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Content updated and website modernised

New editions of the Future Living Skills group learning guides for Eco-Building and Renovation ,Travel options and Energy were published in 2017 and Water  topic in 2018.  This completed a cycle of updating of content on eight topics, and is accompanied by website system modernisation to make it automatically responsive to mobile phones, tablets and a wider variety of user platforms. Development has been funded by the member Councils, who collaborate on the shared resource for financial efficiency and to get shared access to science-informed and commercially-independent information sources. New materials in development in 2019 are a programme introduction and a new (9th) topic which looks at sustainability in the community and local economy, beyond the household.

New users register every day from across NZ, not just from within member council areas. Nationwide access has been made possble by support in 2019 from the Waste Minimisation Fund of Ministry for the Environment. See our map of registrations by district or city across NZ - green text indicates memebr councils and grey those yet to join.

The current trustees are Eion Scott from NZ Green Building Council, former staff member at Matamata-Piako District and Auckland Councils (an eco-design and communications specialist), Tony Moore from Christchurch (City sustainability advisor), Kitty Waghorn from Waimakariri (waste asset manager), and Natalie Hormann from Hutt Valley (sustainability and gardening educator, lifeskills coach) and the trust has a vacancy for an additional trustee from the North Island.  Rhys Taylor is contracted part-time as National Coordinator. He is based in Geraldine and is a former co-chair of NZ Association for Environmental Education.  Email:  03 6938726

Archive item: Paris agreement welcomed and prompts personal actions here in NZ


“NZ Sustainable Living Education Trust welcomes the international deal made in Paris (Dec 2015), which includes agreement to limit global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and to achieve climate 'neutrality' that will stop most use of fossil fuels after mid-century.  Much of the already-identified oil and coal will have to remain in the ground, whilst New Zealand’s renewables such as hydro, geothermal, wind, photo-voltaics and biofuels will be further developed, alongside energy use efficiency.”

Across New Zealand*, this local government-managed charitable trust provides independent information: on home energy efficiency, low-carbon travel options, home food growing (for reduced petrochemicals and food kms), water use efficiency (less power required for pumping) and many other ways to reduce household carbon footprint.  Website learning, guides for study groups and taught classes are supported.  “It provides practical future living skills in this warming world” says Sustainable Living Trust national coordinator, Rhys Taylor.


*Member councils of the Trust (May 2019) are: Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, Masterton, Upper Hutt City, Marlborough, Tasman, Nelson, Kaikoura, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Central Otago and Chatham Islands.  Together they cover a significant population. More councils invited to join in 2019-2020 year.

Media enquiries on Sustainable Living and 'Future Living Skills' programme to Rhys Taylor, contracted as National Coordinator, phone 03 693 8726 or 021 462 260.

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