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Are ‘ecological enterprise zones’ gold dust or fool’s gold?

New York's solar empowerment zone

New York’s solar empowerment zone

This is the question posed by Infrangilis in features for New Start (the magazine for better place making), the UN Urban Gateway, and Stakeholder Forum’s Outreach magazine.

Timed to coincide with the latest round of international negotiations on climate change in Lima, we make the case that Ecological Enterprise Zones (EEZs) can contribute to new industrial industrial strategy, but only if this economic policy is intelligently designed to promote inclusive and sustainable development.


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Firms demand a level playing field for inclusive growth

bizcamp (1)We are thrilled to launch our new advocacy initiative, which aims to reverse government and public opinion that British business believe investment in higher standards of employment is bad for our economy. The launch is featured in CSRwirePeople Management Magazine, Sustainable Brands, and The Scotsman. A first wave of signatories includes decent and profitable businesses from all corners of the economy, ranging from financial services (Unity Trust Bank), construction and energy (Newform Energy), through to food and health (Suma Wholefoods), management consulting (Carbon Free Group), and retail (Unicorn Grocery). It is free for companies to sign up to the campaign. Join the debate on Twitter at @Infrangilis_ltd #BizCampaign4DecentJobs.


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Local water

local water coverThe launch of our latest research collaboration with the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) on a green urban economy was hosted by Oxford City Council in July. Local Water set outs the challenge and the prize for cities of local water stewardship in terms of protecting vulnerable communities from extreme weather, more cost effective frontline services, and boosting economic growth by commercially exploiting water technologies. The study shows how cities can adopt an integrated approach to manage water as a local resource and also makes a call on government to help cities do even more. The publication is available to order directly from APSE.


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Lobbying for good

Monaghan_coverOur new book co-authored with Up the Ethics shows how business advocacy and public policy intervention can accelerate the delivery of a sustainable economy. Drawing upon examples from Alliance Boots, Aviva, Maersk Line, and Unilever, it describes the strategic opportunity to get on board the next wave of CSR and explains how finely-tuned Lobbying for Good can be an extremely cost-effective brand-enhancement tool. Released on 30th May 2014, the book is now available to order. To mark the release, a series of articles are featured by Sustainable Brands and CSRwire.


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Medellin’s success story

It was a privilege for Infrangilis to be part of a Living Lab tour of Medellin in Columbia, to witness the amazing regeneration of the city based on a place-based approach involving participatory planning, social inclusion and access. We visited Central America during April to participate in the World Urban Forum, as a special advisor to UN-Habitat and UNEP.

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