About Sustainable Places

Sustainable Places cuts through the complexities of the climate change debate to provide expert advice, offer clear priorities for action and describe good practice in sustainable urban design and management.

It supports people who plan, design and manage neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Every place needs to be managed as a complex system. Key themes, like energy and waste, need to be addressed at the right scale. The website provides tailored, expert advice arranged around five spatial scales, from buildings and spaces to subregions. It systematically links these scales with six critical sustainability themes - energy, waste, water, transport, green infrastructure and public space. This allows you to see, for instance, how low-carbon and renewable energy technologies or transport will work across a neighbourhood.

Making sustainable places requires integrated thinking across silos, to make the most of local opportunities – and the website is designed to help you achieve this. A cross-cutting approach should underpin decisions about where new homes, schools, healthcare, shops and employment are located, and how regeneration is planned and implemented.

The website also offers an invaluable knowledge base of examples of good practice from around the world, to help decide the right approach for your city, town, neighbourhood or site. One size never fits all when it comes to the built environment. But you can learn fast from the experience of others.

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Expert contributors

The UK’s leading practitioners and researchers on sustainable urban design, climate change and the built environment have contributed to the content of this site. Content is peer reviewed to ensure the information is robust and timely.

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Your use of Sustainable Places is subject to these terms and conditions. Access and use of the web site constitutes acceptance by you of these terms and conditions.

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