The places we live in matter, in terms of how easy or difficult it can be to change our lives for the better. The build environment affects behaviour – as Winston Churchill observed, “we shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.” This also applies to whole places, energy, water and waste, and transport infrastructures.

Places can be designed and run to make it easier and more pleasurable to walk, cycle, consume less energy, reduce waste, improve our diets and minimise environmental footprints. The cumulative effect of these changes on environmental footprint and quality of life are immense.