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Plan Vivo

What is Plan Vivo?

Plan Vivo is a registered Scottish charity which has created a set of requirements for smallholders and communities wishing to manage their land more sustainably. Plan Vivo has developed the Plan Vivo Standard, which is a framework for Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes for rural smallholders and communities dependent on natural resources for livelihoods.  

Going Viral: How Your Project Can Engage Thousands Online

What do the best public engagement projects have in common? Not all projects attract huge numbers of participants online, but it turns out that the ones that do all share some common characteristics. After reviewing hundreds of municipal, MPO, DOT and TPO projects, we have compiled a set of best practices as a guide for your next project.

The Aquaponics Solution

"Our current industrial food system is unsustainable. Demand for food continues to grow while soil erosion, groundwater depletion and climate change are constricting supply. In addition, intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, water, fossil fuels, and genetic engineering are eroding human, community, and environmental health. The rise of local, sustainable food systems present solutions to many of these problems, but these approaches are unable to consistently provide quality food on an annual basis.

Sustainable Cities: Governing for Urban Innovation

Interest in the sustainable city is growing around the world and with it come important questions about governing sustainable urban development. Why are there blockages to achieving the goal of a sustainable city? How is it possible to overcome the practical difficulties that initiatives often face? And how can an increasingly technocratic focus be rebalanced with more of a public perspective? In this wide-ranging text, Pando colleague Simon Joss examines mainstream policy and practice and looks at the approaches that can overcome some of their drawbacks. 

Inspiring climate action: what works, what doesn’t

The question of what works – and what doesn’t – for motivating people to take action on climate change is tackled head-on in a new PICS report produced by UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP). The Special Report: A Synthesis of PICS-Funded Social Mobilization Research was formerly launched on May 15 at the Renewable Cities Forum in Vancouver, attracting media attention including Global TV BC news, and the Globe and Mail. 

CPCS Initiative Summary paper: “Recalibrating Our ‘Moral Compasses’: to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny” (82 pages; June, 2015)

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research for critical challenge alerts, and support for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.
The CPCS Initiative is now making accessible an 82 page paper which summarizes work by its predecessor [The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (from 2001-2013)]—and work by The CPCS Initiative since its inception in 2013.

Routledge Sustainability Blog

View the latest Routledge Sustainability blog posts or browse an archive of previous entries. Each entry will also be posted within Facebook and open to comments so please feel free to join in with the conversation here.

Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation: Examining a model for long-term housing affordability

This case study examines the Vancouver Community Land Trust Foundation (Land Trust), a project being implemented in Vancouver, BC by a consortium of non-profit organizations, social finance institutions and the municipal government. The case study was created in order to describe and examine the Land Trust as a potential model for providing long-term affordable housing without senior government funding or ongoing operating subsidies.

“Talking of citizenship … ”

“Talking of citizenship … ” Exploring the contribution an intergenerational, participatory learning project can make to the promotion of active citizenship in sustainable communities

Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, and its publisher Taylor & Francis, have partnered with Pando to feature select article abstracts.  Click here to find links to the full article.

UGEC VIEWPOINTS: Climate Injustice and Cities (Part 1)

Climate injustice refers to the uneven contribution to and effects of climate change. It is often said that those that have contributed the least to the problem are affected the most. This is not only in reference to the developed versus developing world slip, but also to the within and among sub-national units. This article examines the role of urbanization and cities in climate injustice. Because the world’s demographic destiny is urban are we also automatically locked-into a world of climate injustice?

Energy Renovation: The Trump Card for the New Start for Europe

Energy renovation is instrumental for reaching the EU 2020 goals. It has implications for growth and jobs, energy and climate and cohesion policies. Renovating existing buildings is a "win-win" option for the EU economy. In 2011, specialised construction activities that include renovation work and energy retrofits employed three times as many people as energy supply to meet the needs of buildings for the same value added.

Governing Urban Sustainability Transitions – Inspiring examples

"In the context of sustainability transitions, the main focus has been on transitions in sectors, such as mobility, agriculture or most prominently energy. Only lately a focus on cities and communities is surging, to which this dossier is a witness. With this focus on cities and communities a number of questions arise, e.g. How can communities confront the persistent problems our societies are facing? How can they contribute to fundamental change? How can we understand their potential to transform themselves (community transformation) to become more sustainable?

Over 500 New City Actions Featured on UN Climate Ambition Portal

Commitment to Climate Action Underlines Growing Support for New Paris Global Climate Agreement

Over 500 new city actions, showcasing a wealth of inspiring climate action, are being featured on a UN-hosted website, with the aim of building momentum for the upcoming global climate agreement in Paris.
Actions and targets, communicated by cities ranging from Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro to Yokohama, range from increases in energy efficiency and deployment of renewables to green procurement and adaptation action. 

MetroQuest: The Guide to Effective Online Engagement


  • Engage Thousands – Tired of getting input from the same ten people at public meetings? When using online community engagement, it’s common to have 1,000 to 10,000+ participants.
  • Gain Insight – Digital tools provide thought provoking and visual content to educate the public and collect informed input quickly.
  • Build Community Support – By getting meaningful input from a large portion of the community, you’ll be building a healthy relationship with the public.


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