Wadebridge, a small town in Cornwall, is going ‘back to the future’, localising its energy supply and, in doing so, re-building its local economy
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Rising fuel prices and climate change are pushing energy to the top of the agenda, and local government is taking steps towards self-sufficiency. Which councils are leading the way towards localised energy production?
Broad community ownership of renewable energy in particular could go some way to transforming the distribution of wealth in the UK, since some of the poorest areas have some of the best renewable energy resources.
This month Nesta, the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund launched Rethinking Parks, a programme to identify and support the best new business models for public parks. We’re offering a total of £1m, and up to £100,000 per project, for the best new ideas that will sustain our public parks in to the next decade.
The term ‘sustainability’ has become a tag added often unthinkingly to guarantee the validity of policies, products and values. If we are serious about it we need to ensure we agree on what it means and how to attain it, says Silvio Benuto.
In a world where turbulent economies, environmental and social change will increasingly be the norm, this practical resilience guide – with a focus on the built and natural form of cities – is of value
Economic crisis seems to be never-ending and, in the meantime, things are changing. Sometimes silently, other times violently. We are still in the beginning and, after decades of too much rhetoric on sustainability, local and decentralised solutions will be part of the answer.
In part two of our review of 2011 Julian Dobson reflects on a year when aspirations to become ‘the greenest government ever’ were unceremoniously dumped
It’ll be up to us to get it sorted, home by home, business by business. It’ll be up to those in rented accommodation to bring their landlords to account in order to ensure their properties are improved. It’ll be up to homeowners to take the initiative. But if this is to be market-led then everyone should have equal access to that market. So who’s going to do the persuading?
While critics will say that this investment pales in comparison with what was already underway from the last government, it may at least start to provide the climate for some kernels of growth.