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Issue 8, 2013: 5th August

News & comment on sustainable development

London 2012's sustainability legacy

One year on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the sustainability legacy includes learning for sustainable infrastructure projects, projects to inspire sustainable living, and a standard for sustainable events.

A report by wildlife organisations highlights threats to UK species, while the Government has announced a strategy to tackle the decline of bees and other pollinators.

We also look at the findings of the first assessment of new sustainable development indicators, the rise of social impact investing, and payment for ecosystem services.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor -

London 2012 legacy »

Inspired by 2012: the sustainability legacy »

A joint report from the UK Government and Mayor of London, describes London 2012's legacy activities, including achievements related to the sustainability ambitions.

» >From the archive: London 2012: the most sustainable Games to date

Sustainable Procurement for Construction Projects: London 2012 learning legacy »

Public sector guide draws on learning from procurement of London 2012 construction projects to assist projects of every scale to achieve savings and other benefits.

» From the archive: The Olympic Park: showcasing sustainable construction

We Made 2012 »

Exhibition running until 15 August at The Building Centre in London, celebrates London 2012 and looks to its economic, sporting and learning legacy.

Natural environment »

Payments for Ecosystem Services: best practice guide »

Guidance on design and implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes, drawing on case studies to demonstrate the challenges and solutions.

» From the archive: Can payment for ecosystem services help safeguard the environment?

Protecting bees and other pollinators »

Environment minister Lord de Mauley has announced plans for a National Pollinator Strategy to tackle the rapid decline of Britain's bees and other pollinating insects.

The state of nature »

Stock-take of native wildlife by wildlife and research organisations identifies threats to the UK's habitats and species, as well as conservation successes.

Would you be happier living in a greener urban area? »

Research on the relationship between living in greener urban areas and personal wellbeing, and connections between urban planning and psychological health.

» From the archive: An index for a better life

UK Government »

New sustainable development indicators published »

First assessments of a new set of sustainable development indicators reveal levels of improvement and deterioration over short-term and long-term periods.

News round-up: inspiring sustainable living, Green Deal communities, farming resilience, green growth, clean energy »

London 2012 inspires sustainable living; encouraging community Green Deal proposals; building farming resilience; Green Investment Bank funding; clean energy funding.

Publications round-up: delivering biodiversity, agricultural statistics, environmental impacts, hot cities, behaviour change »

Delivering biodiversity; agricultural statistics and climate change; reporting environmental impacts; designing for heatwaves; behaviour change case study.

Business news »

The social impact investing market »

The market for social impact investing, in which private capital is invested for positive environmental and social outcomes as well as financial returns.

Research news »

Energy round-up: system change; efficient transport; market reform; North Sea »

Popular support for system change; transforming cities through efficient urban transport; electricity market reform; an energy efficient North Sea region.

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