Green infrastructure, plastic bag charge, sustainable diets, SDRN conference, news round-up

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Issue 12, 2013: 13th December

News & comment on sustainable development

The value of green infrastructure

Two reports examine the value of green infrastructure, examining whether it acts as a catalyst for economic growth and assessing the tools available to value it.

Toby Pickard of the IGD discusses growing demand from shoppers for food for a sustainable diet, and how grocery businesses should be responding.

Defra is calling for evidence on the forthcoming plastic bag charge. We round up other government news on sustainable development.

Finally, an essential diary date for early 2014 - the SDRN annual conference will take place on 28 January.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor -

Green infrastructure »

Green infrastructure as a catalyst for economic growth »

Assessing the extent to which green infrastructure acts as a catalyst for economic growth through consideration of logic chains and case studies.

» From the archive: Trees save money: the economic benefits of green infrastructure

Assessing green infrastructure valuation tools »

Examining the tools available to value green infrastructure and assesses them against research standards for natural science and economics.

UK Government »

Call for evidence on the plastic bag charge for England »

Defra has opened a call for evidence, open to 20 December, on key aspects of how the plastic bag charge for England, coming into force in 2015, will work.

Government news round-up »

Progress on NEWP; health and social care sustainable development strategy consultation responses; ultra low emission vehicles; new Marine Conservation Zones.

Business news »

Carrot or stick? How to achieve a sustainable diet »

Toby Pickard looks at shopper attitudes to achieving a sustainable diet, the challenges surrounding this and the implications for the food and consumer goods industry.

» Sustainability is changing the grocery business

Events »

SDRN Annual Conference: sustainability commitments for 2020 »

28 January 2014, BIS Conference Centre, London. This year’s SDRN Annual Conference will consider the UK’s sustainability commitments for 2020.

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