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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 (claire.brady@bioregional.com) to find out more.

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Contact Claire Brady (claire.brady@bioregional.com) 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. www.bioregional.com
  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. http://www.build-green.com
  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. www.cundall.com. Also visit http://www.cundall.com/About-Us/Sustainability/One-Planet-Company.aspx
  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. http://fcbstudios.com/
  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. http://www.sherwoodengineers.com/
  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.

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

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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Using LEGOs to Teach Kids About Green Building
April 30th, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.

Every March, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosts an event called Engineering Open House (EOH). This event attracts over 20,000 visitors to the U of I Engineering Campus to see the 250+ exhibits put on by various student groups about engineering. A student group that I am involved with, USGBC Students, decided to use EOH as a platform to educate students and the general public about LEED and green buildings. We wanted to create an exhibit that was interactive, applicable to an audience that ranged from kindergarten to adults, and that actually taught people about LEED. We came up with a concept called “LEGO LEED”, in which we gave participants a pre-built LEGO home and they could add on certain features, such as solar panels, a bike rack, low irrigation plants, an air filtration system, or a green roof to make the house more “green”. Read the rest of this entry »

Masdar: A Green City Case Study
February 22nd, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.

One of my professors recently asked our class to think about what “grand challenges” face our society, and my mind immediately jumped to population growth and urbanization. As population continues to grow over the next several decades, resources will become more scarce and human impact on the environment will also grow. UN population studies project that world population will reach 9.31 billion by 2050. Where will these people live? Current and projected urbanization rates estimate that by 2050, about 6.25 billion people (67% of the total world population) will live in cities. This is almost twice the 2010 urban population of 3.56 billion people (about 52% of the current world population). Read the rest of this entry »

Greenbuild 2012: In Review
January 17th, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.

The United States Green Building Council’s Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference devoted to green buildings. Professionals travel from all over the world to network with one another, attend educational sessions, wander through huge exposition halls, and go on tours of green buildings around the city.  This year’s Greenbuild was held in San Francisco during the week of November 12th and it was the largest green building conference ever!

I attended Greenbuild 2012 with nine other students from the University of Illinois USGBC Students chapter. This was my first Greenbuild and the experience blew me away!  Overall, I felt that the conference was fascinating, educational, fun, and most importantly, inspiring. And I think the other 35,000+ attendees would agree with me. Read the rest of this entry »

Sherwood @ Greenbuild 2012
November 13th, 2012 by admin

Please join us Wednesday, November 14th for our Greenbuild happy hour and art opening at Sherwood!

The night will feature specialty cocktails, entertainment, art, food, and craft beer on tap featuring a never-before-seen Gigante IPA, in honor of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory (colored appropriately). Read the rest of this entry »

Sherwood Institute’s Michel St. Pierre published in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review
November 8th, 2012 by Sherwood

On October 16th, Sherwood Institute board member Michel St. Pierre published an article titled “Sustainable Development in India” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in which he discusses the work the Sherwood Institute’s work in Bangalore, and how the city has been affected by India’s quickly rising population. Read the rest of this entry »

The Living Machine® at SFPUC
August 3rd, 2012 by Sherwood

This morning, a group of Sherwood engineers were given a tour of the Living Machine® wastewater treatment system at the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The new headquarters building is a model of innovation and sustainable design, from its energy efficiency, to water reuse, to ecological and environmental benefits. Living Machine® Technology treats and reuses wastewater by incorporating plants and beneficial bacteria with innovative engineering. Based on the principles of wetland ecology, the tidal process cleans water, making the Living Machine® extremely energy-efficient and allowing the system to produce reclaimed water that meets high-quality reuse standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Bayview Opera House Renovation
May 29th, 2012 by Sherwood

San Francisco’s Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (aka South San Francisco Opera House) is currently undergoing structural and accessibility renovations. The project is run by SF Arts and funded by a collection SF agencies. Sherwood is working with Tom Eliot Fisch architects and Hood Design Studio landscape architects on a number of site improvements, including a collaboration with Walter Hood in site layout while specializing in stormwater systems. Read the rest of this entry »

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