Brook Lyndhurst is an independent research and strategy consultancy. We work on projects that are concerned with understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable development. Since coming into being in 1999 we have worked for clients through the UK that share our commitment to the need to build a more sustainable society; and who understand, too, that the practical steps by which this can be achieved need to be based on robust evidence, creative insight and bold vision.
Whilst retaining our core belief in the importance of sustainability, our work has both shaped, and evolved to reflect, emerging priorities. Broadly, our work falls into one of six key areas – climate change; communities; business and sustainability; waste and resources; food; and sustainable lifestyles. (For an example of our experience and expertise on food, a brochure is available for download in the centre column). Across these areas we synthesise economic, social and environmental analysis. We retain the view that significant changes in individual, organisational and governmental behaviour are needed to bring about a more sustainable society, and much of our work is concerned with ‘behaviour change’.
Reflecting the breadth and complexity of the issues we tackle, our team is an eclectic mix. We have backgrounds in economics, anthropology, geography, international development, environmental science, social studies, journalism, market research, the Middle East, philosophy, political science and history. This variety means that our meetings are rarely dull, our thinking is rigorously tested and our analysis is invariably challenging.
Describing our approach in a blurb such as this is tricky, however, so rather than attempt a single, succinct adjective, or blather on about our ethical procurement policy or our flexible working patterns, we threw all the things we think apply to Brook Lyndhurst and ran it through Wordle. The resulting image, below, is as good an idea of what Brook Lyndhurst is about as you’re likely to get.
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This blog was originally written by Brook Lyndhurst for The Guardian Sustainable Business portal. It can be found in its original location here: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/food-waste-eating-out-restaurants In a recent survey most people identified chips as the food they left uneaten and many saw salad garnishes as purely ornamental Photograph: Alamy Q. How many people leave food at the end [...]
On Tuesday I spoke at the Westminster Forum event entitled: “Reducing and managing waste: implementing the Waste Prevention Programme and moving towards a ‘zero waste’ economy”. With five minutes to speak, I thought I’d say five things. I decided to make my remarks from a demand side perspective, drawing on a mix of Brook Lyndhurst’s [...]
I’ve just come back from researching energy in New Zealand. It turns out there are some pretty fundamental differences in the production and consumption of energy between the UK and New Zealand. Below are a few examples and accompanying observations and anecdotes regarding possible reasons why this might be the case. At the end I’ll [...]