One Planet Living
The vision of “One Planet Living” is:
A world in which people everywhere can lead happy, healthy lives within their fair
share of the Earth's resources.
Their aims are to:
• 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
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;
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
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
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.
One Planet Living Communities will adopt the following guiding principles:
1. Zero carbon
2. Zero waste
3. Sustainable transport
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
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
See below for information
See the Olympic 2012 website for further information
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;
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.
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.
Emerald Hills Urban Village
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
Sustainable Buildings and Communities (SBC) group at Natural Resources Canada
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
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:
Z-squared (Zero Waste, Zero Carbon)
Z squared is a One Planet Living Community located in Thames Gateway
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.
Map of Thames Gateway
What is It
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.
Managed Public Space
Mixed Use Development
Modern method of construction
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
• 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
• 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.