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Stay up to date with the latest inspiring projects, speaking engagements, and events from BioRegional North America. With our One Planet Lifestyles newsletter we also curate social news at the intersection of place-making, collaborative consumption, & behavior change – compiling tactics to reduce GHG impacts of transport, food, waste, energy & water at the block/building scale.

 

Dec 12 Comments

Housing minister visits NW Bicester eco-town

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP visited North West Bicester, the UK’s first eco-town and a One Planet Living Community, in December and saw the first timber frame buildings being constructed on site. The visit on December 12 came just after the Government’s announcement  that Bicester would receive a multi-million pound award after meeting the criteria […]

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Dec 12 Comments

French Prime Minister lays foundations of Villages Nature

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has laid the cornerstone of Villages Nature, a One Planet Community and sustainable tourism project now being built just outside the French capital and next to Disneyland Paris. He visited the huge construction site on 11 December, along with leading regional and local government politicians and officials. They were there […]

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Dec 11 Comments

Eco-Bicester – best in Europe

The Eco-Bicester programme run by Cherwell District Council, with Bioregional, has won a prestigious European energy award after being nominated by the National Energy Foundation earlier this year. It scooped the ACE Award Overall Winner in the category Energy Smart Municipalities. The energy-saving Eco-Bicester programme combines a town-wide energy efficiency programme with the building of […]

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Grow Community and team collect various awards in 2014

The prestigious Platinum Award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in its 2014 Best of American Living contest. Read the full news release here.  The NAHB’s prestigious Best In Green Award, honoring the very finest in sustainable design and construction. Read the magazine spread about Grow. Grow Community’s construction partner PHC Construction was honoured […]

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Nov 28 Comments

BedZED stars on BBC 2

BedZED, Bioregional’s home, has had a starring role in BBC 2’s Great Interior Design Challenge this month. Three talented designers unleashed their creativity on major design makeovers for three homes in the eco-village, vying to delight both their residents and the TV series’ two judges, Daniel Hopwood and Sophie Robinson. At the end of Episode […]

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Nov 26 Comments

Biodiversity takes centre stage as construction begins at Villages Nature

Following a decade of using the One Planet Principles through its design and planning stages, construction has started on-site at Villages Nature – an exciting, large scale family tourism project 20 miles east of Paris. In 2013, this Euro Disney and Groupe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs model for sustainable mass tourism became an endorsed […]

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Nov 4 Comments

New Life for Old Woodlands

We are excited to launch our crowdfunding campaign as part of the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge in October 2014. The challenge runs for six weeks and is a great opportunity to raise funds for our work and to receive prizes and match funding from Skoll. The focus of this year’s efforts is our innovative project […]

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Sep 24 Comments

Welcome to One Planet City – a photographic journey around Brighton and Hove

Visitors will be treated to a unique photographic journey around Brighton and Hove from next month, thanks to not-for-profit social enterprise, FotoDocument, and arts education organisation, Photoworks. The One Planet City Exhibition will showcase ten emerging and established photographers who have been commissioned to create a series of ten photo essays based on Bioregional’s ten principles […]

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Sep 20 Comments

A greener vision for Fishermen’s Bend, Australia

Located less than three kilometres from Melbourne’s central business district (CBD), the proposed renewal of the Fishermans Bend precinct has to be one of the most exciting development projects in Australian history.The Victorian Government has outlined a ‘Draft Vision’ for the redevelopment of four key precinct areas – Montague, Sandridge, Lorimer and Wirraway – as […]

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Sep 20 Comments

Things are hotting up in Bicester

A pioneering scheme to heat up to 6,000 homes in the UK’s first eco-town has taken its next leap forward, with the appointment of engineering design and consultancy company Ramboll  to undertake the technical and commercial feasibility study. The scheme will involve the installation of an insulated hot water pipe system to transfer heat generated […]

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