Brighton and Hove’s new planning guidance on Food Growing and Development was inspired by One Brighton .
The purpose of the new Planning Advice Note is to provide some basic technical considerations, as well as offer inspiration, on how food growing can be incorporated into proposals for new developments. Brighton & Hove City Council supports the provision of food growing opportunities within the city as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Click here to download the full document.
One Brighton was one of the case studies mentioned in this new planning guidance. Its rooftop allotments were also featured on Meridian TV.
BioRegional is launching an Expert Panel for the One Planet initiative, which will draw on the knowledge and experience of leading names in international sustainability to help keep the One Planet initiative and its endorsed partners and projects at the cutting edge of green thinking and technology.
With an initial focus on the One Planet Communities programme, panel members have been selected for their expertise in areas including urban planning, green building, ecological footprinting, policy, and campaigning.
Its six independent members are: Susan Burns, CEO of ecological footprinting think tank, Global Footprint Network; Jim Heid, President and co-founder of US based sustainable development advisory company, UrbanGreen; Kevin Hydes, CEO of deep green building services engineering company, Integral Group and former Chair of the World Green Building Council; Tony Juniper, UK based author and environmental campaigner; Professor Li Shirong, Professor of construction management at Chongqing University and Deputy Director General of Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, China; and Raf Tuts, Chief of the Urban Environment and Planning Branch, UN-HABITAT.
They are joined by representatives from BioRegional’s endorsed One Planet Communities partner organisations, with their experience of practical delivery of the One Planet Communities programme: Pete Halsall, BioRegional Quintain Ltd; Geof Syphers, Codding Enterprises and Paulo Reis Silva, Pelicano.
The One Planet Communities programme is using the concepts of One Planet Living and sustainable ecological footprint to create a network of the earth’s greenest neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods will be showcased at the Rio+20 World Summit in 2012 to demonstrate to policy makers, business leaders and civil society that it can be easy, attractive and affordable for people to live happy and healthy lives within a fair share of the earth’s resources. BioRegional are excited and pleased to have the support of the Expert Panel in making this happen.
The Panel will be run using a virtual network, with three group sessions each year – the first is scheduled for 17th March.
Hello, I’m Amy Anslow and I live in Brighton Belle at One Brighton.
I had been living in Brighton for a few months when my sister Ruth decided to relocate here. We wanted to continue working up an idea for a joint business venture – a social enterprise dedicated to healthy, sustainable and affordable food.
We both love Brighton, and knew it was the perfect place for us to live, and to launch a new ethical business driven by social objectives.
In August we committed to living together for a year to work full time on getting our business on its feet, and so set about looking for somewhere to live that would satisfy our many requirements!
We were immediately drawn to One Brighton – as well as great looking, smartly finished homes, every aspect of the design had been carefully considered with sustainability and energy saving in mind, resulting in some uniquely clever features.
Living here has not disappointed, it’s just over four months later and we still marvel at stuff, like the amazing air system (we don’t really understand how it magically creates a consistently comfortable climate regardless of the weather outside, we’re just glad it does!).
We are trying to live in a way that’s consistent with our values and the ethics of the social enterprise we’re building. Living at One Brighton helps us do that. Not just because living in a home that behaves in an eco-friendly way all by itself makes us greener, but also because the 10 One Planet Principles remind and prompt us to consider our choices.
Our hope is that residents in both buildings will get together and share ideas to create a real community at One Brighton, which could further enhance the experience of living here for all of us.
We are very proud of our partnership with Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain and the lead they are taking in the UK as developers of cutting edge sustainable communities. Construction is now completed and all of the flats have been sold; no mean feat in the current financial climate.
Some of the key achievements include good progress against the pathway to zero carbon, with a biomass fuelled boiler and PV panels having generated 7MWh of electricity in the first 12 months. An innovative Energy Services Company has been set up and is supplying the rest of the electricity from certified renewable sources.
Some construction phase activities included use of locally sourced waste cooking oil to power over 60% of the generator’s requirements, successful waste segregation, healthy canteen food and One Planet inductions for all construction workers.
Lots has been done to engage with residents on sustainable lifestyles, including the setting up of a community centre and community interest company, the employment of a Green Caretaker and setting up of communal areas with mini allotments and gardens.
Consequently, One Brighton, is now the first fully-completed and endorsed One Planet Community in the world. Congratulations BioRegional Quintain and Crest Nicholson!
You can read the full Annual Review report by clicking on the link below:
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has featured One Planet Communities in their new 30WAYSin30DAYS climate change campaign. The campaign states: “UNEP’s 30 case studies prove that solutions to combat Climate Change are available, accessible and replicable”
Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain’s OneBrighton, UK and Codding Enterprises’ Sonoma Mountain Village, USA, two of our fully endorsed One Planet Communities, were featured in last week’s CNBC Responsible Business Television series.
Pooran Desai OBE, the International Director for the OPC programme and Co-founder of BioRegional gave his views in the film on how to make sustainable living easy, attractive and affordable.
Here is another chance to see what they said about these ground breaking sustainable projects around the world.
More Videos about One Planet Communities can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/1planetcommunities.
Tune into your region’s CNBC channel at the following times to see several of the ground-breaking projects showcased and an interview with International Director, Pooran Desai OBE:
1st Broadcast: 30 October 17:30 SIN/HK Time
2nd Broadcast: 31 October 09:30 SIN/HK Time
1st Broadcast: 30 October 08:30 CET
2nd Broadcast: 30 October 13:30 CET
Single Broadcast: 30 October 16:00 EST
If you miss the broadcast the film will go up on www.oneplanetcommunities.org early next week.
A new United Nations report, TRENDS IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION, identifies 8 case studies of sustainable communities around the world – and 6 of the 8 are One Planet Communities! Sonoma Mountain Village, Mata de Sesimbra, Masdar City, Barangaroo, Panyu Jinshan, and BedZED all earn mention.The report was produced by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.
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BedZED ranked at #4 in Architect Magazine’s poll of “the five most-important green buildings” by (mostly) US voters.
Oxford. Labelled “the Davos of social entrepreneurship” by the Observer, the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the gathering of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. At this year’s Forum, One Planet Communities co-founders Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai were presented with the Skoll Award by Ebay founderJeff Skoll and Dr R K Pachauri, Nobel prize-winning chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). BioRegional was selected as one of seven organizations leading in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, and economic and social equity.