page. If your district or city is a member of the Trust it is free to download the learning guides here. If they are not members, we have an individual subscriber option available at $39: write to the Coordinator to arrange  this: . Meanwhile there is some useful basic info offered for free on our public pages. Enjoy exploring!


What's your footprint?

We can help you to understand and record your carbon footprint, in partnership with Enviromark-CarboNZero, and to understand other aspects of your environmental footprint, whilst keeping your well-being and quality of life in mind. 

Just browsing home sustainability issues?

If you'd enjoy exploring a range of home sustainability questions on-screen, perhaps to see how much you know about the basics already, try our household Quiz  then maybe go to the Issues page.

How to share this with friends

Note that now high school-based evening classes are less common, local learning groups are the easiest way to take part: described here.  You could host or lead one!

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