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Bioregional is an entrepreneurial charity that works with partners around the world to demonstrate that a sustainable future can be easy, attractive, and affordable. Using its One Planet Living framework, Bioregional help communities, companies, developers, and local authorities develop practical and appropriate solutions to some of the world’s greatest sustainability challenges.
How can you design your development to reduce its ecological footprint, ensure social responsibility, and foster a relationship with the local community? Where do the carbon impacts arise in your construction project and how can you minimize them? How do you create a credible, successful eco product range? Bioregional help with these questions and much more.
Bioregional wants to see thriving regional economies where we meet more of our needs from local, renewable, and waste resources, enabling people to live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. They call this One Planet Living.
Human habitats are unsustainable because we do not appreciate what would be possible by making consumption more efficient.
Efficient use of renewable resources makes it possible to live a good life while consuming less.
BioRegional has pioneered One Planet Living in housing developments and provided tools to individual homeowners.
Tens of thousands of people are living more efficiently as a result.
Demonstration, Policy Advocacy, and Replication
BioRegional makes it planning tools available openly on the Web, advocates for policies that mandate or give advantage to sustainable development, and works as consultants to influential demonstration projects
Consulting income and philanthropic support.
Pooran Desai and Sue Riddlestone, a husband and wife team, founded BioRegional in 1994. Pooran studied neuroscience at Oxford University, and Sue trained as a nurse, but both discovered a passion for applying the lessons of natural systems and complexity theory to solving environmental problems. They shared a vision of making more efficient use of local renewable and waste resources ? supporting local economies with a circular flow of resources and a “metabolism” similar to that of an ecosystem. BioRegional acts as an incubator for these kinds of development, demonstrating them in the real world and replicating them through partnerships, consultancy, training, and education. BioRegional uses its innovations to influence policy, influence industry best practice and raise consumer awareness of what it calls One Planet Living. At the time of the Award, BioRegional’s best known innovation was the Beddington Zero Energy Development, BedZED, a 100-home development in south London that influenced the U.K. government’s adoption of a zero-carbon target for new homes by 2016. It was poised to expand internationally and make Web-based tools for planning One Planet Living available globally.