Sue Riddlestone is Chief Executive of BioRegional which she co-founded in 1994. BioRegional works with partners to co-create better ways to live within the natural limits of our planet. It builds sustainable communities and develops sustainable businesses, products and services. BioRegional’s teams across the world have one aim: to enable people everywhere to live a high quality of life within their fair share of the earth’s resources. This approach is called One Planet Living.
Sue was one of the driving forces behind BedZED eco-village in south London, which is BioRegional’s home remains the prototype One Planet Community, inspiring low carbon neighbourhoods around the world. The ten One Planet Living principles grew out of their experience as partners in getting BedZED financed, designed and built.
A social entrepreneur at heart, Sue and co-founder Pooran Desai have established a number of spin-out companies. BioRegional MiniMills is cleantech company developing technology to process waste to produce renewable energy and the Laundry was the first kerbside recycling scheme for SMEs in central London.
In 2005, BioRegional worked with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid team to write the sustainability strategy for the bid. After London won the Games, Sue and the BioRegional team subsequently worked on delivery; from carbon footprint through on-site sustainability support to running the One Panet sustainability exhibition in the athletes’ village. Sue was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list by the Queen for services to sustainable business and to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.