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Tackling Plastic NI

In 2017 Sustainable Northern Ireland teamed up with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to deliver a project that aimed to tackle the problem of pointless plastic, by encouraging businesses, schools, councils and citizens to make simple changes to reduce consumption of single use plastic in Northern Ireland.

As part of the initiative we established a Tackling Plastic NI working group whereby local councils worked collaboratively with central government to change policies and practices in order to reduce consumption of single use plastic. Sustainable Northern Ireland supported the group by facilitating meetings and developing policy guidance, resources and sharing best practice to help accelerate the removal of single use plastic from the public sector estate.

Social Value Toolkit

Image result for social valueSustainable NI has created a Social Value Toolkit to help councils and public sector organisations in Northern Ireland embed social value principles into their procurement approaches, ahead of any future legislation in this area.

Social Value is a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis. It does this by generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, and the environment.

Places for People

Sustainable NI has created a publication,  Places for People – a sustainable planning guide for councillors to support elected representatives in their consideration of land-use planning issues. With an introductory chapter tailored to each of the eleven councils, the guide goes on to examine eleven sustainability themes, illustrating good practice from each new council district.   

Its aim is to inspire and enthuse, to spotlight some of the wonderful natural and built heritage assets that are to be found in every district throughout this region, and to support councillors in the delivery of their new responsibilities. 

Belfast Food Network

In 2014, Sustainable NI secured a three-year funding commitment from the Soil Association and Belfast City Council to develop a project that would promote sustainable food in Belfast. In a wide-ranging collaboration with over fifty other organisations, the Belfast Food Network has worked tirelessly to achieve that aim.

In March 2016, we reached our goal, securing Sustainable Food City status for Belfast; the award reflects the plethora of projects and activities taking place across the city, covering six wide-ranging sustainability issues.