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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.

Local Government Climate Action: Declaring a Climate Emergency and Practical Next Steps for Local Authorities

300 councils in the UK have now declared a climate emergency, but only 100 have climate action plans. We heard from Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence, about the value in climate action plans and the priorities that should be set in them.

Local Government Climate Action: Creating Clean Air Villages: Engaging with Business, Communities and Hospitals

London’s air is renowned for being highly polluted. The Cross River Partnership’s (CRP) Clean Air Villages Programme is striving to clean up London’s Air. We heard from Fiona Coull from the CRP about how the project is being rolled out across several boroughs in London and the benefits it is having to local communities.

Local Government Climate Action: Improving the Delivery of Decarbonised Transport and Infrastructure

With a national move toward electric vehicles inevitable, local authorities are beginning to prepare. We heard from Joe Baker, Head of Service at Haringey Council about their strategy to implement charging infrastructure and public electric fleets.

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.

Reviving the Lincolnshire Seaside: Coast Collaboration for a Connected Coast

In 2020 Mablethorpe and Skegness, both towns on the Lincolnshire coast, joined forces to bid for £50 million of The Towns Fund. This case study outlines the proposed projects of the Lincolnshire Connected Coast Board to regenerate its coastal towns.

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: 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.

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.

Flooding Resilience, Management & Response: Current Flood Risk Management Approaches in York

Steve Wragg, Flood Risk Manager City of York Council, spoke at The Flooding Conference: Resilience, Management, and Response.