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  1. 1. One Planet Living The vision of “One Planet Living” is: (http://www.oneplanetliving.org/about.htm) A world in which people everywhere can lead happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth's resources. Their aims are to: (http://www.oneplanetliving.org/about.htm) • Build a worldwide network of One Planet Living Communities to demonstrate One Planet Living in action • Establish One Planet Living Centers in each One Planet Living community as a focus for education and training • Promote One Planet Living and its guiding principles to bring about change among governments, businesses and individuals What they do (http://www.oneplanetliving.org/about.htm) While every regional initiative is unique, the activities of One Planet Living Communities teams in each region will include: 1. Create Working Partnerships. One Planet Living is a joint BioRegional / WWF initiative, with an emphasis on facilitating advanced sustainability design in a matrix of collaborative partnerships. In the regions it operates in, One Planet Living seeks to expand its working alliance around specific sites to include relevant national, regional or local government, developers, businesses, community groups and non- governmental organizations. The One Planet Living approach weaves together the research, design & delivery expertise of diverse stakeholders within the framework of the One Planet Living Ten Principles for a true quot;best-of-breedsquot; sustainability solution. 2. Sustainability Action Plan Design for Developments. One Planet Living works inclusively with design teams and community stakeholders in the identification and expression of their sustainability aspirations under the broad framework of the One Planet Living Ten Principles. One Planet Living partners with relevant design team members to develop a comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan Module for each of the Ten Principles. Each Implementation Module identifies indicators and targets for success, shaping the Master Plan or Development Plan. 3. One Planet Lifestyles Design for Developments. Ecological footprint research demonstrates that more than 50% of the ecological impact of a neighborhood falls outside the built environment and can be accounted as the net lifestyle impact of its residents - what they eat, how they use transportation, how thoroughly they recycle, etc. One Planet Lifestyles programs help residents shrink their lifestyle impact A) by designing the built environment ergonomically for sustainability (e.g. easy, integrated recycling facilities) B) by setting up post-occupancy opt-in systems such as
  2. 2. car clubs, organic food box deliveries, and Community Shared Agriculture C) by running One Planet Lifestyles Educational Workshops for incoming residents and communicating usability of sustainability features and D) by transferring ownership of these processes to a Resident's association or equivalent community body for long-term viability. 4. Evaluation of Developments. One Planet Living conducts post-occupancy Ecological Footprint Evaluations to determine the success of the built environment and the One Planet Lifestyles program, comparing the net ecological footprints of residents to a baseline sample of the average ecological footprint of residents in nearby, equivalent non-sustainable developments. If the residential development is wired for cumulative data-gathering, the evaluation process can become a feedback system to help residents monitor and improve their progress towards household sustainability targets. 5. Communicate Successes. One Planet Living is committed to promoting One Planet Living principles to catalyse change with governments, businesses and individuals. The OPL Principles are the keystones of a philosophy for sustainable living. As OPL Communities and Centers progress and grow, lessons will be learned about the social, economic and environmental costs and benefits of the OPL approach. OPL will use the WWF media network and the viral messaging potential of the internet to widely disseminate lessons learned to inform the decisions of governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and individuals. 6. Share vital best practices across commercial and technical domains. One Planet Living is building a networked knowledge-sharing program for sharing lessons learned and best practices across participating residential development projects under way in the UK, Portugal, China, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Internet-based Communities of Practice (CoPs) are being established quot;verticallyquot; to improve sustainability- oriented job performance of specialists by connecting them in a learning conversation (face-to-face, teleconference, online discussion forums) and an online knowledge-sharing environment (document store, search engine, knowledge taxonomy) with peers working on similar problems. These vertical CoPs will connect Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, Project Managers, Sustainability Coordinators, Community Engagement Specialists and other professionals within their disciplines. CoPs are also being established quot;horizontallyquot; to cut across job specializations and problem-solve around each of the Ten Principles of One Planet Living, with specialists from different disciplines discussing Lessons Learned, Best & Worst Practices, etc. around each principle, with the learning conversation ranging from the theoretical to the nuts and bolts of implementation. Guiding principles One Planet Living Communities will adopt the following guiding principles: (http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/communitiessummit/show_case_study.php/00036.html#reviewme) 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport
