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Links The full sustainability strategy for Herefordshire Council: http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/environment/29 128.asp Community Strategy for Herefordshire: A sustainable future for the http://www.herefordshirepartnership.com/111.asp county UK’s sustainable development strategy, ‘Securing the Future’: www.sustainable development.gov.uk/publications/uk strategy/index.htm Herefordshire Council’s Sustainability Regional Sustainable Development Framework (RSDF) for the West Midlands: Strategy www.sustainabilitywestmidlands.org.uk 2006 - 2009 If you need help to understand this document, or would like it in another format or language, please call 01432 26xxxx or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org www.herefordshire.gov.uk Putting people first | Promoting our county | Providing for our communities | Protecting our future Herefordshire Council has agreed a strategy that natural resources prudently and the whole Crucial to the transition to sustainable The primary aim of Full House is the provision of will guide and strengthen its contribution to the council has achieved certification to the performance is sustainability accounting – used but usable furniture to low-income families. sustainability of the county. Its purpose is to co international environmental management sometimes termed triple bottom line accounting In light of this, customers in receipt of benefits ordinate the diverse work of the Council so that standard ISO 14001. Its planners are developing because it includes social and environmental take priority, especially when demand for ‘core’ the principles of sustainability apply across all of a rigorous sustainability appraisal methodology performance as well as financial. Herefordshire items such as cookers and beds is high. As well its strategies, plans, policies and actions. that will underpin future spatial planning the Council is developing such reporting to serve as as this social contribution it also serves a county. It has invested in a multi-million pound a benchmark for future council sustainability positive economic purpose: helping people back The result is that Herefordshire will have a performance. scheme to bring higher and further education to into work. Its team of around ten paid staff is Council that continually: a single campus. The Council’s electricity supplemented by Community Service Volunteers ■ Co-ordinates its work across all directorates demand is met by a ‘green’ energy supplier; and Sustainable development objectives for Herefordshire and community payback work placements as to move towards the key characteristics of there are many more examples. See ‘Case well as regular, dedicated volunteers. sustainable communities in Herefordshire, in Studies’ for an indication of how such projects ■ Protecting and enhancing its outstanding accordance with government guidelines (see can offer multiple social, economic and landscape and high quality rural environment The environmental benefits of reusing and www.communities.gov.uk). environmental benefits. ■ Encouraging policies and plans that support recycling the items are clear; Full House also applies environmental standards to its operation ■ Manages its assets and uses resources in a For a local authority, the sustainability imperative access to essential facilities and sustainable transport, especially for rural settlements including running two of its vehicles on bio-fuel. sustainable fashion, and buys goods and presents particular challenges and opportunities. services according to an agreed sustainable As a body with boundary-spanning ■ Providing and caring for an increasingly Between April 2005 and March 2006, Full House procurement policy. responsibilities across the county’s ageing population. made 2,518 collections, reflected in sales environmental social and economic life it is revenues of approximately £90,000, around 60% ■ Operates more cost-effectively as a result of ■ Creating educational and economic both efficiency gains and new opportunities uniquely well placed to grasp the opportunity to opportunities. of which were to benefit-receiving clients. The for synchronised working derived from a meet sustainability objectives across all three same period recorded 1,017 hours of areas – and grapple with the three-way ■ Promoting investment and engagement in community service and 1,276 volunteer hours. more integrated approach. learning and skills. complexities that this task presents. Total mass of goods saved from landfill was 745 This sustainability strategy is inspired by and ■ Supporting the vitality and viability of town tonnes. All profits derived from furniture sales builds on the Community Strategy for Herefordshire Council is confronting this centres and market towns. are reinvested back into the company’s Herefordshire. This top-level plan for the county challenge by creating a whole-council approach to sustainability: identifying ways of integrating ■ Improving health and reducing health activities, although Full House still relies on sets out a vision for Herefordshire on behalf of external support. sustainability into the plans and strategies that it inequalities. all members of the Herefordshire Partnership: produces, and into the actions