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Sustainability is a complex and somewhat contradictory concept, but at its best represents the hope for a healthy, just and bright future for us all. Choices for Sustainable Living provides participants with a powerful opportunity to explore sustainability more deeply and envision a sustainable world from individual, societal and global perspectives. The 2018 new edition of Choices for Sustainable Living also uses the online EcoChallenge action platform to help participants discover new ways to make change more possible and powerful, both individually and together. The new edition of Choices for Sustainable Living also includes a new session on Water, along with the classic sessions from previous editions.

Participants read each week’s material (which may include brief articles, book excerpts and/or links to online content) on their own before each meeting. During each session, group members take turns facilitating by leading others through discussion questions provided in the course book.

Learn more about this new edition and see a list of FAQs.

Length: 8 sessions; approximately 150 pages

Course Book Type: ebook & paperback

“The Choices for Sustainable Living course is wonderful! I am learning so much and my eyes are opening every day to new ways I can help make things right for the planet. Thank you for creating such great learning materials!”

– Ginger Strand, Course Participant, Dallas, TX


Participants in this course will: 

  • Explore various meanings and visions of sustainability.
  • Consider the ties between their own lifestyle choices and their impact on Earth.
  • Commit to actions that help create ecologically sustainable organizations, lifestyles, and communities.


Sample Discussion Questions

  • Identify one value, belief, or assumption from your culture that you believe contributes to the development of a more sustainable world. What is it about this particular value, belief, or assumption that makes it align with sustainability?
  • Paul Hawken uses many business metaphors in “You Are Brilliant and the Earth Is Hiring.” What nonbusiness metaphors might be used to describe the idea that the Earth needs you?
  • In “Beyond Free or Fair Trade,” Mike Wold highlights some of the effects of NAFTA trade policies. Who or what is at the winning and losing ends as a result of these policies? What are the consequences for each?
  • Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?
  • How do you plan to begin to make change in your own circles of influence? Who could you work with to create a plan? How could encouraging people to envision the future that they want help move people past political debates and into real action? What challenges might arise?

To preview a short discussion activity drawing from this course, please fill out this request form.

To download the Choices for Sustainable Living Media Kit, click here.