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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Oxfordshire County Council: Guide to local climate adaptation aids learning

A new UK-wide guide – Introduction to Local Climate Adaptation – has been released to bolster local climate resilience.

Mapping climate vulnerability in West Sussex

Climate change is already impacting West Sussex, and we know that it often disproportionately affects vulnerable communities. To better understand the relationship between social and climate vulnerability, WSCC partnered with the University of Brighton to develop the Climate Vulnerability Index (CVI).

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Sustainable Warwickshire Podcast

Warwickshire County Council wanted to raise awareness of climate change and biodiversity in the county. To reach a wider audience, highlight the subjects that fall under the sustainability umbrella, showcase the action being taken by people across the county and to encourage individuals to get involved, they launched the Sustainable Warwickshire podcast.

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Local Climate Adaptation Tool rolled out nationally

The Local Climate Adaptation Tool (LCAT) is a national evidence-based resource to support local decision-makers, including public sector institutions to take climate adaptation action.

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Newham Council's Just Transition Plan

Newham Council launched the UK’s first Just Transition Plan to support its local net zero targets. The plan shifts focus from a purely decarbonisation approach to a wider stance embedding core principles of increasing equity for residents and adapting to the worsening impacts of climate change.

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Empowering local action on climate change – Brent’s Together Towards Zero Community Grant

The London Borough of Brent launched a community climate action grant to empower residents to take the lead on tackling the climate emergency.

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Essex’s Make Rain Happy scheme to reduce flooding

A green infrastructure pilot scheme that uses rain gardens, swale (a shallow grassy drainage channel for water to run through), tree planting, and over 1,300 plants has helped to reduce surface water flooding on a residential street in Essex.

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Schools Healthy Commutes Project in Westminster

The Schools Healthy Commutes project initiated by Westminster City Council is a proactive response to the prevalent issue of traffic congestion and pollution during peak school hours.

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Air Quality Data Platform in Westminster

Aligned with the Fairer Westminster Strategy, the council is committed to sharing accessible and transparent data to all residents and visitors of Westminster. In July 2023, the Westminster Air Quality Data Platform was launched, illustrating the councils’ efforts to provide crucial information for informed decision-making.

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Climate Action Teachers Champions (CATCh) programme

Schools in Luton have developed climate action plans for the first time, with support from a new scheme from Luton Council.

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