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One Planet Communities in North America

The Common International Targets for One Planet Communities – guiding framework




Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

As part of the broader One Planet Living initiative, BioRegional North America works in partnership with American and Canadian developers to design, build and manage residential, mixed-use communities where it is convenient for people to choose to live a healthier, high-quality lifestyle within a fair share of our planet’s resources. Participating projects develop and then execute One Planet Action Plans, guided by the The Common International Targets for One Planet Communities.

For more information about the process of becoming a One Planet Community please click here.

Top Endorsed One Planet Communities in the USA & Canada

These exemplary, endorsed projects represent the highest achievement in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable neighborhoods. These exemplary projects must develop rigorous One Planet Action Plans and submit to annual verification.  BioRegional works in partnership with developers to help them fulfil these requirements and reviews performance against targets.

An existing light industrial "big box" building at SOMO, with a facade newly retrofitted with Genesis SFS steel framing..
Sonoma Mountain Village, North America’s first endorsed One Planet Community, combines new urbanism with deep sustainability in this $1billion redevelopment of a  200 acre industrial site, 40 miles north of San Francisco.

Grow Community, Bainbridge Island, Washington State
The Grow Community, located on 8 acres in the urban core of Winslow, Bainbridge Island, includes 50 single family homes, 87 apartments, an elementary school, a central shared community building and an ambitious urban agriculture program – all just a short walk from the ferry to downtown Seattle.


The One Planet Communities program is informed and inspired by BedZED, an urban eco-village co-created by BioRegional in 2002, that the UK Solar Awards called “Perhaps the most influential of all housing projects this century“.

Other endorsed One Planet Communities around the world:

The 'planet with a heart' logo

One Brighton, Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain, UK

Mata de Sesimbra, Greenwoods Ecoresorts, Portugal

One Gallions, BioRegional Quintain Ltd, UK

These projects been reviewed by BioRegional and are entitled to display the ‘planet with a heart’ logo.

They have a rigorous One Planet Action Plan with targets and strategies for each of the 10 One Planet principles which has been reviewed as part of BioRegional’s endorsement process and have made a commitment to monitor performance until 2020.

Top Engaged Projects

These projects are using the 10 One Planet principles to guide their approach to sustainability but they have not been granted endorsed status by BioRegional. Many at an early stage of development. They have outline Action Plans using the 10 One Planet principles. They may also benefit from BioRegional’s coaching services through design, construction, and operation, and submit to annual verification.

Petite Rivière is a vision for the redevelopment of a 140 acre (57 hectare) in-fill site on the island of Montréal, transforming an urban golf course into a continuous park (54% of the site) and zero carbon neighborhood with commuter rail station.

Other projects around the world:

Sibaya, South Africa Petite Riviere, Canada
Jinshan, China Masdar City, UAE
Barangaroo, Australia Riverside One, UK
Villages Nature, France
Top Open Source Projects

Open-Source projects are applying the 10 One Planet principles to structure their approach to sustainable development, usually without coaching from BioRegional.

Top Funding

BioRegional runs the One Planet Communities programme as a social enterprise.

This means we rely on support from public and private funding bodies for our work in developing areas of the world and ask our more affluent partners to pay for the support they receive.

Click on the logos below to find out more about the generous organizations we receive funding from:

If you or your organization are interested in supporting the One Planet Communities program in North America please contact