Skoll Foundation


BioRegional Development Group

Skoll Awardee(s): Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai
Award Year: 2009
Issue Area(s) Addressed: Environmental Sustainability

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Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai founded BioRegional, based on the shared vision that environmentally sustainable living was possible for them and mainstream society if products and services were developed based on making more efficient use of local renewable and waste resources – in effect creating an economy with a more circular flow of resources and a “metabolism” similar to that of a local ecosystem.


  • In Dec. 2014, the Eco-Bicester programme run by Cherwell District Council, with Bioregional, won a prestigious European energy award after being nominated by the National Energy Foundation.
  • In Jan. 2015, Grow Community, North America’s second endorsed One Planet Community, was named as one of the ten best Urban Agriculture projects worldwide by Urban Land Magazine. One Planet is an initiative of BioRegional.
  • They helped the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games team to realize the binding ambitions of the bid sustainability strategy Towards a One Planet Olympics with their sound expertise. Sue Riddlestone was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, for services to sustainable business and to the Games.
  • In Jan. 2014, BioRegional launched a new report on making sustainable consumption and production real.
  • Three members of BioRegional’s team were listed in top 50 sustainability roles for 2012 by influential building industry publications.
  • In Nov. 2013, BioRegional collaborated on a major report which sets out to stop billions of pounds worth of food being consigned to UK landfills.
  • In China, they established a local organization in 2009 and have applied the one-planet living approach to a suburb of 20,000 people and a sustainability centre for 100,000 visitors in Guangzhou working with China’s first and third-largest real estate developers. The project was recognized with a UN award.
  • They are changing policy and practice in the field of sustainable communities internationally. Korea is using our work as a best-practice case study, Chinese Ministers are reviewing the use of our framework, and we made a significant contribution to the planning policy statement for the U.K. government’s eco-towns, which is now being used as best practice by many governments, including Quebec, Mexico and France.
  • They are enabling organizations and individuals to use the one-planet living approach to understand and reduce their eco-footprint. Nearly 3,000 people or organizations have created an action plan to reduce their impacts after attending our events or using our online tools.



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