Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living Series at Papanui Library - April and May 2019

Papanui Library is hosting free activities, demonstrations, information and interactive sessions all week.

Great Stash Swap at Papanui Library - Saturday 27 April 11am to 2pm

Bring along your unwanted fabric, haberdashery, buttons, wool, lace, trims, paints, brushes, zips, needles, card, stamps, in fact any old crafting supplies. Then choose what you want to take away. No cash involved!

Tiny House Building and Living - Sunday 28 April 11am to 12pm

Presented by Vanessa Luke: Following the 2011 earthquakes, Vanessa and Ollie's 1880s brick cottage had to be rebuilt. After hearing how much their planned new house would cost, they decided to take matters into their own hands and, despite no previous building experience, built their own tiny house. They will share what they have learnt along the way. This includes the process of building a tiny house, the benefits, costs and regulations to watch out for.

Garden Life Up Close -  Monday 29 April 3.30pm to 5pm

Presented by Rob Cruickshank: Come along to this interactive session and learn more about the beneficial worms, insects, and other small creatures living in your garden.. We will have a microscope set up, so feel free to bring in things from your own garden to take a closer look. Rob also has a productive worm farm and is happy to discuss its success.

Community Energy Action Trust - Tuesday 30 April 4pm to 6pm

Presented by Michael Begg. Come along and find out all the ways CEA can help you save on energy costs, get free advice, and see samples of available products. CEA provide practical, sustainable, energy efficient solutions.They operate the Curtain Bank and provide information on heating, insulation, damp and draft proofing. Some Government subsidies may be available to help you insulate your home.

Upcycling Craft - Wednesday 1 May 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Make useful household items out of recycled tins and glass jars, or make a reusable shopping bag out of an old t-shirt. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 8 and up

Love Your Rubbish interactive session - Thursday 2 May 3.30pm to 5pm

Presented by Rebekah Ayrey. Test your knowledge of recycling and rubbish with our fun quiz, which will help you to quickly and correctly sort your own at home. Learn about everyday foods and their environmental footprint.

About the Sustainable Living Series

Christchurch City Council has been a leader on climate change for many years and is now actively planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build the resilience that Christchurch needs to support climate adaptation. In support of this, a series of public talks, workshops and Storytimes are being created.

The Sustainable Living Series was launched on Sunday 10 February 2019 at Tūranga. It starts off a two-year programme developed by Christchurch City Libraries to support the Council's climate change strategy.

Sustainable Christchurch

Christchurch City Council defines sustainability as:

A dynamic process of continual improvement that enables all people, now and in the future, to have quality of life, in ways that protect and enhance the Earth’s life supporting systems.

Sustainable Christchurch on the Christchurch City Council website has lots of information about living and working smarter, making better choices. Find out about:

  • Sustainability at home
  • Schools and sustainability
  • Sustainable transport
  • Sustainable communities
  • Resource efficient Council

Read more about Sustainablility policies at Christchurch City Council.

The Sustainable Living Programme

The Sustainable Living Programme is a New Zealand community education programme is a practical, fun way to learn and try out actions that reduce your environmental impact at home.  It’s an opportunity to 'make a difference for the planet', probably save on living costs and be healthier too. Think of it as learning future living skills, relevant at any stage in life. The charitable trust is managed from Canterbury for 15+ partner unitary, city and district councils across New Zealand.

Find information in our collection



  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
    Explore more than 3 million articles on global warming, climate change, alternative energy, environmental policy, going green, recycling, soil, plants, agronomy and more.
  • GreenFile
    GreenFILE contains a collection of scholarly, governmental and general interest titles which examine the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done to minimise these effects.

Connect education programmes

Our Learning Centre school programmes are split into Horizons coursesConnect sessions and Specialised classes. Connect Primary Programmes includes Travelling Connect - Environmental Literacy.