The Council's approach to sustainability

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The term 'sustainability' recognises that our economy, social well-being and environment are interdependent and progress in one area must not compromise progress in another. Healthy communities require a strong economy, and strong environmental conditions are essential for health and well-being  and economic prosperity. The aim of sustainable development is therefore to find ways to pursue each goal whilst supporting each of the others. 

St Albans City and District Council is committed to sustainable development and is working hard to make sure that we embed these principles into all aspects of the Council activities. We aim to demonstrate strong performance in managing our own environmental impacts and leadership in influencing others to do the same.  

In this section

energy Energy and emissions

Reducing the amount of energy used in Council buildings and reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions. Download the latest Greenhouse Gas Report

recycling-symbol Waste and recycling

Reducing the amount of waste our organisation sends to landfill

Buying Greener Sustainable procurement

Ensuring that the Council's purchasing decisions consider environmental and social factors

fairtrade town icon Fairtrade St Albans

St Albans has been officially awarded Fairtrade City Status

green bike Green travel

Reducing the impact of Council travel through our Green Travel Plan

Climate Change adaptation Climate change adaptation

Preparing for a changing climate and minimising the risks

holding earth Greener living

Find out how to create a greener lifestyle - energy and water efficiency, renewable technology, climate change and more sustainability topics.