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Sustainability initiatives[edit]


Local sustainability initiatives[edit]

Please see our local pages via the London category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Initiatives by topic[edit]

London topics with their own wiki page listed under See also

Arts, sport and culture[edit]

GoodGym, helps people get fit by doing good - London buses: one bus at a time - Magnificent Revolution, Bike Power People - Platform, describes itself as "bringing together environmentalists, artists, human rights campaigners, educationalists and community activists to create innovative projects driven by the need for social and environmental justice, (Wikipedia)

Wikipedia: London, Sister cities


London Wildlife Trust - West London Organic and Wildlife Gardening Association (WOWga)

Wikipedia: Nature reserves in London, Sites of Special Scientific Interest in London

Climate action[edit]

London Climate Change Partnership

London is a member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Community and voluntary action[edit]

Just Space, Community groups cooperating on London planning - London Advice Services Alliance

Community energy[edit]

Repowering London

Community involvement[edit]

London Citizens -Open Institute London

Community safety[edit]

Know Where To Go, online directory of support services for women dealing with domestic violence, rape, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution -, real-time advice and information

Cycling activism[edit]

more video: Cycle Vision 4mins Online

The Bike Project, getting refugees cycling - The London Bike Kitchen, a DIY workshop where you can take care of your own bike - Barclays Cycle Hire, Barclays Cycle Hire - London Cycling Campaign


London Cyclist Blog

Wikipedia: Cycling in London, Barclays Cycle Hire, List of cycle routes in London, London Cycling Campaign, Prudential RideLondon

Education for sustainability[edit]

London Sustainable Schools Forum

Environment quality[edit]

Breath London, South East London - Clean Air in London - Love Clean Air, South London air quality - #londonschoking

Ethical consumerism[edit]

Fairtrade London

Free stuff[edit]

Free London, Londonist - - More London Free Festival


wikipedia:List of markets in London

Open spaces[edit]

Explore South East London's Green Chain

Lea River Park

wikipedia:Parks and open spaces in London

Road safety[edit]


Stop Killing Cyclists, Facebook Discussion Group, is the direct action protest group set up after last November’s terrible spate of cyclist killings in London. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists laid down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London.
Stop The Killing is the associated group of pedestrian, cycling and environmental grass-root activists who want to eliminate Traffic Violence which includes Westminster Living Streets, Stop Killing Cyclists and the Campaign Against Climate Change. [1]

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

London Community Resource Network - Recycle for London - The Restart Project, repair, don't despair! towards a better relationship with electronics - Restarters London, Meetup


Older Womens Co-Housing

Room for Tea, a new kind of home sharing network

Maps: mapjam-2016-london

Social inclusion[edit]

London Fairness Commission - No Second Night Out - The Loneliness Lab

Sustainable livelihood[edit]

East London Green Jobs Alliance

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

Electric vehicles: Source London information about London's electric vehicle charging network

Public transport: public transport directions for London within Google Maps - Transport for London, city transport authority

Walking: Metropolitan Walkers - Walk London - Transport for London walking - Inner London Area of the Ramblers' Association - wikipedia:Walking in London

Waterways: Thames21 - London Rivers Action Plan, the River Restoration Centre - Friends of Regent's Canal

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

My Fair London, an autonomous group associated with The Equality Trust that works to promote the findings contained in The Spirit Level.

Small Works

Trees, woodland and forest[edit]

Thames Chase community forest, 9842 hectares (24,320 acres/38 square miles) located in 47 sites in London and Essex, England. Its stated aim is renew and regenerate the landscape at the edge of East London and South Essex by creating Thames Chase, the Community Forest: a varied wooded landscape for local people to influence, create, use, enjoy and cherish.

It has been managed as a community forest since 1990. The forest centre is located near Upminster and is surrounded by 56 hectares (140 acres) of new woodlands, meadows and ponds. W

Urban sustainability[edit]

Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge



May - August National Park City Launch Season London National Park City

Jul 20 - 28 Sat-Sun National Park City Festival London National Park City


Oct 27 Draft Environment Strategy - Community Engagement Event by Mayor of London


Jul 31 London Permaculture Festival


May 17 - June 8 Chelsea Fringe


Early June London Green Fair

August 26 (Bank Holiday) The Environmental Fair, Carshalton, South West London. Organised by EcoLocal with a team of volunteers, showcasing local sustainability initiatives. On average around 10,000 people attend and enjoy a range of entertainment, food and stalls

Regular events

London Green Drinks

see also Food London

News and comment[edit]

See separate article: London news


Apps for sustainability[edit]

London Bike Share Map

Citizens data initiative[edit]

Environment quality: A recent study from King’s College in London estimated that, in London alone, roughly 9,500 premature deaths each year are linked to high levels of air pollution. [2]

Blog, London data store - London's Poverty Profile

Community resources[edit]

East London Community land trust

London Community Land Trust

Community Led Housing London

Open Institute

The Open Workshop - London


London Mayor's Office and Spacehive[edit]

The London Mayor's Office has teamed up with the U.K.-based civic crowdfunding service Spacehive to support community driven initiatives throughout the city.

Local groups placing projects on the platform can apply for a pledge from the Mayor of up to £20,000 ($25,960). The "Regeneration" office (which belongs to the Greater London Authority) uses several criteria to judge the projects. Their endorsement not only gives a direct financial boost, but also makes the projects more visible and credible for other potential donors, thus attracting more and bigger donations. The city government assists in other ways as well, such as setting up meetings with key stakeholders and helping project initiators to find good consultants to maximize impact and to support delivery. The goal is to innovate with a limited amount of money, empower people to participate in developing the city, and promote citizen power and new forms of engagement.

According to the city of London's website, 57 projects have been supported in the first three rounds; with £800,000 ($1.03 million) worth of pledges made by the Mayor, leveraging more than £900,000 ($1.16 million) of crowdfunding match from more than 6,000 backers. Campaigns backed by the Mayor had a 95 percent success rate, compared to a 47 percent average success rate for those that did not get such support.

Initial evaluation has revealed significant social impact. Local groups delivering projects have cited increased civic pride, skill development, new community bonds and improved knowledge of the planning and development process as consequences of the program. [3]

Learn more from:

Civic Crowdfunding Programme (Spacehive)

Other links[edit]

Crowdfund London


Charge point map, Source London - Find your nearest fountain - London Neighbourhood Forums, February 2013 (PDF) - Mapping for Change - OpenEcoMaps uses OpenStreetMap - Staying 'Cool' in the City

Cycling: Central London Grid

Education: London Sustainable Schools Map

Environment quality: How polluted is my road?

Food: London Community Food Map

Open spaces:

How green is London? These 34 maps have the answer

Trees, woodland and forest: Map of London trees maintained by local authorities

Walking: #walklondon



University of Greenwich sustainability blog


more video: Highlights from the Urban Green Fair 2010 - Greenfest 2010, a celebration of cycling and environmental stuff, 2 Aug 2010 - Ed Fordham at Camden Green Fair 2008


See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: London

External links[edit]



This page includes Creative Commons Licensed content from the Sustainable community action wiki on Wikia.
The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.

  1. Press release, November 16, 2014
  2. Yale Environment 360
  3. Shareable