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Issue 10, 2012: 1st October

News & comment on sustainable development

Local sustainability & adaptation

Taking a local perspective we look this month at guidance on adaption for local authorities, planners, and in health and social care. A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on the social impacts of climate change concludes:

“While climate change adaptation has risen up the national policy agenda, more needs to be done to implement socially just adaptation responses at the local level.”

A new Defra report examines the role of social enterprise in inspiring sustainable living, illustrated by a case study of a community owned shop. We hear about a project to encourage green behaviour through faith groups, the success of the UK's green economy, and changing corporate climate risks.

Don't forget there are now just 2 weeks left to give your views on Defra's proposals for new sustainable development indicators: Consultation document and online survey »

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor - sd.scene@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Sustainable development at a local level »

How local authorities can reduce emissions and manage climate risks »

The Committee on Climate Change highlights the vital role local government must play if the UK is to meet its targets on cutting carbon emissions, and offers guidance.

Exploring the social impacts of climate change »

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores local approaches to climate change to find out how far social justice is being considered, and makes recommendations.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for local and regional policymakers »

A suite of publications from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity study offers advice for local and regional policymakers to enable practical actions.

» From our archive: TEEB: Ecological and Economic Foundations by study leader Pavan Sukhdev

Social enterprises inspiring sustainable living »

Defra report Getting the Message Across examines the role of social enterprises to encourage sustainable living in areas such as local food, recycling and tourism.

» Case study: Sustainable living at the local (community) shop

» From our archive: Community-ownership: the big answer to the Big Society?

Sustainable planning and property »

Planning for climate change »

The Planning and Climate Change Coalition has published a guide for local authorities to help the planning system responds effectively to climate change.

» Good practice in sustainable design and construction

» From our archive: Achieving sustainable development through planning

The real estate green agenda: what banks should know »

A legal perspective on why it is important for lenders to be aware of the initiatives driving the green agenda, with emerging links between property sustainability and value.

UK Government news »

Adapting to tomorrow’s climate in health and social care »

NHS Sustainable Development Unit guidance for health and social care organisations to coordinate action on adaptation in line with national policy and local situations.

» From our archive: Demand for a sustainable health service

Government news round-up »

Economic, social and environmental food statistics; re-imagining urban spaces; health effects of climate change; app to track invasive plants; protection for Dorset coast.

National and local news »

Working with faith networks to encourage green behaviour »

The Faith project in Peterborough has trialled the dissemination of pro-environmental messages within faith networks through interactive hands-on workshops.

Inspire a generation to greater sustainability? »

London 2012 is over but the legacy is only beginning. How sustainable was the “look and feel” and will the messages have a lasting effect in inspiring sustainability?

» From our archive: All our London 2012 stories

Business news »

The green economy: a UK success story »

How the UK's low carbon and environmental sector has shown it’s not just for the good times, but has continued to grow steadily even as broader economic activity slows.

» From our archive: Environmental Audit Committee report on the green economy

The changing profile of corporate climate risk »

Dr Mark Trexler and Laura Kosloff outline the risk to business of unquestioning reliance on policy and regulation to guide responses to climate change.

Business news round-up »

Sustainability for financial success, landlords to take up Green Deal, leveraging investment for climate mitigation, CFOs embrace sustainability, the Crystal.

Events »

Communicate 2012 – Breaking Boundaries: The Next Ten Years for People and Nature »

24/25 October, Bristol: breaking the boundaries of environmental communication – crossing barriers to engagement; bridging awareness and action.

Sustainable Scotland Network Conference: Public Sector Climate Action »

8 November 2012, Edinburgh: how Scotland's public sector can better deliver action on climate change and sustainable development.

Mainstreaming sustainable development, one year on »

30 October 2012, London: Govtoday's Mainstreaming sustainable development, one year on conference will examine progress in achieving sustainable development.

Online events from 2degrees in October »

Green travel, tackling urban waste, efficient refrigeration, sustainable refurbishment, increasing recycling rates, flexible working for lower emissions.

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