Sustainable developments 2011
As we reach the end of 2011, we look back at the articles that most caught our readers’ attention in each month of the year.
In January we reported Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s speech at the The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Forum in London, where he detailed the Government’s commitment to “fully implement sustainability reporting across Government”.
In February we ran a special edition covering the Government’s vision for sustainable development. Sustainable development minister Lord Henley answered questions from SD Scene on the importance of sustainable development and the Government’s approach.
Our regular February newsletter reported the climate change adaptation reports published by seven organisations with a responsibility for vital services and infrastructure have published, detailing how they are assessing and acting on the risks and opportunities of a changing climate.
In March Professor Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, discussed the links between climate change and the global food system, stressing two imperatives for action: to ensure secure supplies of food for future generations and to achieve sustainable food production.
Our April newsletter reported on the Government’s publication of the draft Carbon Plan, a cross-Government action plan on climate change setting strict actions and deadlines for Whitehall over the coming 5 years.
In May Rebecca Willis – former vice chair of the Sustainable Development Commission and independent researcher and adviser on environment and sustainability – gave her personal insight on how the lessons of the SDC’s 10 years can inform future work on sustainable development.
June saw an extract from Chris Laszlo and Nadya Zhexembayeva’s Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage, a book “that shows how sustainability is a natural and important progression in thinking about business value”.
In July we reported Food Minister Jim Paice’s announcement of the first Government Buying Standards for food and catering services, ensuring that the Government buys more sustainable food and gives small and local producers fair access to public contracts.
Our August newsletter featured Penny Walker’s review of two recent books on leadership and sustainable development, challenging readers to be “tempered radicals, positive deviants or social intrapreneurs”..
In September Defra’s Head of Sustainable Development Jonathan Tillson reviewed progress since the publication in February 2011 of Mainstreaming Sustainable Development, the Coalition Government’s vision for sustainable development.
We reported in October on the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team’s first annual report, highlighting examples of the application of behavioural insights to policy over the last year, including energy efficiency, health and wellbeing.
Faye Scott, senior policy adviser for the Green Alliance, discussed in our November edition the effects of the localism agenda on approaches to climate change in local authorities and the opportunities it offers.
Kazuhiko Takemoto, of the UN University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, set out in December his positive vision of changing behaviours through education and called for increased visibility of education in sustainable development initiatives.
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