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Useful Links and Resources

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Here are some useful links to sustainable community-related websites locally, nationally and internationally.

Please note that the SCNEI is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

If you would like to suggest a link for inclusion on this page, please let us know.

Local links

Voluntary Organisations Network North East

VONNE is the regional infrastructure body for the Voluntary and Community Sector in the North East of England.

Climate Change Schools Project

The Climate Change Schools Project is a ground-breaking and unique educational programme operating in North East England, which seeks to place climate change at the heart of the curriculum.


ClimateNE brings together a range of organisations committed to taking action to tackle the causes and effects of climate change in the North East of England.

National Links

Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Community Energy Online Portal

Community Energy Online (CEO) is the Community Energy Portal of the Department of Energy and Climate Change aimed at Local Authorities and community groups and provides a range of information on community energy.

Global Action Plan

Global Action Plan is the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change organisation with over 18 years experience in sustainability communications, staff engagement and training. They deliver a number of programmes for communities including Eco Teams.


EcoTeams is a programme run by Global Action Plan which supports individuals and groups to make simple changes in their lives to live smarter and greener.


Start is a new initiative to help people across the UK lead more sustainable lives and to show what a more energy efficient, cleaner and healthier future could look like.

Sustainable Communities Online

Sustainable Communities Online connects individuals and groups to resources to help them develop and deliver sustainable activities.

Low Carbon Communities Network

This network seeks to build communities and share information online. Their aim is to encourage the adoption of low carbon and zero carbon technologies and lifestyles at a community level,and to enable groups engaged in this to be as effective and efficient as possible.

Urban Forum

Urban Forum is a national charity and a membership organisation that supports communities to have a greater say over decisions that affect them.

Federation for Community Development Learning

FCDL is the UK wide membership networking organisation that supports community development through advancing and promoting good quality Community Development learning and practice at local, regional and national levels. It works to provide a network to support the development, evaluation and dissemination of good quality Community Development learning, training and qualification opportunities.

International Links


The World Wildlife Fund is an international organisation that focused on a number of key challenges including climate change and the protection of endangered species as well as sustainability, helping change the way we all live, particularly in richer developed countries like the UK.

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP is the voice for the environment in the United Nations.


A global campaigning organisation.

Earth Summit 2012

Also  referred to as the Rio+20 or the Earth Summit 2012 due to the initial conference held in Rio in 1992, the objectives of the Summit  to be held in June 2012 are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development;
to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges.

UN Rio 20+ The Future We Want

The Rio+20 sustainable development conference, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June, is expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations. This site encourages you to think about the kind of future you want.

Here are some additonal resources to help you think about sustainability issues in your community and to help you to develop your projects. These resources can be used alongside the factsheets in the Brighter Futures Together toolkit.

This sheet will help you to think about issues in your community and what a sustainable community looks like. Download What does a sustainable community look like.

This checklist will help you consider and incorporate sustainable actions into new planned project(s). Use this checklist to, wherever possible, to create more sustainable actions within your planned project. Download Creating community projects that do not cost the earth.

This sheet will help you to design and develop your project. Use it with the checklist above to ensure your planned project is as sustainable as possible. Download Project planning form.