Sustainable living

Sustainable living

'Sustainable living' is a term that covers actions that we can all take to reduce our impact on the environment.

Some of the most common actions are:

  • buying appliances that are more water- and energy-efficient
  • ensuring our homes are well insulated
  • growing our own vegetables
  • using public transport
  • buying locally produced goods
  • re-using and recycling.

Auckland Council and Council-Controlled Organisations have a number of environmental programmes to support individuals and businesses around Auckland who are striving to make a positive difference to the environment.

Your home and garden

Auckland Council is involved with several programmes to help people improve the sustainability of their homes.

Information and advice

The Sustainable Living Education Trust offers study guides and short courses showing how you can reduce carbon emissions, save money and create a healthier lifestyle. Auckland Council is a member council, so Auckland residents who register with the trust can access these services for free.

For more, see Sustainable Living Education Trust.

Eco design advice

If you're planning a renovation or new build, you can also book a free two-hour consultation with our Eco Design Advice team. Eco Design Advisors are advocates for creating healthier buildings, improving our use of energy, water and materials, minimising waste, and reducing environmental damage from building projects.

For more, see Eco Design Advice.

Healthy Rentals

Landlords in several local boards around Auckland can get help to transform their rental properties into healthy, energy efficient homes. If the property is occupied by low income tenants - or tenants who have health conditions related to cold, damp housing - you can get assistance to make your rental property healthy and warm.

For more, see Healthy Rentals 


If you have a garden, the Compost Collective can help you learn about making compost and improving your soil.

For more, see The Compost Collective.

Reducing food waste

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign provides information and recipes to help you save money and reduce food waste.

For more, see

In your community

Sustainability involves everyone, and working as a community makes initiatives more effective and more fun.

There are several places you can go to start, including joining a community group or environmental project.

For more, see:

Plus there are lots of smaller interest groups that you can view on the Index NZ website.

Water use

Reducing the amount of water we use every day has benefits for everyone.

Watercare's Be Waterwise programme offers advice on improving water efficiency in your home or business.

For more, see Be Waterwise.


Travelling by public transport, by bike or on foot is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint, and also get more out of your journey.

Auckland Transport offers help planning public transport journeys, as well as information on routes for cycling, walking and running, and programmes to encourage sustainable transport options for school children.

For more, see:


Improving the sustainability of your business can also make it run more efficiently.

The Sustainable Business Network and the Sustainable Business Council are two organisations helping businesses succeed through becoming more sustainable.

For more, see:

Funding and financial support

We provide funding, practical support and advice to individuals, community groups, schools, trusts and organisations in their initiatives to protect and enhance their local environment.

For more, see Community grants and support.

If you need financial assistance to insulate your home, you may be eligible for assisted-payment insulation provided as part of the Retrofit Your Home programme, or for free insulation provided as part of Warm Up New Zealand.

For more, see:

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