Living Smart

Local people learning how to live lightly

Join the next Living Smart course to meet others 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 interests and knowledge of each 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.

Join a course near you

Living Smart courses are run in different locations throughout the year. See our events page for upcoming courses, keep an eye on Facebook, or contact us to be updated when a course is planned for your local area.

Take a look at our YouTube channel to see what course participants have to say about being part of Living Smart.

What Living Smarties are doing now

More than 720 people have taken part in a Living Smart course since 2016, and everyone has made some change in the way they live their life.

Changes include:

Several volunteer groups and community projects have also emerged, including:

  • Friends of Pine Gully, Seacliff
  • Marion Living Smarties group
  • Green South group, Sustainable Communities SA, Onkaparinga
  • Seacliff Community Produce swap
  • Environmental Support Group, Adelaide
  • Repair cafes: Unley and Adelaide city
  • Burnside’s a Buzz – series of native bee workshops and events

Host a course

Green Adelaide coordinates Living Smart in South Australia and funds courses in partnership with local councils, social services, businesses or community groups.

Since 2016, the former Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Board and now Green Adelaide, has worked with 13 metropolitan councils, three community-run natural resources centres, three regional councils, four schools and two service organisation to deliver 34 courses (as at August 2020).

If you would like to host a course, please email the Urban Sustainability team or phone 8391 7500.

Environmental and community outcomes

Explore more participant actions, as well as course feedback:

Living Smart review 2019

Living Smart review 2018

Living Smart review 2017 + infographic

Living Smart review 2016

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 since undergone improvements by practitioners and researchers - Living Smart courses in SA are coordinated by Green Adelaide with support from local government and other host organisations.