Climate action and sustainable development

Green and clean. How can local government deliver services and engage citizens for a more sustainable future and a cooler climate?



Benchmarking Urban Heat

Urban heat and the impact of climate change are already being felt in our cities and suburbs. This briefing looks at urban heat with a specific focus on the benchmarking urban heat projects in four Sydney councils, undertaken in collaboration with Western Sydney University (WSU).

Australia Briefing

Graduated Development Sequencing: An Alternative Approach to Greenfield Development

This briefing presents the case for an alternate approach to greenfield development in South Australia in order to address the challenge of development sequencing and infrastructure funding. While this briefing is focussed on South Australia, the challenges are relevant for growth areas across Australia.

Australia Briefing

How to transform a city: A look to Helsingborg, Sweden

The development of new and smart technologies to improve urban living continues apace. This briefing is on the developments in the City of Helsingborg and in preparations for a City Expo in 2022 to showcase what has been achieved.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing

The power of public food

As plans are laid for a green recovery from the impact of the pandemic, public procurement of sustainable and local food is an effective mechanism at our disposal. Sarah Duley from Soil Association Scotland explains how public sector food can be a powerful tool for social, economic, and environmental change.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Housing in Scotland: the next 20 years

Improvements to Scotland’s housing over the next 20 years should mean more social housing as well as warmer and greener homes for renters and homeowners. ‘Housing to 2040’, published by Scottish Government, also promises better quality housing across all tenures, with existing homes brought up to the same standard as new properties and improved accessibility…

Scotland Briefing