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At UrbanEmerge, three guiding principles define our work and our vision of sustainable development:

Inclusive | access + good governance + agency

In a globalised world of growing inequalities, the consideration and inclusion of all is crucial for sustainable economic development. Even access to products and services is essential. Governance processes must ensure that the perspectives of all stakeholders are included in strategies and decisions. Equitable collective impact can be achieved when agency is shared by all.


Ecological | climate + ecology + waste

Environmental sustainability debates have importantly focused on climate change. We believe that two additional considerations are vital when working towards sustainable development: the impact on the ecological relations of our environment and the management of the waste that we generate and process.


Circular | design + process + behaviour

Circular economies are designed and managed to reduce virgin output by keeping materials in use beyond their conventional end-of-life through innovative forms of recycling and re-using. Genuine sustainable development yields processes that generate products and services with continuous lifecycles.

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