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    One Purpose ... Coming Home ... to the Earth

    “A human being is a part of a Whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space.  We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest … a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

    Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.” 

    Albert Einstein


                   Only in the last moment of human history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world. E. O. Wilson 


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The Sustainability Street Approach is, above all, about deep love and respect for the Earth.  It's a chance to re-discover in ourselves, the age old awe in which humans have held our magnificent planet. For many thousands of human generations, reverance for the Earth has been the foundation for our living.  Re-capturing this respect is the foundation for modern sustainable living. Visiting, enjoying, loving and deeply respecting nature is not "getting away from it all", it's coming back to it all. One comes home to what’s important. One comes home to oneself. 

Moreover, this precious relationship with our planet is a two way street. 

On the one hand, of course, we need food, we need water.  However, more than that, we also need nature for what it is.  It is good for our souls.  Refreshing contact with nature is deeply nourishing for our selves and for our  humanity.  In the words of Peter Dombrovskis, whose photo of Devil Bend gave a connection to mainlanders and turned the tide in the fight to save the Franklin River ...

...  if you go to the wilderness, you're not getting away from it all, you are coming back to it all. Coming home to what's important. Coming home to yourself.  Peter Dombrovskis.

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
E. O. Wilson.  Biologist, and author of "The Death Of Birth"

 NB: The One Purpose is detailed in the new manual, The Shorthcut to Sustainability Street; DIO, available for sale through the link below or via download from licenced partners, such as Councils, NGOs, Catchment Authories, etc.  The Scenic Route to Sustainability Street; DIO, provides hundreds of pages of further detail, activities, ideas, templates, stories, recipes, evaluation and study reports,  suggestions to complement the Shortcut are available on this website as a free add-on to the Shortcut to Sustainability Street.


Download the SSA Prospectus - The Approach is available for free to volunteers and for modest cost to licensed partners.

Find Out about the EcologicalFINGERprint.pdf - appraised and endorsed by Dr. David Suzuki. NB: that's finger, not foot!!  Where we are going not where we've been.  Very positive and future focussed.

Evaluation & Media

Since 2002, more than 250 local Sustainabilty Street Villages have accomplished remarkable benchmarks in both environmental impact reduction and social connectedness. The second proving "bio-rocket fuel" to the first. Humans are hard-wired to smile, look after each other and the Earth upon which our physical and spiritual health depends. Visit and download form a selection of University Studies, participant stories, local Council reports, etc.

Vox Bandicoot

 … "first in Australia, still unique in the world".  Established in 1988 Vox has an abiding passion for education & community empowerment for change.  Dedicated to ecological sustainability, through a judicious mix of learning, arts, aesthetics, science, humour, and common sense, in a magical mix designed to foster the maturation of culture.  Seriously, what is it with a of culture which presides over the loss of extinction of entire species of life at the rate of two or three per hour?  The Vox Bandicoot team created the Sustainability Street Approach as a blueprint for empowerment, a blank canvas for crafting the future.  Visit voxbandicoot.com.au


Watch New Villages Grow

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Shire Of Muswellbrook:  The first LGA in Australia to be based on v 4.1, The Shortcut to Sustainability Street; DIO … not DIY, the O being for Ourselves.  Our group, community, street, family, neighbourhood, club, church ... etc.  Using the basic "pump priming" tools supplied by the Institute, local sustainability officer Kylie, has now presented numerous Info & Invite sessions, complete with SSA engagement tools, localised to perfection.  Muswellbrook's Sustainability Street roadshow has been taken out to the meeting places and human spaces throughout this end of the glorious Hunter Valley ... and the rest, as they say!   So, as molly would say, do your selves a favour … watch this project grow!   SEE MORE ...


The City of Monash, the 43rd Municipal area to join the LGA Sustainability Street movement.   Monash will evolve, completely guided using the new manual v 4.1, The Shortcut to Sustainability Street; DIO … (not DIY, the O being for Ourselves) Call James ... +61 3 9518-3561  See more pictures, detais and local relevant bits..


The Shire of Mornington Peninsula ... great initiativesfrom Rye to Redhill. Call Nicci to get involved ...+61 3 5950-1259


Bendigo Sustainability Group.

Q. What did one Kitchen Table say to the other Kitchen Table.

A. We can change the world ... in fact, it is the only way real change has ever begun.


The City of Whitehorse, a pioneering, model SSA Council, is also home to the first DIY Village in Mitcham, Victoria. This on top of six years of Village building in Vermont South, Box Hill, Larch Ave, Blackburn Lakes and the list goes on.  The Institute is also very Grateful for the advocacy role that this City has played in being always ready and willing to discuss their SSA experience with other municipalities.  Call Miho ...+61 3 9262-6433.  Read More.