Outcomes Matrix - Conservation of the natural environment

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Understands the importance of and reduces personal impact on the natural environment

  • Understands the importance of the natural environment and the concept of sustainability
    - Has access to accurate and comprehensible information - Has improved knowledge and understanding of conservation and biodiversity - Has improved knowledge and understanding of climate change
  • Reduced personal impact on the environment
    • Older people
    - Increase in energy savings - Increase in recycling - Reduction in waste and water usage - Increase in use of sustainable transport options - Is engaged with efforts to minimise their carbon footprint
  • Increased local sourcing
    • Homeless
    • Older people
    - Has access to and uses local produce - “‘Grows their Own” produce

Accesses and enjoys the natural environment and heritage

  • Improved access to and enjoyment of the natural environment (e.g. going for walks, visiting national parks etc.)
    • Addiction issues
    • Children
    • Disabled (learning)
    • Disabled (physical)
    • Ex-offenders
    • Homeless
    • Long-term health conditions
    • Mental health needs
    • Older people
    • Parents
    • Victims of crime
    • Young people
    - Has access to and has visited a natural or conserved space within the past 12 months - Finds pleasure in contact with the natural environment


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Sustainable buildings and transport

  • Sustainable Transport
    - Availability of sustainable transport options - Improvements to sustainable transport options (e.g. improved cycle lanes, public transport) - Uptake of sustainable transport options - Percentage of the population walking, cycling, using public transport - Reduction in levels of unsustainable company and personal travel (e.g. air miles, car miles) - Related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Core environmental focus areas for building management of green buildings
    - Reductions in energy use and onsite energy generation - Percentage of building needs serviced by natural light and natural ventilation - Volume of water consumed, recycled on site - Volume of waste produced, recycled (proportion) - Related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and pollution
  • Construction and renovation of buildings with an environmental purpose
    - Number of units built/renovated to high environmental standards (using e.g. BREEAM measures) - Value and built area of units built/renovated to environmental standards - Related reductions in lifetime greenhouse gas emissions (of projects/buildings) - Use of environmentally responsible construction techniques (relating e.g. to use and sourcing of materials, energy consumption, site waste) - Area of brownfield or previously contaminated land reused - Populations of species of plants/animals conserved

Recycling, waste and sustainable water use

  • Reduction in harmful waste and pollution
    - Reductions in: O SO, NO, PM etc., ozone depletors O toxic and chemical emissions to water, soil (type and volume) O incidence of hazardous waste, spills - Volume of harmful waste responsibly disposed of - Remediation of environmental damage from pollution 
  • Improvements in general waste and recycling
    - Reduced waste (e.g. percent recycled, percent re-used, percent donated, amount going to landfill) - Consumption of materials (e.g. amount of materials used, proportion of input materials from recycled/re-used sources)
  • Improved water use and efficiency
    - Volume of water consumed - Volume of water recycled - Volume of rainwater harvested - Volume of water saved through efficiency schemes
  • Improved disposal of wastewater
    - Volume of wastewater discharged to sewer or other water bodies (if applicable) - Impact on locality (measures of local pollution levels and consequences) 

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Organic farming
    - Volume of organic produce - Area of land farmed sustainably - Associated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and environmental damage (reductions in use of fertilizer, mitigation of soil erosion) - Number of organizations achieving recognized standards for sustainable agriculture
  • Locally grown food
    • Homeless
    • Older people
    - Availability of farmer’s markets - Availability of locally sourced food in shops

Sustainable energy

  • Increased generation of renewable energy
    - MWh of renewable energy generated - Reduction in related greenhouse gas emissions - Sale of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) - Retirement of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) - Lifetime greenhouse gas emissions (of project, installation, product)
  • Increased efficiency of energy use
    - Amount of energy saved through energy efficiency improvements - Related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

Public and corporate policy and expenditure that supports the natural environment

  • Improvements in policy and legislation
    - Changes in policy and legislation that support improvements in sustainability and the conservation of the natural environment - Changes to regulation (e.g. introduced to improve energy efficiency ) - Level of relevant parliamentary activity (e.g. white papers published, committees formed, consultations or reviews conducted, citations made)
  • Improved investment, expenditure and procurement
    - Government investment in sustainability and the conservation of the natural environment - Government expenditure/funding for sustainability measures and the conservation of the natural environment - Procurement practices and public sector contracts that are designed to protect the natural environment (e.g. contracts that enable social enterprises and smaller SMEs to bid, outcomes-aligned contracts) - Corporate inves

Strong public awareness of and engagement with the natural environment, and good sectoral understanding as to how to sustain it

  • Improved sectoral understanding as to how to tackle the problems presented by threats to the natural environment, and how best to sustain it
    - Research and evidence relating to the problem and interventions (e.g. studies conducted, papers published) - Innovation of new ideas, technologies and approaches - Uptake of new ideas by other organisations or government - Retirement of previous methods shown by research to be ineffective - Funding for research - Support for the sector through quality umbrella bodies
  • Improved public engagement
    - Institutional and organisational engagement with stakeholders over issues related to sustainability and the conservation of the natural environment - Public volunteering on projects and initiatives - Public levels of engagement with sustainable behaviours (e.g. energy saving, recycling, water usage, transport)
  • Improved public awareness
    - General availability of accurate and comprehensible information - Level of media exposure associated with conservation of the natural environment (e.g. number of articles published on the subject in mainstream media; exposure on tv, radio; internet traffic) - Level of public awareness about the causes and consequences of the problem - Public events, rallying, campaigning - Public donations to related charities - Change in public perception and improvements to any underlying prejudices - Number of school visits to conserved space - Number of educational programs run

Conservation of Natural Spaces

  • Conservation of natural spaces, natural heritage and biodiversity
    • Older people
    - Area of natural space or heritage (e.g. habitats, forests, water bodies, coastlines) conserved - Area of natural space or heritage restored or created (e.g. derelict or brownfield sites converted) - Number of trees planted - Population numbers (changes) of wildlife/plant species - Levels of biodiversity - Air quality measures (relating to diminished environmental risk) - Number of visitors to conserved spaces - Cost of entry to national parks

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