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Sustainable community (subsidiary diploma) pdf


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(My ex-tutor wants to buy my research material to use as class resources to teach Environmental Sustainability.)

As it went, the Government's restriction on Level 3 recruitment prevented this invaluable course from running!

If decision makers had qualifications in Environmental Sustainability, maybe we'd end up with a world which could sustain life tomorrow...

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Sustainable community (subsidiary diploma) pdf

  1. 1.                Showing  &  Telling                               SustainablE-Community Running on “Green” Energy(?)Graphics for Class Resources, as Prepared by Linda Beamish Eco-Designs’ Consultant
  2. 2. Key Words Explained:-Sustainability - according to Wikipedia - = :Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain di-verse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainablebiological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being,which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions.Sustainable Development - according to Wikipedia development (SD) is a pattern of resource use, that aims to meet human needs while pre-serving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations tocome (sometimes taught as ELF-Environment, Local people, Future). The term was used by the BrundtlandCommission which coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable developmentas development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generationsto meet their own needs."[1][2]Sustainable Communities - according to Wikipedia communities are communities planned, built, or modified to promote sustainable living. Thismay include sustainability aspects relating to development, water, transportation, energy, and waste andmaterials.[1] They tend to focus on environmental sustainability (including development and agriculture) andeconomic sustainability. Sustainable communities can focus on sustainable urban infrastructure and/or sus-tainable municipal infrastructure.Communities - according to Wikipedia biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing a populated environment. Inhuman communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditionsmay be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reachagreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by themid-1950s.[1] Traditionally a "community" has been defined as a group of interacting people living in acommon location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organized around common values andis attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger thana household. The word can also refer to the national community or international community. Graphics for Class Resources, as Prepared by Linda Beamish Eco-Designs’ Consultant
  3. 3. nity mmu uild Co Right to B An OpportunityThe Government is planning to give citizensmore rights to decide what is built in their in the Makingcommunities, including housing, local shopsand community facilities. To find out more about the Community RightProposals for the Community Right to Build to Build visit:are currently before Parliament as part of neighbourhood planning framework for further the Localism Bill. If the Bill becomes law If your community group is interested in usingany successful proposal will need to be: the Community Right to Build and wants to be from a community group such as a kept in touch, tell us about your plans at: community interest company or a community land trust, etc For information on community led independently assessed to see whether the developments, visit: proposals meet specific key criteria; and Community Land Trust Network – • supported by more than half of the community that vote in a referendum. Locality – If you’re interested in a community-led development you should talk to your neighbours to get an idea about what sort of development UK Cohousing Network – the whole community would want to see. You may also want to talk to your local council, Action with Communities in Rural England – housing association or other community groups. You may also find it useful to get advice from people who already have experience of taking Confederation of Co-operative Housing – forward community-led schemes. Crown design and typographic arrangement rests with the © Crown Copyright 2011. Copyright in the content, Sustainable Communities
  4. 4. Te m so po lve ra th ry E e h co ou -H sin om g cr es ( isi i s i n flo n Ea od r st is An k z gli one a- s ov ), co er nig uld ht . E.G. Temporary & Permanent Accommodation for homeless people in Shipping Containers via the Housing Justice Organisation Across the UK (& beyond), ‘Agents’ have worked in partnering with Local Authorities (LA) to provide a range of affordable, sustainable & low impact housing, (perma- nent & temporary). Sustainable & Resilient Communities have been allowed thefreedom to develop & grow, to allow their members to live with- out any utility bills, in true sustainability. (Saving LA’s £millions of top-ups.) Caring, supportive & inclusive ‘exemplars’ are hailed as “Beacons” by their LA’s.E.G. The Lammas Project (Eco-Village community) - whoare currently building their own homes from just £3k each - using natural, Ecological & Sustainable materials.
