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.
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.
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being
Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade
Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming and manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding , drought and water course pollution
Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste
Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies
One Planet Living is happening all over the world.
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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