The SSW Legacy
Pre-November 2012 SustNav was known as Sustainability South West (SSW). Between 2000 and 2010, before the English regions were 'dismantled', SSW was the South West's official 'Champion Body' for sustainable development. Download our 1998-2009 Decadal Review to find out more about what we achieved in our Champion Body role.
SSW's history and legacy
SSW began in 1998 as The South West Round Table for Sustainable Development, an independent regional forum for sustainability issues. In 2000 the Round Table became 'Sustainability South West' - the regional Champion Body for sustainable development. The new organisation supported an active membership of 25 individuals from a wide range of sectors (who volunteered their time for free) and a small staff team.
SSW's first task was to coordinate the Regional Sustainable Development Framework (RSDF). The RSDF, based on ten sustainability principles, was launched with wide endorsements in 2001. The RSDF was relaunched online in 2007 as the 'Sustainability Shaper', rebranding in 2010 as SustNav (now adopted as the name of our charity). Whilst 'regions' are no longer recognised politically, we continue to use the RSDF's tried-and-tested principles as the basis for all our guidance, training, assessments, projects and communications.
SSW worked with its members to map out the key sustainability issues and challenges for the South West and developed position statements on some big sustainability issues. Archived legacy documents capturing these two strands of work can be downloaded below:
Key sustainability challenges for the South West - last updated 2010
A selection of SSW position statements - see document for the date of individual statements
As SSW we developed our current carbon campaign Fair Shares, Fair Choice (chosen by the Sustainable Development Commission as one of the 'breakthroughs of the twenty-first century') and also developed campaigns/awards around issues such as sustainable packaging and low carbon business. Through the years we partnered with a range of sectors on flagship projects including construction, education and tourism (you can find out about our project legacy in the 1998-2009 Decadal Review).