Three year research project concludes. We are very pleased to announce the release of our report and report summary People, Places and Products: Exploring sustainable-living practices in masterplanned communities. These summary and full versions of our reporting, represent the culmination of a substantial, comparative three year study into sustainable Living practices undertaken in the UK and Australia. This research work on an important aspect of making sustainable communities has been completed under the auspices of the UH Lafarge Sustainable Living Partnership.
UH Lafarge Tarmac sustainable living partnership
Through its urbanism work stream, the Centre for Sustainable Communities is part of an exciting research partnership with Lafarge Tarmac Aggregates focusing on sustainable living. The partnership arose from a desire to face up to the challenges of creating sustainable communities and is working to create a debate about sustainable living and contribute to national and international work on this theme.
The partnership combines Lafarge Tarmac's and the University of Hertfordshire's individual practical and academic expertise, in order to inform and influence the sustainable living agenda in three specific areas: designing sustainable places to live, moving away from fossil fuel dependence, and supporting sustainable transport choices. In so doing the partnership fits well within the Centre's focus on aspects of sustainable communities including urbanism, transport and energy
Lafarge Tarmac is very generously funding the Centre for Sustainable Communities at a level of £50,000 p.a. for three years; and the funded work is aimed at generating and publicising very practical and useful results through applied research and dissemination on sustainable living research topics.
To further the Partnership working aims, we are currently completing comparative fieldwork that has been undertaken in both the UK and Australia, exploring attitudes to sustainable living in masterplanned communities. The in-progress results have been discussed and documented at a mid-term conference 'Living Sustainably' and the Proceedings can be downloaded here.
Through this partnership work we intend to make a significant contribution to both academic scholarship and offer applied research outcomes that help influence wider perspectives on this vital topic. Insights from research and other projects will be disseminated as widely as possible, added to the best practice literature, and results used to inform policy makers and opinion shapers.
How the Partnership is managed
The activities of the partnership are being overseen by a high level independent Steering Group comprising senior members from Lafarge Tarmac, UH and external invitees, with day to day support and partnership management provided through the Centre for Sustainable Communities.