Views invited on new SD indicators; a sustainable gold medal for London 2012? and more news and comment

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Issue 8, 2012: 4th August

News & comment on sustainable development

Inviting views on new indicators

Announcing proposals for a new set of sustainable development indicators, Caroline Spelman explained their important role in monitoring UK progress:

"We want to help our economy, our communities and the environment to grow and flourish in a sustainable way for the benefit of future generations.

"We have put sustainability at the heart of everything [we do], and these new indicators will help us take stock of our progress and give the public the means to chart our success."

Defra invites views on the proposals by 15 October 2012:

Consultation document and online survey »

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012's Shaun McCarthy asks if the "most sustainable Games ever" deserve gold and we consider their sustainability strategy, construction and more. Among other news we look back at the year since the Natural Environment White Paper.

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

New sustainable development indicators »

Consulting on new sustainable development indicators »

Defra is developing a new set of indicators to meet commitments to transparency and sustainable development, and invites stakeholders to give their views.

» Consultation document and online survey

Measuring national well-being »

The Office for National Statistics reports on progress in its Measuring National Well-being programme and the domains and measures for assessing well-being.

» From the archives: news and comment on indicators

London 2012 »

London 2012 – A sustainable gold medal?

Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, considers whether "the most sustainable Games ever" deserve a gold medal.

Towards a One Planet Olympics revisited »

Examining London 2012's success in meeting the commitments of its sustainability strategy, WWF-UK and BioRegional find it the most sustainable Games yet.

» One Planet Centre for London 2012

The Olympic Park: showcasing sustainable construction »

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman Sir John Armitt's report on the construction of the Olympic Park highlights its successful new approaches to sustainability.

» London 2012 sustainability lessons learned

» London 2012's low-carbon cauldron

London 2012 sustainability round-up »

Spelman: sustainability at heart of Games; UN praise; encouraging walkers & cyclists; on track for 20% carbon reduction; feet light walkway; inspiring community projects.

» Read all our articles on London 2012

UK Government news »

Natural Environment White Paper, one year on »

A year on from the first natural environment white paper in 20 years, progress across its measures to account for the value of nature in decision making.

» From the archives: The Natural Choice - securing the value of nature

Securing the value of nature in national parks »

The English National Park Authorities Association reviews progress on the themes of the Natual Environment White Paper in national parks.

» Last month: Sustainable development in National Parks

Uncovering household energy habits »

A new study has examined the electricity usage of English homes to provide insights into how we use the electrical products that power our lives.

Government news round-up »

HM Treasury defines environmental tax, low carbon heat for communities, inquiry into Rio+20 outcomes, new green wall for London, cutting car emissions.

International news »

The marathon after Rio+20 »

Hannah Ryder, senior economist at DFID, considers the agreement at Rio+20 to develop Sustainable Development Goals and whow to ensure they're effective.

» Read all our articles on Rio+20

National and local news »

Eight new sustainability leaders for London »

Eight new London Leaders for 2012 have been selected for their vision and ability to inspire others to lead greener and more socially responsible lives.

Business news »

New guidance for businesses to report their sustainability credentials »

Defra has published proposals for new guidance on corporate sustainability reporting. Views are invited through a consultation open until 17 October 2012.

Engaging employees for sustainable change »

Sustainability is becoming more mainstream but doubters remain and habits can be hard to change. Rob Fenn explains the benefits of engaging employees.

Research news »

Sustainable cities round-up: economy, carbon, air, climate, future cities »

Sustainable cities leading green economies, carbon emissions from cities, urban air quality, urban adaptation to climate change, future cities.

Events »

Base Leeds City Region conference »

11 September 2012, University of Bradford: exploring the relationship between sustainability and economic success in the Leeds City Region.

2degrees Live: Driving Efficiency Across the Supply Chain »

21 September 2012, London: bringing together stakeholders in the consumer products supply chain to tackle their resource efficiency challenges.

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