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Leading building design companies support new online platform to speed up sustainability
October 6th, 2016 by Eddie Scher

For immediate release: 6 October 2016

BuildGreen Solutions, Cundall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Elementa Consulting and Sherwood Design Engineers form the first cohort of Global Founders of a new online platform that will take the headache out of going green. Developed by sustainability charity Bioregional, the platform will make it easier for anyone involved in sustainability to make progress in creating a better world.

If everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average person in the West, we would need several planets to support us.

Bioregional developed the One Planet Living framework using learning from its involvement in the development of the award-winning BedZED Eco-village in London, the UK’s largest mixed-use eco-community. One Planet Living is based on ten intuitive principles ranging from ‘zero carbon energy’ to ‘health and happiness’, that work together to enable us all to live happy, healthy lives within the means of our one planet.

Complementing existing certification systems like BREEAM, LEED and BCorp, the online platform will capture green initiatives by cities, businesses, real estate developers, schools and individuals, enabling global, cross-sector collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Bioregional Co-Founder and International Director of One Planet Communities Pooran Desai OBE said: “It’s clear that there is huge untapped demand for One Planet Living. We already know that hundreds of organisations around the world, across four continents, are using it as the engine of their sustainability efforts.

“Our new platform will provide free tools and resources for everyone to write sustainability action plans, crowdsource solutions, and benchmark their performance against the leaders.”

“We are enormously pleased to welcome BuildGreen Solutions, Cundall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Elementa Consulting and Sherwood Design Engineers as the first Global Founders of our platform – a platform that we will continue to build with their support. We are looking for more like-minded sustainability leaders to join us, so they can help influence the development of the platform and its associated tools, services and business model.”

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Integral Group and Elementa Consulting, Kevin Hydes said: “We have worked with One Planet Living over the years and supported its ongoing evolution and development. What’s really exciting about the framework is its ability to change hearts as well as minds. It’s a fantastic tool for engaging communities and businesses. It makes the issues accessible to all and it accelerates our collective impact towards the biggest challenge in an era: to live within our earth’s resources. I am extremely proud to join this initiative as a Global Founder, and encourage other like-minded global firms to come on board.”

Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner at Cundall said: “Cundall has been a One Planet Company since 2012, and is delighted to be a Global Founder of this new platform. We see it as the natural next step, making the One Planet ethos accessible to the broadest possible audience, helping people and organisations around the world to adopt One Planet Living. We apply the One Planet ethos within Cundall every day, not only to assess our operations as a business but also as our framework to ensure our projects are truly sustainable.”

Bioregional is inviting up to 40 Global Founders to help support the development of the platform over the next 6 months, and it will be launched to the public next Spring. Contact Claire Brady ( to find out more.


Contact Claire Brady ( to find out more.

Bioregional also publishes its 2015/16 Annual Review today, which maps the growth of One Planet Communities across four continents.

Follow @oneplanetliving and #oneplanetliving on twitter.


Notes to editors

  1. Bioregional champions a better, more sustainable way to live. We work with partners to create better places for people to live, work and do business.
  2. BuildGreen Solutions is a real estate advisory services company with a unique perspective on development, blending development experience with unparalleled expertise in sustainability. With a long-term interest in building dynamic and vibrant communities, it advises on how to maximize environmental, social and economic returns from development projects in various roles as managers, educators, consultants and facilitators.
  3. Cundall is an international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with over 600 staff, operating in over 11 countries across the globe. 2016 sees Cundall (Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP) celebrating its 40th anniversary. It provides clients with practical advice and solutions, which reduce the environmental impact of developments, and provide better spaces for building users and occupiers, as well as for the wider community. Cundall is the world’s first consultancy to be endorsed as a One Planet Company. Also visit
  4. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) is an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for design quality, for pioneering environmental expertise and a progressive architectural approach. It has experience in designing for education, housing, master planning and urban design as well as places for art and the creative reuse of historic buildings. FCBStudios started small over 38 years ago and, in spite of its growth to over 200 staff, it continues to be committed to social and humanistic values in its work. It won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Accordia, a scheme which is widely regarded as setting a new benchmark for housing in the UK. It is the top RIBA National Award winning practice of the last decade.
  5. Integral Group is an interactive global network of over 360 design professionals collaborating under a single deep green engineering umbrella; Elementa Consulting is a member of Integral Group. It provides a full range of building system design, energy analysis, and third party LEED commissioning services with a staff widely regarded as innovative leaders in their fields. Integral has offices and affiliates throughout North America and around the world that focus on providing clients with high-quality, efficient solutions. The organisation is designed to specifically meet the challenge of accelerating critical change in sustainable building practices.
  6. Sherwood Design Engineers is a 21st century civil and environmental engineering firm committed to the optimal integration of ecology, infrastructure, and design, with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Houston. It was established to provide a new generation of infrastructure services focused on both planning and implementation. The firm has implemented net-zero green building projects, district infrastructure, new street standards, and many sustainable civil projects throughout the world.
  7. The One Planet digital platform will be publicly launched in the UK at Ecobuild in March 2016, and at in the USA in April, at the Urban Land Institute in Seattle.

Urban Innovations Water Infrastructure at Habitat III Side Event in Indonesia
July 26th, 2016 by Wendy

S. Bry Sarté will be presenting at 2016 Preparatory Commission 3 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development on July 27th in Surabaya, Indonesia. He will be co-presenting at the Habitat III Side Event on Urban Innovations Water Infrastructure introducing the new publication for “Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems”


How do cities need to respond to the risks related to the intersection of water resources, climate vulnerability and rapid urbanization? Urban design innovations serve as a form of connective infrastructure, bridging segregated disciplinary thought to meet the complex challenges posed by urbanization.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park: Main Street and John Street Site Grand Openings
August 14th, 2015 by Sherwood


Last week, Brooklyn Bridge Park celebrated the opening of two new sites—Main and John Streets—extending the park to its most northern boundary along the East River.  Sherwood worked in close collaboration with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy to extend the park’s recreational and protective edge, now 1.5 miles in length.

