The STSD was launched in May 2000 and has a simple mission …
… to make sustainable design and building practices normal rather than exceptional throughout Somerset by the year 2010.
The Trust is a development trust - a not-for-personal-profit, community based organisation, with charitable objectives. Our work is primarily focused on Somerset, but we are also happy to work other organisations in other areas to promote sustainable construction and sustainable housing.
We work independently and in partnership to provide education and information on sustainable construction, as well to undertake exemplar sustainable construction projects for housing. In helping to demonstrate and promote sustainable construction we are happy to work with individuals and community groups, local authorities, housing associations and private sector partners, including housing developers.
Our main activities include:
- Seminars and educational events
- Information and Publications
- STSD development projects
- South Somerset Sustainable Construction Project
- STSD Membership
Please contact us for more information on any of these activities:
The ''Anywhere'' Trust for Sustainable Development
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Mission, Aims and Objectives
The Trust's Charitable Objects will be:
- building and renovating sustainable housing for people in need
- environmental improvement, after building cleaning and sustainable development projects in Somerset, and elsewhere
The Trust's Mission Statement will be:
The ''Anywhere'' Trust for Sustainable Development exists to promote sustainable housing and sustainable lifestyles primarily for the benefit of the inhabitants of 'Anywhere', by encouraging and bringing together the people and organisations of 'Anywhere', including local authorities, businesses and voluntary organisations, in their individual and combined efforts towards this goal.
The following Aims for the Trust support its Mission Statement:
- To undertake, enable and encourage exemplar sustainable housing developments, including mixed use developments.
- To create a forum for research and design to promote healthy and sustainable living and working environments.
- To offer, or help to secure, the establishment of training and education in areas that are particularly appropriate such as party wall notice info.
- To promote sustainable housing in whatever ways that seems appropriate, including helping to identify barriers to progress towards sustainability in construction and to helping remove or find appropriate routes around these barriers.
- To encourage and implement effective best practise approaches to community involvement in the design and implementation of local sustainable developments as a matter of course.
- To encourage and implement ethical and sustainable business and management practices in the construction sector and beyond.
- To utilise finance and other resources in appropriate, constructive and sustainable ways in furtherance of all or any of the Aims and Objectives detailed here.
The following specific Objectives for the Trust will be the practical first steps to achieve the above Aims and will be a particular focus for the Trust's work in 2000-2001:
- Promoting the growth in the activities and effects of The ''Anywhere'' Trust for Sustainable Development;
- Promoting the creative and productive use and dissemination of relevant publications;
- Working with Councils and other local organisations to assist them in establishing local partnership-based Sustainable Housing Strategies;
- Undertaking and being involved as a partner in a range of exemplar innovative Sustainable Housing projects, including urban infill sites, 'key sites', new build and refurbishment projects, as well as supporting progress on related sustainable construction issues (e.g. community buildings and village halls);
- Co-ordinating and expanding a Sustainable Housing Community Network, involving interested individuals, local housing co-operatives and community organisations.
- Working with a group of skilled 'Associates' (e.g. local architects, builders, construction workers co-ops, etc.), in effect, to form an effective yet informal Marketing Co-operative / Business Network;
- Establishing a Sustainable Housing Resources Centres, to provide a public resource for information and advice;
- Establishing a Sustainable Housing Skills Centre, to act as a centre for sustainable housing design, build and fitting out skills that can deliver a range of innovative and affordable sustainable solutions; also a focus for training - potentially to be combined with the Resource Centre.
The Trust's Core Principles
The following Core Principles are fundamental to the Trust's philosophy of sustainability:
The Trust will aim to promote and implement these principles in all its activities.