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Using Innovative Methods to Raise Local Government Funds

In recent years, Local Government budgets are increasingly stretched with the costs and demand for services continually rising. We heard from Joseph Holmes, Executive Director of Resources at West Berkshire Council about how the council has developed the UK’s first Community Municipal Investment to generate funding.

The Environmental Benefits of Hybrid Working

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. We heard from Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability at the University of Nottingham, shared with us some recent research into the environmental benefits of hybrid working.

Waste Management: Revising Waste Minimisation Strategies to Promote Resource Efficiency

Green Alliance focus on providing ambitious leadership for the environment. Libby Peake from Green Alliance shared their recent work on waste minimisation strategies and promoting better resource efficiency.

Waste Management: Reducing Food Waste through Surplus Food Redistribution Networks

City Harvest aim to reduce food insecurity across London by diverting nutritious edible surplus food from waste and redistributing it to the hungry. Laura Winningham spoke about the latest work of City Harvest.

How Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations are Impacting Social Housing Providers

Companies are judged on how well they mitigate risks to people and the planet, with their business areas scrutinised in the three areas of environmental impact, social impact, and governance risks. In this case study we’ll be looking at how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns affect social housing decisions.

Managing the Public Sector Estate: Adapting Estates to Meet Net Zero

Tackling zero carbon and the maintenance issues together will yield financial benefits as well as helping achieve net-zero by 2050. In this article we’ll be looking at how the Government Property Function (GPF) and Modern Energy Partners (MEP) have been working together to achieve net zero.

Ensuring Access to Green Space, Making Space for Nature in Thamesmead

Peabody is one of the oldest housing associations in London and is responsible for just under 72,000 homes around the City and the South East. This case study will look at Peabody’s green infrastructure project in Thamesmead.

Will There be a Green Recovery? A Q&A with Trevor Gibson from Opportunity Peterborough

The impact of Covid-19 on green initiatives and the possibility of a ‘green recovery’ from Covid-19.

Why Birmingham Chose a Comprehensive Clean Air Zone

How Birmingham implemented a Clean Air Zone

Why ‘Building with Nature’ is more important than ever

Dr Phoebe Carter discusses the importance of nature and biodiversity in future building and development projects.

What is ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’?

This briefing from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) outlines what biodiversity net gain is, how it works, how it can be applied

The Role of Local Authorities in Achieving Net Zero

300 out of 404 District, County, Unitary & Metropolitan Councils have declared a Climate Emergency [4]. In doing so, a local authority is acknowledging it ‘needs to act on the causes and impacts of climate change’. There are many changes local authorities can take to begin steps towards net zero,

Planning the World we Need: Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System

This case study explores the ways that local authorities can enable biodiversity net gain in the planning system, and ways that central government can support them.
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