Living Smart

Local people learning how to live lightly

Join the next Living Smart course near you to meet other locals interested in living lighter on the planet, while learning new skills and making lasting changes chosen by you, to fit your own situation.

The seven week course is a unique journey that brings people together to learn from and support each other, helping to create networks of like-minded locals.

Course topics include: living simply, waste, water, gardening for biodiversity, gardening for food, energy, healthy you, healthy home, transport and community.

A skilled facilitator adapts the content of each topic, based on the needs of each group and the expertise within the group.

By the end of the course, participants are energised, inspired and ready for the next step, whether that’s small changes in their own home or embarking on a community project.

How to get involved

The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board is funding a number of courses to be delivered in partnership with councils and other organisations in 2017.

February – April

May – July 

To find out more about these courses, or to enquire about running a course in a different area, email the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Urban Sustainability Officer or phone 8273 9160.

What participants have said about the course

In 2016, we worked with the cities of Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Marion and Unley to trial Living Smart in Adelaide. Here is what some people said:

This course inspires you to do better. It gives you things to think about, but more importantly, it is full of information and ideas. I valued group discussions because we could always help and motivate each other. Nothing was impossible and the future is full of possibilities. – Onkaparinga

It has something for everyone. It is a non-intimidating, engaging, fun and insightful way of increasing your awareness to some very big issues. Yet, instead of walking away with a sense of doom and gloom, you feel uplifted and encouraged to make changes – with the support of brilliant facilitators and participants. – Glenelg

It changed all aspects of my life. I can’t un-know what I know now. [I can take] small steps forward with a team around [me]. It has been amazing how many people I have met that share a common goal – just by sharing what I have been up to on a Tuesday night. – Unley 


Related links

Lead agency

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Partners

The Living Smart course was developed in WA through a partnership between City of Fremantle, Murdoch University and Southern Metropolitan Regional Council in 2002. The course has undergone improvements over time by practitioners and researchers, and is coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc., a not for profit organisation based in WA. Living Smart courses in SA are coordinated by Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board with support from Be Living Smart Inc., local government and other organisations.

More information

Community projects

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges