BS 8904:2011 Guidance for community sustainable development

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BS 8904:2011

Guidance for community sustainable development

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : December 2011



BS 8904:2011 provides a framework as recommendations and guidance that assist communities to improve their sustainability. The recommendations and guidance are intended to be applied by communities of any size, structure and type.

Structures, processes and themes are described to help to get people involved in what can be, at least initially, diffuse and disparate ideas. To provide coherence and make these elements easier to understand, this standard is based around a series of steps.

The aim is to provide clear, practical guidance to support the cost-efficient and effective organization and development of communities of all types and sizes working to sustainable development principles.

This standard aims to help users by:

  • Identifying the community it aims to serve and the possible benefits and desirable outcomes of community based sustainable development
  • Embedding sustainable development in everyday community life
  • Building confidence in processes and sustainable outcomes
  • Assessing progress, clarifying next steps and combining the principles underpinning
    sustainability with practical implementation.


  1. Introduction
  2. Scope
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Steps towards a sustainable community
  5. Annexes
  6. Annex A (informative) Sustainable Development Summits
  7. Annex B (informative) Further guidance on sustainability issues, implementation and outcomes
  8. Bibliography
  9. List of figures
  10. List of tables

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Standard NumberBS 8904:2011
TitleGuidance for community sustainable development
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 December 2011
Confirm Date01 June 2016
Cross ReferencesBS 8900:2006, BS EN 16309, Sustainable Communities Act (as amended 2010)
Amended ByCorrigendum, July 2012.
Draft Superseded By11/30209447 DC
DescriptorsManagement, Sustainable development, Sustainability, Economic development, Environmental management, Organizations, Enterprises, Commerce, People
ISBN978 0 580 78794 2
File Size1.43 MB

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