Sustainable Southampton

Community initiatives
Dangerous Ideas Southampton is about creative social change in our city.  ‘We are a small piece of Southampton’s big jigsaw, working towards a fairer, more sustainable and more vibrant Southampton.’

Transition Southampton aims to inspire a happier, healthier and greener Southampton. They produce the Southampton Sustainable Living Guide which has recently been updated. It is divided into different sections: introduction; energy saving; water saving; resources; transport; food & gardening; green money; sustainability map. Alternatively, the whole guide can be found here (3MB). (Click on each link to view and download the pdfs).

Aldermoor Community Farm ‘is a co-operative business created in July 2013 in order to bring a community farm into existence. We have a 1-acre site on the edge of Southampton where we are designing a sustainable small-holding. It is run as a community farm for community cohesion, therapeutic activity and education about permaculture.’

Down To Earth Community Farm is set in the heart of Southampton. It aims to offer people the opportunity to interact with animals and the natural environment in a farm setting. We are based on a 5 acre site made up of a farm, woodland area, allotment garden, pond, and a fully equipped building suitable for a range of indoor activities.

The Art House  ‘Your one and only creatively inspired, community run, organic, love-filled, not-for-profit, quirky, wonky, homegrown, 100% original, local cafe/gallery/venue/home from home in Southampton.

October Books on Portswood Road in Southampton, is a not-for-profit co-operative radical neighbourhood bookshop.

Green Action Southampton – students at the University of Southampton who raise awareness of environmental issues

Southampton Cycling Campaign ‘Our aim is to improve the lives of cyclists in and around Southampton for reasons of health, environment, economy, convenience and pleasure.’

Books for free Southampton

Southampton Repair Cafe (1st Sat of every month, except January)

Southampton Freecycle Group

Other local groups and organisations related to sustainability can be found on the Southampton Sustainability Directory

Local government & business initiatives
Southampton Low Carbon City 2011-2020: Strategy; the facts. From the Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS) project website. ‘The GRaBS project is a network of leading pan-European organisations involved in integrating climate change adaptation into regional planning and development.’

Future SolentGenerating Business Growth and New Sustainable Jobs from a Low Carbon Economy

Southampton City Council is also a member of the  Leadership for Energy Action and Planning (LEAP) project.

Southampton City Council Thornhill District Energy Scheme

Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) – Energy and the green economy