About us 

The Institute is an independent charity established to accelerate the delivery of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable cities and communities.

Photo by Ana Paun. The Institute for Sustainability is an independent charity established to significantly accelerate the delivery of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable cities and communities.

We seek to:

  • Establish practical demonstration projects which accelerate our understanding of how to deliver sustainable places
  • Measure, monitor and evaluate projects to ensure learning is captured and disseminated
  • Develop and deliver projects which accelerate systemic innovation and market growth.

Our role

The Institute plays a number of roles in supporting and enabling projects. These include:

  • Acting as an independent facilitator
  • Leveraging funding
  • Project creation
  • Shaping and guiding projects from inception through to delivery
  • Project management
  • Capturing and sharing knowledge and best practice.

Our activity

Our activity focuses on the areas which we believe present the greatest challenge – and opportunity – to creating sustainable cities and communities.  These are resource efficient buildings, sustainable infrastructure and resources and transport and logistics, all of which feed into our cross-cutting projects and programmes. These concentrate on integrated, systems approaches to sustainable development, covering a diverse but inter-related range of elements that have an economic, social and environmental impact on the places we live and work. A number of our cross-cutting projects have a specific focus on innovation (technology, approaches and services) and supply chains.


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