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Building Sustainable Communities Action Research Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes – South Midlands – MK

Action-research group:

Nicky Flanagan, Hazeley School
Liz Underwood, Leon School and Sports College
Stephen Pickard, Bishop Stopford School, Kettering
Mathew Morgan, Royal Latin School, Buckingham
Vicki Hull, Ousedale School, Newport Pagnell
Rosemary Clark, Global Education-MK
Carlton Roberts-James, CREATE:MKSM

Initial ideas

Nicky – sequencing for urban expansion
Liz – evaluate the location of MK Dons’ new stadium and surrounding commercial opportunities
Stephen – the impact and opportunity of warehousing in M1 corridor
Mathew – is MK an example of a sustainable city?
Vicki – waste management (with global links) and housing choices


‘Photographs as Fieldwork – Is Milton Keynes a Sustainable City?’

Matthew and Nikki took photographs – a virtual field visit – for pupils to explore the eight components using a proforma. The pupils’ responses to places they knew, or didn’t, were interesting.

Report: Assessing Sustainability Through Fieldwork


Information Sheet: Egan Wheel

Information Sheet: A Sustainable Community Is…

Photograph Proforma

‘Environmentally Sensitive Communities’

Vicki describes how she stimulated learners to generate ideas for an environment action plan for their school community. It gained the attention of the Head of Year responsible for the school forum and the ideas were duly presented. A lesson in participation and engagement, they can now see if actions speak louder…

Report: Environmentally Sensitive Communities

Resource 1: Establishing an understanding of a sustainable community

Resource 3: Guide to writing a school environment action plan

Example of Student Work: My school environment plan

‘Sustainable Living’

Liz provides an account of learners’ matching descriptions with terms and creating a cube to use as a discussion tool to consider as many aspects to communities as possible.

Report: Sustainable Living

Sustainability Dice

Regional context

Milton Keynes is in the South East England region but MK-South Midlands as a sub-region covers part of three regions. Milton Keynes Council provides a huge range of data.

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This project was run in partnership with the Academy for Sustainable Communities which has since become the Skills and Knowledge team at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and in association with the local architecture centres which are members of the Architecture Centre Network.

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