Urban sustainability

How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world – Anne Frank, Writer

We can all be creative in the way we care for the earth and others in our ecosystem. There are wonderful examples of sustainable living in cities and suburbs as well as on farms and rural centres.

Every small action makes a difference. Take a look at the information below for ideas on how we can all do something in our own backyards and beyond.


It is possible to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment – economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to changing needs. From good design, retro-fitting to simply changing our behaviour, we can be creative and thrifty with our resources.


The native plants that evolved and flourished across the Adelaide Plains were both food and useful materials for the local Aboriginal people. These hardy and attractive plants add beauty as well as support local wildlife in our gardens.

Growing food reconnects us to nature and the seasons. Through understanding our soil and how food grows, we can revitalise our land, rediscover old traditions and revive lost skills.


Adelaide has great green spaces to explore. Our unique parks and reserves are easy to get to and have something for everyone. Spending time in nature increases our zest for life, overall health and mental wellbeing.


You are what you eat!

Appreciating healthy and seasonal food together builds rich connections. The stories of our local producers and our everyday lives intertwine at our tables.


We can all be involved in promoting safe, sustainable use of rainwater, recycled stormwater and wastewater. It is an essential resource for the health of urban environments and the wellbeing of all.

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges