Guide to Developing Sustainability Strategy

Topics: Sustainability, Sustainable development, Natural environment Pages: 27 (7680 words) Published: February 5, 2013
A Guide to Developing a Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan

A Guide to Developing a Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan Written by Clare Wilson, Barry Smith and Peter Dunn, Sustainable Homes Ltd August 2007 Supported by the Housing Corporation's Innovation & Good Practice programme. Acknowledgements Sustainable Homes Ltd would like to thank: • All the housing associations that responded the sustainability strategy survey, 2006. • The housing associations that kindly provided strategies for review: De Havilland Housing Partnership Drum Housing Association East Dorset Housing Association Home Group Hyde Housing Group Metropolitan Housing Partnership Nottingham Community Housing Association Octavia Housing and Care Plus Housing Group Town & Country Housing Association West Mercia Housing Group Hastoe Housing Association set up Sustainable Homes in 1996, becoming Sustainable Homes Ltd in 2007. The team provides training and consultancy services to anyone involved in the housing sector on improving their sustainability and environmental performance. Please note that information and opinions have been gathered together in this document to give general guidance on the development of strategies. They are believed to be correct but Hastoe the Housing Corporation, and the other organisations participating in the project cannot accept any liability arising from them. Housing associations and others will need to obtain their own professional advice when implementing schemes or contemplating new arrangements.

Photos/illustrations courtesy of: Futureprint Limited The Housing Corporation West Mercia Housing Group Printed on 100% recycled paper

Contents

Page no: Foreword
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Executive summary .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Summary of sustainability strategy survey 2006 • Definition of 'strategy' ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6 A guide to developing a sustainability strategy and action plan ....................................................................................................................7 • Sustainability strategies - the context ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................7 • The definition of sustainable development ..............................................................................................................................................................................................7 Sustainable development in social housing ................................................................................................................................................................................................8 • The UK Government .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 8 • The Housing Corporation...
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