  5. 5. Low Impact Sustainable Communities - PDF’s to be listed online & via College/s. (Showcase) Exemplars Showing ZERO cement/CO2 constructions & Sustainable Community Exemplars hailed as “Beacons’ to follow: EarthShip Biotechture by Architect Michael Reynolds Fife & Brighton New Forest Study Findhorn Eco- (Brighton & Hove Centre (see Village LA = zero carbon) C.A.T. (Centre for Al- Eco-Villages The Lammas Pro- ternative Tech- ject Eco-Village nology), Wales Origins of permaculture Edible cities, Leeds, West Yorkshire In the mid 1970’s two Australians - Bill Mollison & David Holmgren - started to develop ideas that they hoped could be used to create stable agricultural systems. This was in response to the energy crisis and the rapidly growing use of destructive industrial agricultural methods that were poisoning the land and water, reducing biodiversity and removing billions of tones of soil from previously fertile landscapes.
  6. 6. A design approach called ‘permaculture’ was the result. In 1978 the concept was launched with the publication of Permaculture One. By the mid 1980’s many of the early students had become successful practitioners and began teaching. In a short period of time, permaculture groups, projects, associations and institutes were established in over 100 countries. Since then many thousands of people have been trained in cities and the countryside, on small Scottish islands, and remote villages in Nepal, ! as part of national programmes and by small groups setting up their own courses. Permaculture is a successful approach to designing sustainable systems. It can be used in every climatic and cultural zone on planet earth. The LAND project is funded by:
  7. 7. change your world CoHousing The Eden Project Permaculture CommunitiesBuilding with Earth, Lime other natural materials, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere allows affordability.
  8. 8. Sustainable Community Living ProjectsLow-Zero Impact Eco-Homes(Based on Previously Approved Beacons - Exemplars of sustainable design, organic without bills) Cob, Reed Stone Earth Building Traditional Turfed Roofs Turfed Walls Low Impact Tree Houses Holiday Chalets Log Cabins Based on Previously Approved Exemplars of Sustainable Designs for the Provision of Affordable Housing
  9. 9. Aim: Zero Carbon/Zero GreenHouse Gas Emissions + Regeneration Employment Alternative Travel-Plans Linking Sustainable Communities Eco-Resorts Across Each Region - as shown by Partnering Programs - E.G. East Anglia) Rowing Boats Canoes Kayaks “The Albatros” Pony Trekking Bicycles Horse Carriage Oxen Driven Multi-Terrain ‘Green’ Electric (Running on Chip fat or Methane) Across the UK, Grants have been awarded to communities offering support for alternative travel schemes
  10. 10. Aim: Zero Carbon/Zero GreenHouse Gas Emissions + Regeneration Employment Eco-Tourism Employment EarthShip ( - Biotechture) Invariably “Holiday Resorts” areCommunity Centers (E.G. Fife near lakes, rivers or ‘the sea’ - ergo,Brighton), are hailed as ‘beacons’ the bulk are located in Flood Zones.local authorities see as exemplary Effectively, the network of em-designs of sustainability - which they ployment which is provided throughpromote for rebuilding elsewhere, tourism, means that employees needbased on their findings in terms of to reside in Flood Zones too, and inlow-to-zero impact, ( the re-use of these sites people could quite simplywaste materials). live in zero-impact ‘movable’ struc- The New Forest Study Centre is tures themselves.similarly acclaimed ( - Architects) (Plus, where these are organic, Eco-Tourism supports alternative offer ‘raw’ food, they can harvesttravel plans responsible tourists. Yurts Tipi’s provide communi- free energy through all their organic ties with temporary accommodation waste, via anaerobic digestion.) while they build their own low- impact sustainable housing. “Glamping” (Glamorous Camp- ing) schemes have won grant awards Local Authority acclaim across the UK, as have schemes promoting alternative travel plans. Across the UK, Grants have been awarded to communities offering support for alternative travel schemes
  11. 11. Aim: Zero Carbon/Zero GreenHouse Gas Emissions + Regeneration Employment Market House, King’s LynnAn “Exemplar of Sustainable De- Removable Timber Frame Screwsign” by Linda Beamish, (Eco- Pile Fixings.Designs .net) - this project Working closely in partneringwill be used by the College of West with John Jewell Associates,Anglia in King’s Lynn, to teach sus- Structural Engineers, a sectionallytainable construction practices. removable timber frame will be de- A private project for clients How- signed.ard Jill Leftley, who were con- The frame itself will be cut to sizecerned that their investment did not constructed using sustainablyget sunk under the North Sea. sourced timber, (ideally transported The clients asked Linda to work delivered without CO2 emissions).on their behalf to design a removable Screwed steel piles can be re-Ecological Design, as they already moved as easily as they are installed,knew of her allowing forenvironmental zero cementinterests. Market House in the con- They Tuesday Market Place struction.knew they King’s Lynn, Norfolk:- The timberhad to have a frame will be is in a ‘Medium-to-High’design which infilled with category flood zone.could be re- straw bales, moved at the is designed to follow rendered withend of the life Planning Guidelines to “Glaster”, (aof their site. suit the predicted effects mix of lime According of ‘climate change’ . putty to the Envi- ground, recy-ronment cled glass),Agency maps, its subject to ap-quite easy to determine the severity proval of the Local Authority for theof the flood risk for King’s Lynn ( colour texture of sample finishes.everywhere else in the UK). PartneringLocal Employment Regeneration Working closely with the Local One part of the clients’ brief, was Authority/s at the Borough Counciltheir requirement to source local of King’s Lynn West Norfolk, thisconstruction materials, fixtures fit- project will also be partnered withtings, in order to benefit the commu- Sandra Kass of Kass Beard, whonity of King’s Lynn -(and save Carbon aims to help achieve the highestDioxide Emissions). codes for thermal insulation, using The clients also wanted to ensure natural materials wherever possible,the ethical manufacture of the com- All equipment, windows etc, willponents, as they did not want to use be surface fixed, Ron Peach (Eco-anything which had been manufac- Designs), is preparing designs fortured or mined by any children any- quick-release mechanisms. 