Sustainable Living News: Doing your bit for a better world
Sustainable Living programme is being re-designed in 2013
We are soon launching the new version of this website and supporting materials.
This was formerly an evening class series on practical actions to take at home towards a lower-impact lifestyle. Thousands of people have taken the course across NZ in the past 'Decade of Education for Sustainable Development'. It was delivered by tutors at secondary schools, colleges and community venues, but during 2011 this delivery route ended for most parts of New Zealand, following loss of Government financial support to non-qualification community education courses. Cuts to funding at Polytechnics and Universities for their extra -mural courses also had an impact.
In a few areas, the local council's support retains thriving Sustainable Living evening classes (e.g. Dunedin) but for areas without tutored classes a re-designed course is being prepared, suited to home study and particularly use by neighbourhood or environmental groups.
This website is also being completely overhauled, to provide study materials, and a newsletter, plus an 'entry page' for each member council - and we are pleased to report that a substantial number of councils have stayed with the programme, ready to support and test this re-design in 2013-2014 year.
Check back here on news of our progress, and/or register your interest in our re-launched newsletter once available using the button at the right. Your contact with the Programme is Rhys Taylor on 03 693 8726 or email rhys (at) sustainableliving.org.nz
We are funded by subscribing councils and also open to donations to the charitable trust from individuals, which on the web can be made through Give-a-Little
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Typical Sustainable Living evening course description is here: Read more...
This website was endorsed by Christchurch Press independent reviewer Lee Suckling in March 2010 who described it as "...a more entertaining way to learn about a sustainable lifestyle", and, after describing the courses and workshops, added: "if you can't make it to a course, you'll also find informative Action Guide PDF files for download which simplify the energy efficiency experience". Extracts from the Press review, alongside four other leading NZ sites, is linked here.
Our independent practical information
and in some areas short courses
, show how you can cut 10% off your carbon emissions
, save money and create a healthier lifestyle. If you're ready to reduce your carbon and waste footprints, here's information designed for you. Sustainable Living has over ten years experience running relevant evening classes
, study groups and single-topic workshops across NZ, backed by independent research, local councils, and environmental educators. Start making a difference for future generations now. Register now to join the e-mailing list.
Comments from course participants
"It was fun and informative."
"Gave me a sense of achievement."