Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living

Find out about sustainable living events, activities, and resources at libraries.

So Many Stories - September 2023

Listen to interviews in the September episode of So Many Stories:

Poppia talks about sustainability events happening in September.

2MB, 2 minutes 45 seconds

Library Assistant Jamie Stevenson and Trees for Canterbury Manager Steve Bush mark the return of The Great Library Seed and Plant Swap.

4MB, 4 minutes 54 seconds

Shirley Seed Library

Donate or take seeds to grow in your garden at Shirley Library. Available all year round. Ask a Shirley Library staff member for more information.

Sustainability resources

Find sustainable living eResources, books, and eBooks in our collection.

Sustainability Resources

Non-fiction - Sustainable Living

Looking for ways to help save the planet? Learn how to be more self-sufficient, less wasteful and a true eco warrior.

BWB Critical Issues Collection

A deep analysis of New Zealand's big issues, social, environmental and political.


Research the effects of humans on the environment. Use GreenFile now Find out about GreenFile

Sustainability Resources - Global

Sustainability Resources - Local

Sustainable Library Cards

Learn about the Māori designs inspired by Matariki and philosophy behind our biodegradable library cards.

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 Sustainability policies at Christchurch City Council.

Useful websites

  • Brightr -  Supports homeowners & builders get to more energy efficient solutions.
  • CEA - Community Energy Action - Charitable trust that provides (subsidised) insulation or heating, other energy efficiency services and independent energy advice for residents in Canterbury and the West Coast.
  • Community gardens in Christchurch - from CINCH (Community Information Christchurch)
  • ECAN - Environment Canterbury Regional Council - Manages the use and quality of our natural resources, including water, land and air.
  • EECA - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority - Te Tari Tiaki Pūngao
  • Gen Less - Live more with less energy. The home of climate action and ideas

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.

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