Useful Links – Biodiversity

Biodiversity is all about ensuring longevity of flora and fauna species through a range of available genetic specimens. These resources will teach you more about ensuring biodiversity in your pocket of the world.


Going NativeArcher, M & Beale, B (2004) Going Native Living in the Australian Environment, Hodder Headline, Sydney
Going Native is a controversial and practical book about Australian conservation strategies and how our land use is seriously damaging and unsustainable for the Australian soil.
Going Native covers what can be done to keep what is left of the natural Australian environment and how we can change our behaviour to ensure a more sustainable lifestyle. We have to think of ourselves as part of this country and learn how to act accordingly.

SERCULSouth East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
SERCUL comprises a committee made up of community members, local governments and state agencies; staff that work under regional programs and the Landcare Centre (known as Yule Brook Homestead). They undertake regular revegetation and nature restoration projects, as well as education programs and other volunteer events.

Inspiration GreenInspiration Green
Inspiration Green was started as a resource site to guide those to knowledge about environmental choices. Months were spent taking photos, cropping images and laying out the design, many more months went by as environmental resource information was aggregated and added to the site. After the resource footing was built, the blogs and video clip categories were added. Today, they scour the web and streets of New York to bring the most inspiring green news, media, environmental art and sustainable building out there.


Do you have any resources on biodiversity? Why not share them in the comments below? Don’t forget to check out our Courses page to find out details to the next Living Smart course near you!

Useful Links – Living Simply

Living Simply is one of the main topics of the Living Smart courses. These resources will help you find ways you can bring simplicity into your life.

Books: The Thrifty Kitchen

Suzanne & Kate Gibbs, The Thrifty Kitchen, Penguin Australia
The Thrifty Kitchen is your guide to cooking and shopping on a budget without compromising on flavour or goodness, brought to you by one of Australia’s most respected food families. Join food editor and writer Suzanne Gibbs and her daughter Kate Gibbs as they share their secrets for creating over 170 delicious dishes, as well as provide numerous tips for saving time and money and reducing waste.


Ghazi, P & Jones J (2004) Downshifting, Hodder Mobius, United Kingdom
This is a new edition of this bestselling guide to creating a simpler and more balanced life.



Consumption Rebellion
Consumption Rebellion is a web-based magazine that looks to teach the potential exploitation arising as a result our consumption habits.

Down To Earth Forums
A forum to discuss all kinds of sustainability and simple living issues, the Down to Earth Forums are a welcoming and supportive community of like-minded individuals with a wealth of knowledge.

This is a great blog, following the trials and tribulations of one family’s attempts to live sustainably in the suburbs.

Useful Links – Waste Smart

Green HolidaysWe hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.

Now that the major part of the festivities is over, the chances are there is a lot of waste lying around, waiting to be disposed of. In light of this, Living Smart presents the useful links for being Waste Smart.

Living Smart was fortunate enough to receive a Zerowaste Grant in 2012. The grant allowed us to revise the Waste Section of our Action Guide (now known as a Participants Guide), find local and regional case studies, conduct a Waste Audit  and provide course resources for our facilitators.

Below are some very helpful links that have come from the Waste grant.
If you are looking to find your local waste facility, take a look here.

As part of the Zerowaste grant, Living Smart and City of Fremantle partnered to conduct a waste audit. Our own Living Smart member Emma Jack coordinated the event and it was an amazing insight to peoples waste. Here is a short video…..its well worth watching.

cooking green reducing your carbon footprint in the kitchenHeyhoe, K (2009), Cooking Green: Reducing your carbon footprint in the kitchen, First Da Capo Press Edition
Choosing local, organic foods benefits your health and the planet’s. But how you cook is as important as what you cook: cooking itself is an under-reported yet substantial greenhouse gas creator. Now, Kate Heyhoe shows you how to think like an environmentalist in the kitchen.
Recycling and managing wasteHealey, EJ (2010) Recycling and Managing Waste: Issues in Society, The Spinney Press
This book reveals the extent of our growing waste problem and examines the waste and recycling practices of households, and includes many tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Topics include green waste, plastics, glass, paper, metal and electronic waste (e-waste).

