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Building Our Knowledge

Eco Island will apply the best learning from the economic and social sciences, as well as the best of new and old technologies and approaches. This part of Eco Island will illustrate some of the work that is going on or has been achieved in environmental and social change.

A number of reports and strategies that have a specific bearing on the environmental sustainability of the Island are available at the Reports and Strategies page of this website, which can be reached by clicking here.

There is also a major change taking place in the relationship between the Public Sector and the Voluntary, Community and Not for Profit sectors. A new approach to growing the proportion of sustainable local public services delivered by the third sector has resulted in a new and innovative approach to grant-funding on the Isle of Wight. The webpage that reports on this new approach can be found by clicking here.

Eco Island and Southampton University

The University of Southampton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Isle of Wight Council and the Island Strategic Partnership. This provides the strategic framework for a programme of close working on a range of projects, which all focus on improving the Island’s sustainability. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at a ceremony at the University on 15 May 2008 and be found by clicking here.


Many of the University’s different Schools with interests in the Island's economic, social and environmental future, will feature in the joint programme of work.

For example, the University's National Oceanography Centre will be involved in the joint working and their website can be found by clicking here. The Centre also involves young people and schools through educational programmes, more information on this can be found by clicking here.

Links to more information about Southampton University's involvement in Eco Island will be posted here as the project develops.

Carbon reduction case studies 

Several parishes around the Island will be taking part in sustainability projects during 2008-2011. Some have already taken advantage of new technologies to play their part ion reducing their ecological footprint.

Click on the lines below to see some downloadable case studies about:

Solar electric panels at the Brading Centre;

Ground source heating at Shorwell Village Hall;

Air source heating at St Lawrence Village Hall;

Solar thermal heating at Yarmouth Harbour offices.

Piloting our new local grant funding approach for the third sector

A new strategy for ensuring a thriving and sustainable third sector has been agreed by the IW Council, the IW NHS and the Rural Community Council. A number of new approaches to supporting and sustaining the third sector are being implemented. The highest profile change is a new and more transparent approach to local grant funding and the commissioning of local public services.

Our objective is to create a transparent commissioning and funding process that ensures that a greater range of third sector organisations are able to bid to deliver services that create the potential for innovation and the transformation of public services into truly locally geared services.

We have created a web page that  will report on progress and share the main tools and processes that are created as the pilot grant-funding scheme is rolled out. The web page will be regularly updated and can be found by clicking here.


If you would like to comment on Eco Island or would like more information, please email  or visit the Eco Island contacts page.

Last Updated: 17/06/2009 13:06:27