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Outlook for Sustainable Design by Ron Nyren
June 22nd, 2015 by Wendy

Designing not just to conserve resources, but also to improve the environment.~

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Members of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council discuss ideas for redesigning the urban realm in ways that consume fewer resources and reduce or reverse environmental impacts.  Click here to read the full article

Sherwood Sessions at AIA!
May 13th, 2015 by Sherwood

Sherwood Partners Bry Sarte and John Leys will be presenting 3 sessions this week at the AIA National Conference in Atlanta! They promise to be fantastic, so check them out!

Hybrid Consultancies-Thursday 7:30-8:30am Room B401

Infrastructure, Resilience, and Public Space- Friday 3:30-4:30pm Room B314

Proving Grounds for Net-Zero Water Buildings and EcoDistricts- Saturday 7-8am /room B314

Sherwood Institute Brings Water Infrastructure Recommendations to the United Nations
March 5th, 2015 by Sherwood

This post is authored by Prentiss Darden, from SDE’s Innovation Lab, who participated in the SI Forum and is currently collaborating on the upcoming Sherwood Institute publication, “Innovations in Urban Water Infrastructure.”

This past September, Sherwood Institute hosted a two day workshop in New York City to generate ideas about innovations in urban water infrastructure and how to implement them.  We were joined by a group of 60 engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners, ecologists, policy makers, and development workers, including representatives from the UN, Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab and Earth Institute, Grimshaw, Gensler, Mia Lehrer and Associates, Sasaki Associates, and dland studio.  Participants came from the east, west, and gulf coasts, bringing a variety of experience and perspectives to apply in developing innovations and implementation strategies to a variety of sites chosen for their varying conditions relative to climate, population density, and infrastructure condition.  The workshop was conducted as a design charrette, with groups working on solutions for sites located in Manhattan,   Silicon Valley, New Orleans, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Qinhuangdao (China), and Bangalore (India), addressing innovations and implementations as they applied from bio-regional to district scales.

Forum participants discussing innovations in water infrastructure for the city of New Orleans. Pictured: Jason Hellendrung, James Lima, David Burke, Jeff Carney, and Elisa Petkova. Photo Credit: Angela Eaton / Sherwood Institute

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Presidio Coastal Trail Battery Bridge Under Construction!
January 30th, 2015 by Sherwood

This exciting project connects the Golden Gate Bridge to the already constructed portion of the Pacific Coast Trail. This stage will connect the Golden Gate Overlook to the Golden Gate Bridge with a 10′ wide uninterrupted multi-use trail, and eventually all the way to Baker Beach. Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is our client managing the project. Sherwood Principal Drew Norton’s team is doing full trail design, focusing on natural resources management, passive stormwater systems, and accessibility compliance. We are working closely with Marta Fry Landscape, and FTF Structural Engineering.




















Bry Sarte weighs in on the tricky business of on-site water treatment and reuse!
January 26th, 2015 by Sherwood

The Tricky Business of On-Site Water Treatment and Reuse
It’s time to rethink old assumptions about what can and can’t be done

By Vicki Elmer and Paula Kehoe


As published in the December 2014 Issue of the Planning Magazine

The 3Rs for solid waste — reduce, reuse, recycle — have been around since the 1970s, but the next big R is for water. Reuse of the wet stuff is on the rise.

On-site water treatment and reuse is turning up in commercial and residential buildings from Seattle to San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Portland.

Large water and wastewater utilities pioneered wastewater recycling — using it for irrigation in dry states. Today, local developers in both wet and dry states are getting in on the game with the goal of “net zero” or “net positive” water for individual building projects. Some of these projects also recover energy from wastewater and solid waste with integrated water-energy-waste systems.

Click here to read the full article!

Bishop O’Dowd High School Awarded ENR CA’s “K-12 Education Award of Merit”
January 23rd, 2015 by Sherwood

This blog is authored by Sherwood Designer, Pavel Guevarra.

Drew Norton and Pavel Guevarra of Sherwood Design Engineers worked together with Siegel & Strain Architects to complete Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Center for Environmental Studies.  The new laboratory building is located within the Living Lab, which is a 4.5 acre certified wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom at the perimeter of the campus dedicated to cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards and sustainability leaders.  The Center for Environmental Studies has been recently awarded “K-12 Education Award of Merit” by Engineering News Record (ENR).

The Center for Environmental Studies is a 5,500 square feet LEED Platinum certified academic building that features roof-mounted photovoltaic panels for renewable power and locally sourced renewable materials.  Sherwood took a comprehensive approach to managing storm water runoff from the site that prevents post-development peak discharge rate and quantity from exceeding predevelopment conditions.  A rainwater cistern, bioswale, raingarden and pervious paving, were utilized onsite to reduce post-development runoff, despite an approximate 24% increase in impervious area.

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OCGP Awarded ENR CA’s “Best Green Project” Award:
January 21st, 2015 by Jessica Stanley

Orange County Great Park (OCGP) has been named Engineering News Report’s (ENR) California’s “Best Green Project of 2014.” Some of the most visible green infrastructure elements include the stormwater management strategy and water reuse system designed by Sherwood Design Engineers. The project also boasts low-flow indoor plumbing fixtures, recycled and salvages materials, and renewable energy generated on-site. Check out the write-up on ENR’s website and the previous Sherwood blog post– originally written at the completion of construction. In addition to ENR’s award the project has already been recognized by several other organizations- click here for a complete list.