Love Food Hate WateLove Food Hate Waste
The Love Food Hate Waste program supports households and businesses across NSW to save time and money (but that doesn’t mean we can’t use the tips elsewhere) and reduce their impact on the environment by providing easy and practical solutions to avoid wasting food. Wasting food also impacts on our food sustainability and food security.

Western EarthcarersWestern Earthcarers
Earth Carers think resources, not waste! We provide free education and support for the community to rethink their waste and to reuse and recycle more things more often.

Useful Links – Community Smart

Making the change in our own lives is just one part of Living Smart. We also help you make changes at a community level, to make a more lasting effect in the wider world.


Here are a few books and websites with tips on making your Community Smart.


Carr- Grass Roots and Green TapeCarr, A (2002) Grass Roots and Green Tape, Federation Press, NSW

The ecological alarm has sounded, and rural community groups world-wide have responded with determination and creativity to local environmental crises. Once grass roots and peripheral, these voluntary organisations are becoming increasingly central to sustaining our environment. Governments are increasingly adopting policies that devolve their economic and environmental responsibilities, placing pressure on environmental stewardship groups to assume responsibility for their local environment.

Grass Roots and Green Tape is a ground-breaking work investigating community-based environmental stewardship. It explores the dynamics within these groups, and how these groups interact with government.

Hopkins- The Transition HandbookHopkins, B (2008) The Transition Handbook, Australia and New Zealand Edition, Finch Publishing
The Transition concept is one of the big ideas of our time. Peak oil and climate change can so often leave one feeling depressed and disempowered. What I love about the Transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear. The Transition Handbook will come to be seen as one of the seminal books which emerged at the end of the Oil Age and which offered a gentle helping hand in the transition to a more local, more human and ultimately more nourishing future.


Our Community is Australia’s Centre for Excellence for the nation’s 600,000 not-for-profits & schools, providing advice, tools, resources and training.

Australian Conservation FoundationACF
We campaign on climate change, rivers, oceans, forests, and for a nuclear free, sustainable Australia.

Conservation VolunteersConservation Volunteers
Conservation Volunteers recruits volunteers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to join important environmental and wildlife conservation projects.

Useful Links – Smart Gardens

Coming out of spring into summer, it’s time to get back out into the garden and get it ready for the hot weather to come. Luckily, we have some useful links to make it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for. We have some great websites and books to get your brain into gardening gear.


"The Green Gardener" by Josh ByrneByrne, J (2006) The Green Gardener, Penguin Australia

More and more people are looking for practical ways to do something about critical environmental problems such as global warming, water shortage, the loss of biodiversity, and chemical-laden food. In this timely and very down-to-earth book, Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne shows how you can contribute to a cleaner, greener world in your own backyard

"Organic Fruit Growing" by Annette McFarlaneMcFarlane, A (2001) Organic Vegetable Gardening, ABC Books

Best-selling author Annette McFarlane takes on organic fruit growing in a companion book to her enduring classic Organic Vegetable Gardening. In this practical, no-fail guide, Annette makes fruit growing easy with advice.
Complete with profiles of 60 shrubs, vines and trees, including unusual fruits such as carambola, grumichama and granadilla, and specific advice on how to best manage their requirements, Organic Fruit Growing will show you, whether a novice or experienced gardener, how to supply family, friends and neighbours with fruit all year round.


"Composting" by Tim Marshall


Marshall, T (2003) Recycle Your Garden, ABC Books


This book tells you what you need to know about recycling in your own backyard. In explaining how composting works, Tim Marshall covers many other subjects: how to build a foolproof heap and maintain it well; how to source a wide range of suitable materials apart from kitchen and green waste; and how compost will improve your soil. Other features include sections on biodynamic composting methods, compost methods for different climates and how to maintain a thriving worm colony. There are also many suggestions about ways of using the rich, crumbly organic matter your compost will produce.

ACF&CGNAustralian City Farms and Community Gardens

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens is an informal, community-based organisation linking people interested in community gardening around Australia.
Seed SaversSeed Savers

The seed savers are a group of tireless individuals sharing knowledge about locally adapted seed collection and sharing. It’s a great group and a wonderful way to make sure your garden produces the best produce for your area.

Water CorporationWaterwise Plants

The Waterwise plants for W.A.Database will help you find water wise plants that grow best where you live.