Information on Sustainable Living

NZ's Sustainable Living Education Trust operates independently to gather and publish useful information - it's the practical stuff you need to know, to make a difference, taking action where you live.

We know that you are thinking about change globally whilst your action has to start locally, at home, in your community and workplace. Start learning future living skills on our Actions page.

The downloads area holds our detailed 'Future Living Skills' Learning Guides on each of eight topics. Registered site users have access by password, which is issued free within NZ thanks to support from member City & District Councils (see district page) and Ministry for the Environment, which recognises our contribution to waste minimisation. 

We start with easy, no-cost actions, then propose small investments that can pay for themselves, such as energy efficiency to cut power bills. Then we move on to the bigger challenges. The big ones apply 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 building your 'future living skills' in the community. Explore this theme more by Liking our Facebook page.  (There is a 'FutureLivingSkills' Facebook feed embedded on this page).

To become a user of the learning guides, just register your address and district once, then it is free to download the learning guides here.

Might this be your new career?  Sharon, pictured here, joined one of our classes when a University of Canterbury student and went on to work at the University promoting sustainability on campus & on student projects such as 'Eco My Flat'.  Still in Christchurch, Sharon works professionally in waste minimisation.  Perhaps you will make sustainability 'what you do for a living'!


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. 

There are other footprint calculators available that express your environmental impact in terms of global Hectares of land required to suppport you, with comparisons to 'average kiwi' impacts.  Member Council Kapiti Coast District has a good one -   (you need to sign up on first visit at ecofootprint, to use it)


Just browsing? Try the quiz!

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 on to this site's Issues page.

How to share this with friends

Now that subsidised high school-based evening classes are less common, local learning groups or privately-hosted classes are the easiest way to take part: described here.  You could host or lead one! Our learning guides are interesting for a solo reader, but designed for use by groups and we know learning for adults is more fun done that way.