  3. 3. 4. Sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Natural habitats and wildlife 8. Culture and heritage 9. Equity and fair trade 10. Health and happiness Locations Another one of One Planet Living is to establish One Planet Living communities in at least five countries around the world by 2009. The following is a list of the focal countries including One Planet Living communities in those countries: • United Kingdom Z-squared See below for information Olympics 2012 See the Olympic 2012 website for further information (http://www.london2012.org/en/ourvision/greengames/) A One Planet Olympics London 2012 will be a 'One Planet Olympics'- one that will leave a lasting positive impact on the environment and communities of the capital. An unprecedented agreement between London 2012, conservation group WWF and sustainable development experts BioRegional publicly states that London will host a zero-waste, low carbon Games which deliver long- term social and environmental benefits to the city. One Planet Living is a concept developed by WWF in association with the BioRegional Development Group to encourage projects which improve quality of life without consuming excessive natural resources. London 2012 has already started to develop partnerships to implement these principles, utilizing the strong tradition of volunteering in the UK. A Sustainable Sport program and annual clean-up events will engage local volunteers, community groups, sports clubs and corporate partners before, during and after the Games. And a series of international exchange programs and scholarships will help to spread the principles of One Planet Living through sport. Robert Napier, Chief Executive of WWF-UK, explains more about London's plans for a One Planet Olympics. quot;Hosting the Games is not just about avoiding harm to the environment and local communitiesquot;, he said. quot;It is also a real opportunity to bring about lasting environmental and social improvement. quot;London's bid has recognized this from the start. That is why we are keen to work together with London 2012 and partners to ensure a London Games produces a sustainable legacy which we can be proud of.quot; (http://www.london2012.org/en/ourvision/greengames/a+one+planet+olympics.htm)
  4. 4. • Portugal Mata de Sesimbra One Planet Living Portugal: Mata de Sesimbra In partnership with developer Pelicano, One Planet Living has launched its Pioneer Project at Mata de Sesimbra in Portugal, a €1.1 billion investment to: build 8,000 zero-carbon, zero-waste eco-homes, hotels, shops and community facilities for up to 30,000 people; return to native woodland 4,800 hectares of degraded logging plantations and quarries in a €120 million replanting and conservation scheme; create a €90 million sustainable public transport network for the region, and provide hybrid eco-shuttles, free bicycles and car clubs on-site; support the local economy by training and accrediting local farmers under a quot;OPL Producersquot; labeling scheme; promote the growth of new high-tech eco-businesses, including Europe's first factory for sustainable construction materials; support urban regeneration in neighboring low-income areas; and generate funds to help recover the country's most endangered species through a 'green levy' on house sales and hotel stays. The partnership with local developers, local and national authorities and environmental groups will create the world's first independently audited sustainable community. The project is expected to create 11,000 jobs. (http://www.oneplanetliving.org/portugal/) • China Site selection progress is underway in Shanghai • South Africa Potential sites for future One Planet Living Communities are being explored north-west of Johannesburg and in the Cape Provinces. • Canada/US Emerald Hills Urban Village FACTS: One Planet Living's first North American project Homes and apartments: 1,000 Location: Sherwood Park, Municipality of Strathcona County (immediately east of Edmonton), Alberta, Canada Construction Commencing: 2007 Size: 20 hectares (50 acres) Developer: Christenson Developments
  5. 5. Partners: Sustainable Buildings and Communities (SBC) group at Natural Resources Canada Strathcona County UBC Design Center for Sustainability CANADA: Emerald Village to be a One Planet Living Community February 1, 2005: We are delighted to announce the first One Planet Living Community in North America. The Emerald Hills Urban Village, located on 120 hectares in Strathcona County just east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is entering an intensive phase of integrated design. Construction of the first of 1,000 housing units will begin next year, with first residents taking occupancy in the summer of 2008. A mix of townhomes, semi-detached bungalows, condominium apartments, and seniors housing will cluster around a walkable urban village core with a strong commercial and retail presence. (http://www.oneplanetliving.org/northamerica/) • Australia Discussions with local developers are ongoing and four sites have been highlighted as most likely to bear fruit. for more on projects around the world see One Planet Living Website at: http://www.oneplanetliving.org/index.html Z-squared (Zero Waste, Zero Carbon) Z squared is a One Planet Living Community located in Thames Gateway (http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/communitiessummit/show_case_study.php/00036.html#reviewme) They are working to identify a site for Z-squared in the Thames Gateway regeneration area east of central London that can accommodate up to 5,000 people. The community would provide homes and employment, with social, health and education facilities nearby. Thames Gateway London is the largest and most ambitious regeneration initiative in Europe. The area covers over 700km2 including more than 1,000 hectares of previously-used developable land, making it the UK’s largest Brownfield site. The Thames Gateway extends from Tower Bridge eastwards to Thurrock and Dartford. It has a powerful strategic location offering outstanding development opportunities for new jobs and homes, in addition to environmental improvements.
