Developing a Green Infrastructure Framework to Improve Resident Access to Nature
In November 2020, the Government published the Charter for Social Housing Residents, establishing new standards for social housing providers to deliver safe homes and improve the quality of existing neighbourhoods. In this video, Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscaping and Placemaking at Peabody, shares how regenerating spaces at Thamesmead through the Living in the Landscape scheme is helping improve resident access to green spaces.
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 Problem of Sustainability for Academy Funding
In line with the UK Government's aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Department for Education published the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy (2022). Phil Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of PLR Advisory shares with us how the sustainability targets outlined in the strategy are difficult to achieve with academy trust finances and outlines changes that need to be made so that academies can become more sustainable.
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.
In Conversation: Becoming a Net-Zero University, Turning Ambitions into Reality
In recent years higher education providers have made efforts to improve sustainability; most UK universities now have sustainability pledges. The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of this movement, with carbon reduction targets in place across all its campuses. We spoke to Andy Nolan, the Director of Sustainability and Development at the University of Nottingham about turning these ambitions into reality.
How Can Local Authorities Work Towards Green Recovery?
Leaders within local authorities must play their part in tackling climate change. This report acts a guide for local authorities, sharing advice on best practice and practical steps to combat climate change. Themes covered include: electric vehicles, town planning, biodiversity and much more.
Developing an Effective Climate Action Plan in Local Government
Local Authorities are responsible for generating climate action plans to promote sustainability and carbon neutrality in their areas. Paul O'Brien Chief Executive at APSE discussed how to declare a climate emergency, and suggested a route for local authorities to follow when planning for green regeneration.
Clean Air Villages: Engaging with Businesses and Communities
The Cross River Partnership (CRP) strive to make London a more sustainable and healthier place to live and work. This case study examines the CRP’s Clean Air Villages Project and the techniques they have used to encourage encouraging businesses and communities to switch to low-emission solutions.
Improving Community Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Ahead of the Governments promise to stop the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030, Haringey Borough Council have began restructuring the borough in preparation for the eventual transition to electric. This case study outlines their strategy.
Rebuilding the Coastal Tourism Sector and Supporting Local Economies
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the Coastal Tourism sector, with 53% of coastal businesses saying it will be more than a year before their business returns to a profit. This article presents suggestions from the National Coastal Tourism Academy on how to rebuild the coastal tourism industry in response to Covid-19.
Public Sector Estates: Meeting Net Zero through Strategic Estate Management
The UK Government has a target to achieve at least 50% reduction in carbon emissions across the public sector estate by 2032. Christine St John Cox and Stuart Burrows offered insights into the decarbonisation of the public sector estate and how this mission aligns with new forms of estate management.
Waste Management: DEFRA’s Resources and Waste Strategy
Discussions around resource and waste policy are more relevant than ever. Dr Tom Murray from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs discussed the latest updates on collection and packaging reforms, biowaste and landfill, and the incineration of plastics.
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.