New Online Case Study Library from SDRNPublished 26 June 2012 in Sustainable Development
The Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) has recently launched an online case study database of innovative sustainable development initiatives from across the research, community and business sectors.
The case studies are divided into a diverse range of categories, including: green economy, community renewable energy, sustainable local transport, local food production, environmental restoration and volunteering, waste prevention, wellbeing and equality, environmental education initiatives, and responsible business practice and social enterprise.
Each case study seeks to convey the aims, background and nature of the initiative, the activities under way and, where available, the key challenges and critical success factors identified by those engaged in the initiative.
Examples of case studies in the database include:
- Eden Solarfair: a partnership project to provide Eden Project staff in Cornwall with the opportunity to invest in a renewable scheme which will provide free renewable energy for the Eden Project (generated by the solar panels) but will also offer employees potentially attractive return on their investment through the benefits of the Feed-in Tariff renewable energy incentive scheme.
- Low Carbon West Oxford: a community-led initiative that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of West Oxford through encouraging and enabling more sustainable lifestyles amongst residents.
- Fintry Development Trust: a community-led project in Stirlingshire, in which revenue from a community-owned wind turbine is used to fund energy-reduction measures within the village.
- Shimmer: A pilot scheme operating in a number of low-income boroughs of London to help low income households tackle fuel poverty and financial exclusion.
- Peterborough Environment City Trust: Working with over 200 different partners from both the private and public sectors, PECT delivers a range of projects to lead and support the city of Peterborough in establishing itself as "the UK’s Environment Capital".