A holistic approach for true sustainability
The One Planet Communities programme uses 10 guiding principles as a framework to help our partners examine the sustainability challenges they face and develop appropriate solutions.
These principles were developed as a result of lessons learned from BioRegional’s work at the pioneering BedZED eco-village in South London.
By applying the princples at the design, construction and long-term management stages of a development we should be able to create places where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to live within a fair share of our planet’s resources.
The Environmental Challenge
Specifically the principles help our partners to tackle three, related sustainability challenges:
- The need to ensure a sustainable ecological footprint i.e. a one planet footprint;
- The need to ensure a sustainable carbon footprint; and
- The need for activities to be clean or non-polluting.
The causes of these challenges are numerous and complex. The key strength of the One Planet principles is that they guide our partners in finding context-specific appropriate solutions.