3D Graphics by Richard Smithwhere. All will be filmed for class re- Architects, Effectively, using local employ- sources for the College of West An-ment ensures both requisites. glia, all resources made available. Across the UK, Grants have been awarded to communities offering support for alternative travel schemes
  12. 12. Zero Carbon = East (Anglia ±) Hunstanton Happisburgh Walcott What CAN be built (temporarily) - Where (?) Eco-Ark community project proposals on any or all sites as shown. Flood Risk Graphics from (Free for educational purposes) East Anglian Examples: CLT + CIC + Co-Housing + Co- Op Housing Eco-Towns/Villages/Hamlets Permaculture @ Flood Risk Zones Essex eco-resort sites (See Phil Rose, Foundation East for ‘Community Land Trusts’) + similar possible at Based on Previously Approved Hollesley Bay Open Prison Site Exemplars of Sustainable Design (Grove Farm Dairy ± Suffolk Punch Trust) Horsey Gap, Poppylands Horsey Mill Happisburgh Waxham King’s Lynn (Replicable Inclusively)Sustainable Communities ‘Ark (charity I.T.) Cafes Campus, “Green ‘I.T.’ (Eco-Co-Op) Sustainable(ECO-COmmunity Community “Centers”, @ Schools, Colleges Universities Community Land Trusts (CLTs) CoHousing Co-Op Housing Organisations
  13. 13. Zero Carbon = East (Anglia ±) Sustainable Communities Photograph includes many environmentalists humanitarians who gave their voices to ‘Arks community proposals, (With Thanks)! ‘Ark community research used for this presentation. First, you need to have a com- Whether your community is amunity - which is liable to benefit showcase, open to the public, orfrom shared interests community gated private, the essence is thevalues. See same, and essentially, you will start Second, you’ll need to have a to work together co-operatively toformal structure. (EG. CoHousing or help one another - and to protect theCoOp Housing) children other vulnerable/ Eceni Village, Wells Third, you will need to find a site dependent members of that com-upon which to build your communi- munity.ties sustainable homes. Employment opportunities on Forth, you need seed funding The most important building for site, need to match the communitiesevents (E.G. Transition Towns). any community, is a ‘Community own key skill areas, and effectively, Centre’ with shared use of commu- this needs as much diversity as the nity resources facilities. environment for regeneration. Based upon the basic principals of The CoHousing Organisation, the community centre would accommo- date things like a community laundry - and a shared kitchen dining area/ s for group meals, internet etc. Organic Community N.B. Grant funding ‘may’ be Gardens (Fruit Veg.) Copyright AliLone available for this building. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) CoHousing Co-Op Housing Organisations
  14. 14. Sustainable Community Opportunities, Based on previously approved ‘Exemplars’ of Sustainable Design: Affordable (Community) Housing - via CoHousing, Co-Op Housing, Housing Associations Anaerobic Digesters/Other Renewable Power Generation Arts Crafts (Especially from Free/Re/cycling) Bee-Keeping (Apiaries providing honey, candles, mead, pollination, etc) Bicycle, Canoe Kayak Hire Centers for Alternative Technologies showing Innovations Citizens Advice Bureaux Community Facilities (Community Radio, Recording Studios etc) Community Interest Companies (Eco-Organic) Co-Operatives Community NewsPapers (made of recycled paper, vegetable ink) Community Transport Vehicles (converted to run on non-fossil fuels) Concerts, Films, Plays, Talks Lectures Eco-Ethical Co-Operative (Net) Eco-Festivals Eco-Toilets Eco-Villages Hamlets Education (Qualifications) Employment (Training - Pottery, Stained Glass, Bee-Keeping etc) Ethical Causes (All net profits re-distributed to help others) Franchises (Supplying /Links to Renewable Power Providers) Free Homes (for community workers) (Free Houses - serving organic food drink) Galleries ( Open Studios) Holistic (Healing) Centers Inns - Horses Carriages (E.G. Adnams Brewery Example) Juice Bars Laundry Other Community Assets Learning Advice Centers Lecture Halls Library Reference Resources (online ± offline) Local Community Police Office NO Utility Bills Offices Community Offices Organic (Community) Food Production Permaculture Renewable Power Generation Restaurant Rural Retreats Eco-Resorts Safe Places Spaces for Children, Youths ( Adults) Sports Halls (Physical Non-Physical, X-Box Tournaments etc) Sustainable Community /s (@Grassroots Survival) Theaters Youth Theaters Tourist Advice Centre Toilets Transition Towns Organic (Community) Food Production Visitor Centre Youth Centers ( more, as dependent upon local community interest resources.)Email: to arrange a presentation or to order a presentation pack as prepared for the ‘Subsidiary Diploma in Environmental Sustainability’.Linda Beamish (Eco-Design Consultant) ‘Ark (Community) Building Social Entrepreneur.