  6. 6. Map of Thames Gateway (http://www.thames-gateway.org.uk/uploadedFiles/tgrx-linking-to-opportunities-04-2003.pdf) What is It (http://www.wwf.org.uk/filelibrary/pdf/z-squared2004.pdf) Z-squared, a mixed use, mixed tenure development is intended as a model One Planet Living Community that provides homes, office and light industry workspaces, shops, education, leisure, health and community facilities together with green open space. Z-squared will integrate a variety of residential, commercial and leisure uses, with most facilities within walking distance and efficient public transport and a car club, making it easier to live without owning a car, following the quot;Compact Cityquot; form advocated in Cities for a Small Planet12. Many young people and key workers are currently struggling to afford housing, car ownership and feed their families. Z-squared aims to ensure that the local infrastructure is in place to enable these people to enjoy a better quality of life, thereby strengthening the fabric of our society. Key features (http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/communitiessummit/show_case_study.php/00036.html#reviewme) Biodiversity Initiatives Brownfield Land CHP/District Heating Energy Efficiency Environmental Assessment Managed Public Space Mixed Use Development Modern method of construction Policy/Framework initiative Renewable Energy
  7. 7. Sustainable Food Sustainable Materials Sustainable Transport Waste Initiatives Water Efficiency Water Recycling The Environment (http://www.wwf.org.uk/filelibrary/pdf/z-squared2004.pdf) The delivery of zero carbon and zero waste objectives will work with this vision to produce an outstanding environment that: • Supports a successful, vibrant and integrated mix of homes, shops, businesses, leisure facilities and other uses and activities; • Has its own clear and positive identity, that builds on the strengths of its surrounding context; • Has suitable size, scale, density and layout to support other amenities in the neighborhood, whilst minimizing resource – including land; • Will contain high quality recreation facilities; • Is safe, secure and free of the fear of crime; • Has design features to promote a healthy indoor environment in an urban setting; • Supports centre’s of learning and training at all levels; • Gives priority to pedestrians, public transport and cycling, rather than cars; • Has direct or close proximity to public transport, linking it to urban, regional and rural centers; • Has a high quality, attractive and successful public realm of streets and spaces that are well-designed, safe to use and easy to understand; • Is clean and well-maintained; • Has an integrated network of high quality green spaces and green lanes that draws people into and through the area, encourages activity and improves the appearance of the area and the quality of life of the people in it; • Provides for the economical, educational, cultural, social and other needs of a diverse mix of residents; • Provides a balanced and integrated mix of residential accommodation of different types and tenures to support a range of household sizes, ages and incomes; • Has easy access to a diverse range of high quality local public facilities and services, including education and training opportunities, health care and community and leisure; • Has buildings that can accommodate changes in use over time and that minimize resource use in construction and occupation. Websites used: http://www.oneplanetliving.org/ http://www.bioregional.com/programme_projects/opl_prog/zsquared/bz_zsquared.h tm http://www.sd- commission.org.uk/communitiessummit/show_case_study.php/00036.html http://www.wwf.org.uk/filelibrary/pdf/z-squared2004.pdf