and thinking of Herefordshire will be a place where people, Council officers. It is also pioneering methods organisations and businesses working together Herefordshire must also strive to address Case study: Sustainable schools for coordinating and aligning sustainability national objectives including: within an outstanding natural environment will principles across these plans, strategies and Children’s understanding is crucial to bring about sustainable prosperity and well actions – and across directorates – which is no ■ Use natural resources such as water and sustainability. National initiatives such as Healthy being for all. small task. It is expected that this will produce minerals efficiently; reduce waste levels and Schools, Eco-Schools and Sustainable Schools efficiencies in time and cost as well as a more increase recycling. acknowledge this, and Herefordshire Council Community Strategy activities are steered by five guiding principles, including the need to sustainable county. ■ Address climate change by reducing overall supports its own schools’ efforts in these areas. “integrate sustainability into all our actions” in energy use and increasing the proportion of One example is Staunton-on-Wye Primary order to “maximise community, environmental energy generated from renewable sources. School, which has a long-established vegetable Ongoing action plan and economic benefits, operate within ■ Encourage sustainable purchasing. garden that was set up with financial help from environmental limits and contribute to a better The full strategy document details the the Council through the Healthy Schools fund ■ Support the provision of affordable housing. quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in programme of activities that the Council is and has since also benefited from Eco-Schools or visits Herefordshire”. undertaking to achieve this. This is available ■ Encourage more public participation in grants. The garden, which covers an area of 56 online – see the list of links at the end of this activities and decisions affecting m2, grows beetroot, tomatoes, spinach, Herefordshire Council is basing its approach on communities. document. Initially the activities are internal and potatoes, carrots, leeks, herbs, flowers and UK government policy and the Regional apply predominantly to Council officers and ■ Reduce poverty and social exclusion, wheat. Between the ages of 7 and 9 all children Sustainable Development Framework (RSDF) for members, but they will have external effects as particularly in deprived areas. spend some lesson time in the garden every the West Midlands. See the web sites at the end they are established. week for half of the year. of this document for more information. One immediate priority is to facilitate an agreed Case study: Full House Not only do they plant and dig themselves, they vision of the Council’s future performance from a also learn how to prepare the food – including Sustainability and the Council sustainability perspective. This will be expressed in Full House is a local charity that offers an excellent example of sustainability in practice. It grinding the wheat on a stone grinder and Like other local authorities, Herefordshire measurable, long-term targets based on making it into bread. When it is harvested they indicators that reflect the economic, is contracted by the Council to address three Council’s Corporate Plan addresses main issues: the disposal of unwanted eat it with their lunches or sell it to parents to sustainability issues, setting out how the council environmental and social well-being of raise extra funds for the school. Each year the Herefordshire. These will be set out in the next household items (which would otherwise end up will play its part in making the vision for as bulky landfill), the need among low-income whole school enjoys a harvest lunch, comprising Herefordshire a reality. version of this strategy. a hearty soup and bread made from the fruits of households for affordable basic items of Herefordshire Council has already achieved Another priority is to build a framework for furniture and white goods and the provision of their labours. Not only do the children learn how much that contributes to sustainability. It has a streamlining sustainability objectives across the employment for those struggling to find it. Full the land provides sustenance, they also learn Carbon Management Action Plan, committing it Council’s plans, policies, budgets and strategies. This House collects these unwanted household about healthy cooking and eating. This to a 12.5% reduction in its carbon emissions by will identify and encourage shared, quantified goods, charging only for collection costs, and understanding is enhanced with teaching about 2012 compared with the 2002 baseline. It has a outcomes – tangible practices, policies or then assesses them, performs repairs (where the benefits of local food and agriculture and the clear environmental policy, which recognises the decisions – that contribute to a sustainable necessary and cost effective) and prices them way in which their school fits into the local and need to protect the environment and to use Herefordshire. Work on this is already underway. for resale. wider environment.
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