7 Safe Sustainability Sources


7 Safe Sustainability Sources


The majority of Britons obtain their news from major media outlets, to obtain a more rounded understanding of sustainability and environmental issues it is useful to consider multiple sources. Accordingly, I have shortlisted seven of the best online sustainability news sources to brighten the commute to work.



Celebrating its 20th birthday next year, Grist is perhaps one of the most established sources of sustainability and environmental news. The content Grist's' journalists produce is informative, relative and current; often with a pragmatic optimism and touch of humour. Although the content is often focused on US news and events, the website is an excellent starting point for interesting news.



350.org is an international environmental organisation, which conceptualises and supports environmental initiatives. In addition to providing information on current campaigns, and moreover how you as an individual can get involved, 350.org also provides up to date sustainability news and information. The website is supported by numerous high profile sustainability leaders including Naomi Klein who is on the Board of Directors.



Edie is a UK based website providing up to date news on an array of sustainability and energy topics. Edie is situated more at the professional end of the sustainability news sources, with its target audience being sustainability and energy professionals which is reflected in the content of the articles.


Business Green

Business Green is one of the leading sources of information for the green economy in the UK. Although a subscription is required to access all of the content, the quality of content and frequency of articles is excellent, as are the variety of subjects discussed.


Climate Progress

Climate progress, like Grist is somewhat US-centric and heavily politicised, however as the US remains the international hegemonic power the articles are still interesting and relevant. With multiple new daily articles and a high quality level of journalism, it is certainly worth a scan on the commute to work.


Skeptical Science 

Skeptical Science is a not for profit organisation that explains peer-reviewed articles regarding climate change. The website also critically examines arguments refuting anthropogenic climate change, providing counter arguments supported by scientific data. The website includes regular updates of the latest climate journals and current phenomena.


Planet Ark

Planet Ark is an Australian not for profit organisation focused on creating environmental behavioural change through campaigns, engaging and partnering with stakeholders, creating blogs and providing up to date news. The website is less concerned with politics and more about pragmatic and innovative solutions.

GarethI joined Mattinson Partnership in the autumn of 2015, with a keen curiosity in sustainability having graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a BA in Geography. I have a genuine interest in the industry and I am motivated by finding the best professionals and partnering them with the array of leading organisations that I support. When I'm not in the office I enjoy surfing, skiing and downhill mountain biking.




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London Wildlife Trust.

We are proud partners of The London Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting the wildlife and wild spaces of London by driving environmental projects throughout the city. Our team often get involved at ground level in Wild Workdays by helping to maintain and restore treasured spaces and land… we love to get our hands dirty! We also run multiple interactive workshops, providing their conservation trainees with invaluable career advice and insights into the environmental sector to prepare them for employment. Most recently, we worked with young people taking part in their Keeping it Wild programme, which engages young people from backgrounds currently under-represented in nature conservation.

Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

Carbon Footprint.

Carbon FootprintTM works to help organisations offset their CO2 through tree planting and community projects worldwide. By partnering with Carbon FootprintTM, we have planted native trees and shrubs such as Whitebeam, Hazel, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Beech, Blackthorn, Holly and Dog Rose to create a Mattinson Forest that spreads across South East England. Carbon FootprintTM work in conjunction with the Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSM-Redd Project), designed to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest. So, for every tree we plant in the UK we guarantee a tonne of CO₂ offset in Brazil too. Carbon FootprintTM have allowed us to not only do our bit for the environment but also commemorate moments of growth for our clients and candidates.