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BioRegional Blog

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.


Aug 6 Comments

B&Q One Planet Home on track to hit more than 70% of its sustainability targets

B&Q One Planet Home, annual sustainability review, 2013/14 The UKs largest home improvement retailer, B&Q is on track to hit more than 70% of its challenging sustainability targets, according to the 2013/14 review of performance by Bioregional. Since 2007, B&Q’s One Planet Home programme has found ways to reduce the impacts of its own operations as […]


Jul 16 Comments

Oxford Brookes and Bioregional launch Eco-Bicester Living Lab

Oxford Brookes and Bioregional announced the launch of a new research and innovation initiative on Tuesday 1 July with a major launch event organised in the John Paul-II Centre in Bicester. The Eco-Bicester Living Lab (EBLL) which is a joint collaboration between Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University and BioRegional Development Group, has been developed to […]


Jul 15 Comments

Pioneering Brighton project raises the sustainability bar to a new high

A major eco-development in Brighton’s city centre has succeeded in setting high environmental, social and commercial standards, according to an in-depth review. Crest Nicholson and Bioregional Quintain’s One Brighton complex of 172 apartments plus office is saving its residents money, giving them a greener, healthier lifestyle and significantly reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and water […]


Jul 4 Comments

Breathing new life into UK’s woodlands

In 2013, with support from our founding business partner B&Q and forestry charity the Sylva Foundation, Good Woods was piloted as a new approach supporting owners, managers and community groups in improving the condition of their woodlands across the South East and East of England. There is a common misconception that the UK’s woodlands are wild […]


Jul 4 Comments

New Community Energy tool wins £40,000 equity-free seed funding

Today we are pleased to announce that Community Energy Manager has won the Nesta/Open Data Institute’s Energy & Environment Open Data Challenge, developed by our own Matthew Wood and Mark Corbin. This challenge invited teams including businesses, startups, social enterprises, community groups, academics, students and special interest groups to collaborate and compete with each other to use open data to build […]


Jun 25 Comments

Euro Disney with Pierre & Vacances launch new eco-tourism destination

X One Planet CommunityX One Planet LivingX One Planet Living worldwideX Singita Serengetone Villages Nature, a major new holiday destination being built on the doorstep of Paris has become the latest designated One Planet Community, thanks to its pioneering approach to sustainability and environmental protection. This new holiday destination is a 50/50 joint venture of the groups Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre […]


Jun 24 Comments

Urgent call to make UK home’s more energy efficient

Energy efficiency in UK homes must become a “national infrastructure priority” – with Government committing to a target of retrofitting 1 million homes a year by 2020 – a major new coalition of 20 organisations, including Bioregional, from the construction, housing and environment sectors is urging today. In an open letter to Lord Deighton, Commercial […]


Jun 18 Comments

Singita Grumeti gains One Planet Living status

One of the planet’s most inspiring and extraordinary wildlife sites is now a designated a One Planet Community, with a sustainability action plan which puts it on course for ‘One Planet Living’. The plan covers the Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania, part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecoystem at the heart of a spectacular annual migration of two million […]


Jun 13 Comments

National Energy Foundation Award for EcoBicester

We are pleased to announce that on 2 June, Cherwell District Council’s EcoBicester project won a National Energy Foundation regional award in the category “Best Energy Smart Initiative by a Local Authority“. Tthe project now moves forward to the next stage, and international awards will be held in in the Netherlands in November. Under the title Energy Smart […]


Jun 5 Comments

Heart of Hackbridge regeneration

BioRegional has developed and led a partnership bid to the Mayor’s Outer London Fund to prepare the suburban local centre of Hackbridge for the challenges it will face over the coming years. These included major redevelopment of surrounding brownfield sites, and its new role as a district centre in the retail hierarchy of south London. Overseen by a local […]