One Planet Communities
Established in 1994, BioRegional Development Group is an entrepreneurial charity which initiates and delivers practical solutions that help people to live within a fair share of the earth’s resources. The One Planet Communities program is creating a network of earth’s greenest neighborhoods, where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to live a healthy, happy lifestyle within a fair share of our planet’s resources.
What is a One Planet Community?
In order to create sustainable communities it is as important to look at the lifestyles of the residents and tenants who work and live there, as it is to look at the buildings themselves.
A One Planet Community is a development where not only are the buildings designed to be as energy efficient as possible, but where there are also the services, infrastructure and design features that make it as easy, attractive and affordable for people to do the environmentally friendly thing.
How does BioRegional work with developers to create these communities?
Throughout the lifetime of a development project – from master planning and design, right through to long term estates management – BioRegional acts as an expert sustainability advisor, or coach, to a developer and their team. Unlike a building ratings or certification scheme, BioRegional’s One Planet Communities program staff are integrated into a project team providing on the ground advice and support.
To help with this BioRegional has devised a set of 10 One Planet principles. These principles are used to structure a holistic response to the unique sustainability challenges of a development project. As an open source framework, the 10 One Planet principles can be used by anyone to structure their approach to sustainable development.
10 Principles for One Planet Living
ZERO CARBON: Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies.
ZERO WASTE: Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill.
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: Encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions, reducing the need to travel.
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS: Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources.
LOCAL & SUSTAINABLE FOOD: Choosing low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.
SUSTAINABLE WATER: Using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local flooding and water course pollution.
LAND USE & WILDLIFE: Protecting and restoring biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment.
CULTURE & WILDLIFE: Reviving local identity and wisdom; supporting and participating in the arts.
EQUITY & LOCAL ECONOMY: Creating bioregional economies that support fair employment, inclusive communities and international fair trade.
HEALTH & HAPPINESS: Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well-being.