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January 2015 Newsletter 


Welcome to Bioregional's One Planet Living newsletter where we share insights from around our network and highlight upcoming events. If you have a story you'd like to share do contact us!
Health & happiness all round as Singita Serengeti donates sports field
Singita Serengeti in Tanzania, an endorsed One Planet Living partner, has donated a sports field to the local Makundusi Primary School. The sports field project was a team effort between Singita Serengeti, Grumeti Fund (a Tanzanian non-profit organization carrying out conservation and community development work), and Makundusi Primary School. Read more about the project here.
Grow Community - urban agriculture at its best
Grow Community, North America’s second endorsed One Planet Community, has been named as one of the ten best Urban Agriculture projects worldwide by Urban Land Magazine. Grow's first phase contains a rich mix of raised beds and plantings across the community grounds which are tended by residents, and already yields a bounty of fruit, veg and herbs to by shared by all. 
Eco Bicester - best in Europe
The Eco-Bicester programme run by Cherwell District Council, with Bioregional, has won a prestigious European energy award after being nominated by the National Energy Foundation earlier this year. Eco-Bicester scooped the ACE Award Overall Winner in the category Energy Smart Municipalities. The programme combines a town-wide energy efficiency programme with the building of the 6,000 home NW Bicester eco town.
French Prime Minister lays Foundations of Villages Nature
France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has laid the cornerstone of Villages Nature, a One Planet Living Community and sustainable tourism project now being built just outside the French capital and next to Disneyland Paris. The project has been designated an 'Operation of National Interest' and a 'Project of General Interest' due to the projects social and economic benefits of the project.
2015 - a year of global uncertainties
Pooran Desai, OBE, co-founder of Bioregional and International Director of One Planet Communities looks forward to a year which has already begun with much upheavel at home and abroad, and suggests that how we deal with uncertainty may well be a key determinant of outcomes at personal, professional and societal levels.

ONE PLANET CHAMPION INTERVIEW

Wilson Owino, Lodge Manager, Singita Sabora Tented Camp

What is your role within the One Planet Living network?
My role is to oversee the One Planet Community here at the Singita Serengeti Sabora camp; ensuring all plans for the camp are being actioned and training and sensitising the team on what One Planet Living (OPL) is all about.

What is your biggest success?
Training the team here on OPL. When we started about a year ago, we had no clue what OPL was all about. I remember the first training session - I could see my team members glaring at me as I painstakingly tried to explain! Fortunately I am eloquent in Kiswahili language so managed to explain in a language they could understand and give real examples from day to day life.  For instance after understanding what “health & happiness”  meant in OPL terms, we have members of the team exercising every evening and even formed a soccer team!

What is your biggest failure?
I would not say we have a biggest failure but rather areas we still need to improve on. Achieving OPL status is a continuous process and it takes time before one assimilates and starts living the same. I have seen a marked improvement from my team as we continue to focus on one principle after the other.

Who is your sustainability hero?
It is very hard to pick one individual since we move as a team. Everyone here is committed…nevertheless I would single out our Grounds attendant, Bahati Johana, who checks on our garbage collection area to ensure there is no mixing of waste and is quick to remind each department of the importance. However, from the kitchen, housekeeping, food & beverage, security, back of house and the entire camp, there are ‘One Planet heroes’ scattered all over!

What are you looking forward to in the next twelve months?
I am really excited about the potential installation of a solar village and power bank at Sabora! This will finally usher Singita Sabora lodge into OPL status, talk of Zero carbon! I cannot wait to see the diesel consumption by my 200KVA generators cut down by 50%!

ONE PLANET LIVING BLOG 

Natural Capital: is it worth all the fuss?
Henry Unwin questions, with all this talk of natural capital accounting and paying for ecosystems services: is it worth all the fuss? Read more here.
Why do we buy, buy, buy?
Niusia Winczewska takes stock of how everywhere around us we are told to buy more, waste more and want more. Read more here.
Let's get personal
When it comes to sustainability there’s no such thing as a free lunch, argues Nick Schoon...Read his reasons why here.
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