With Cop26 approaching, described by America's climate envoy John Kerry as the "last best hope for the world to get its act together", we’re dedicating this newsletter to climate and sustainability.
The summit will see world leaders set new national targets – known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – for the cutting of greenhouse gas emissions. Originally scheduled for 2020, the event was pushed back to this year because of the pandemic. Starting on 31st October in Glasgow, Cop26 will take place over two weeks.
In Lewes, Depot will be hosting its Climate Action! Festival, including special events with the Lewes Climate Hub. Human Nature Founder and CEO Jonathan Smales will be joining a talk on 2nd November between 3-5pm, entitled Housing for the Future – we’d be delighted to see you down there.
We believe that there are few more palpable ways to grow a positive movement for a better future than brilliant placemaking. With the Phoenix Project, our ambition is to build one of Europe’s most sustainable housing developments, not only providing a remarkable place to live and visit but creating a blueprint for better living.
We plan our schemes by reference to an innovative sustainability framework called a ‘Circle of Impact.’ This circle sets out the ten ways the Phoenix can achieve cuts in carbon and otherwise have a regenerative, net positive, impact on the ecosystem in and around Lewes and the South Downs. It goes well beyond green building to look at energy, ester and waste infrastructures, the mix of community and commercial facilities and services and ways in which this new place can support people in choosing to live more sustainably.
Join us at the Foundry Gallery
If you’d like to learn more about our plans, we’re reopening the Foundry Gallery on Thursday 28th October from 4-8pm and Saturday 30th October from 11-3pm to showcase the main elements of the display from the Phoenix Project Design Festival. The boards from the exhibition can also be viewed online here.
We’ve also added two more answers to our FAQ document – revealing more about how the neighbourhood will look and how we’ll be making it accessible. We’re still working through your feedback and will be presenting our findings soon.