One Planet Communities

Bioregional works to create attractive, inspiring places which help people to live better, happier and healthier lives, within a fair share of our one planet’s resources. We draw on the lessons learned in planning, building and operating the pioneering BedZED eco-village in London, which is our international headquarters and where Bioregional North America's president Greg Searle lived.

From these beginnings we have grown a network of One Planet Communities with One Planet Living Action Plans that include stretching but achievable goals. We help prepare these plans, endorse them – thereby conferring One Planet Community status – and then work in partnership with the communities to measure performance against these plans and update them for a changing world. There are now ten One Planet Communities located globally across the UK, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.

We also engage in projects to improve the sustainability of major development projects, and look for opportunities to create new One Planet Communities.

As well as working with developers of new communities, we want to help existing communities and local municipal councils – including in our own Ottawa community – move towards One Planet Living across urban quarters and entire cities. So we work on a wide range of neighbourhood and council-based projects, and we look to enter into strategic partnerships with local authorities based on their commitment to develop and deliver endorsed One Planet Action Plans.

Our place-based work aligns with our strategic priorities to enable One Planet Living in our own locality of Ottawa-Gatineau and demonstrate One Planet Living in practice.

North American One Planet Communities

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 Zibi

Flagship One Planet Community (endorsed by Bioregional in 2015)
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Our latest One Planet Community will be a highly sustainable mixed-use development of some 2,500 homes, shops and office space…

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 Grow Community

One Planet Community endorsed by Bioregional in 2012
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

The first One Planet Community in the USA to have occupied homes, the Grow Community is just a short ferry…

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 Sonoma Mountain Village

One Planet Community endorsed by Bioregional in 2008
Sonoma County, CA, USA

North America’s first One Planet Community is Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO) – a $1billion redevelopment of an 200 acre, ex-industrial site,…

Other One Planet Communities around the world

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 BedZED

Eco Community, Innovative Construction
Hackbridge, Sutton, UK

BedZED is the UK’s first large-scale, mixed use sustainable community with 100 homes, office space, a college and community facilities.…

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 WestWyck EcoVillage

Eco Community
Melbourne, Australia

A redundant Victorian primary school in a hilltop heritage area in Melbourne  is being transformed into Australia’s first One Planet…

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 Villages Nature

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Paris, France

On the doorstep of Paris and next door to Disneyland, an ambitious sustainable tourism project based on the ten One…

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 Singita Serengeti

Eco Community, Tourism, Valuing Nature
Tanzania, Africa

One of the world’s finest safari resorts is a One Planet Living Community, working to improve the lives of local…

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 One Brighton

Eco Community, Innovative Construction
Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, UK

Two cutting edge apartment buildings in the heart of Britain’s premiere seaside resort have brought sustainable living into the mainstream…

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 NW Bicester

Construction, Places, Eco Community, Energy
Bicester, Oxfordshire UK

We’re helping to build the UK’s first Eco Town, setting new standards in sustainability. We’re doing this through a long-term…

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 Hollerich Village

Eco Community
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Hollerich Village is being planned for a 3.6 hectare ex-industrial site in the heart of the Ville de Luxembourg, one…

The 10 Principles

Rooted in the science and metrics of ecological and carbon footprinting, 10 One Planet principles are used to structure thinking and inform holistic action. These principles stemmed from Bioregional’s experience of working on BedZED, a pioneering eco-village in South London, UK. Together, the principles provide a holistic framework to help organisations and project teams examine the sustainability challenges faced, develop appropriate solutions and communicate the actions being taken to key stakeholders such as colleagues, the supply chain, clients, customers and local and national government.

Health and happiness

Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being

Equity and local economy

Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade

Culture and community

Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability

Land use and wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment

Sustainable water

Using water efficiently in buildings, farming and manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding , drought and water course pollution

Local and sustainable food

Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste

Sustainable materials

Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources

Sustainable transport

Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions

Zero waste

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill

Zero carbon

Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies

One Planet Living worldwide

One Planet Living is happening all over the world.


One Planet Living Endorsed Partnership

Action plans

Every partner project or organisation in the One Planet Living initiative develops a ‘One Planet Action Plan’ based on the 10 principles. This Action Plan outlines the strategies, actions and targets to achieve One Planet Living.  It provides a route map which can be monitored and adapted over time.  The Action Plan is made public so everyone can see the commitments being made. As well as an Action Plan, every project or organisation reports annually on progress and publishes their results.

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Singita One Planet Action Plan

One Planet Living network

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