It is easy to talk about sustainability in organisations but what does that really mean? There has always been a lot of room for interpretation in answering this but the new Future Fit Business Benchmark could change that.
I’ve thought for sometime how great it would be to self build a property to Passiv Haus standards, and with all the trimmings. It would be made of the most natural long-lasting, reused / reusable and innocuous materials I could find, and with the future built in. Well of course this comes at a price, and one currently beyond my reach. However an opportunity to tackle the next best thing as I saw it, a home retrofit, has captured my imagination.
In a recent article, Jo Confino argued that the greatest risk to the sustainability movement was in failing to articulate a compelling vision of the future that is prosperous yet stays within planetary boundaries. This need for a ‘vision’ is often articulated.
We have just finished a really interesting piece of work in partnership with Aster Property in the South West. This housing provider's eagerness to explore ideas for co-operative and community energy, both associated with its own propety and also in and around the community, is reassuring and refreshing. A short case study highlights our approach to the task.