Nicole Lazarus

Head of One Planet Living

Nicole leads a growing programme of activities across Oxfordshire and around the Bicester Eco Town

In her 21st year at Bioregional, Nicole represents Bioregional in the Oxfordshire area and leads a small team of sustainability experts in our satellite office in Bicester.

Bioregional Oxfordshire has a diverse range of experience, from developing community energy schemes through to creating strategic visions for sustainable communities, counties and towns.  

Nicole’s team is currently mapping existing sustainability activities across Oxfordshire using the One Planet Living framework. The aim is to create a cross- sector partnership to make truly sustainable living a reality in the county.

Nicole is a board member for the Oxfutures programme, an ambitious three-year venture to drive low-carbon economic development across Oxfordshire. Bioregional Oxford is a delivery partner for this programme, which is led by the Low Carbon Hub.

As part of this, in collaboration with Cherwell District Council, Bioregional is developing Oxfordshire GreenTech, a forum for businesses and social enterprises to collaborate and create the zero-carbon future we need.

Nicole has also led on our work with NW Bicester, the UK’s first eco-town, supporting its sustainability strategy, implementation and monitoring.

Alongside this, Nicole and her team also supported Eco-Bicester, a programme with Cherwell District Council, which was designed to ensure that the benefits from NW Bicester were felt across the existing town.

As part of this, she has helped secure  funding for a number of successful research and development bids, including for cutting edge climate change adaption work and smart grid technologies. She is Co-Director of the Eco Bicester Living Lab, a joint research initiative with the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes.

Nicole comes from a civil engineering background and joined Bioregional in 1997. She led the Zero Energy Development (ZED) programme at Bioregional throughout the development of the BedZED eco-village. .

She was previously Technical Director of the One Planet Communities Programme, responsible for ecological footprinting, sustainability action plans, and waste, carbon and energy advice for the communities we work with around the world.  

Nicole is listed in Building Magazine’s Top 50 rising stars of sustainability for 2012 and was a finalist in the Outstanding Women in Construction Awards 2014.

Blog posts by Nicole Lazarus

How we’re planning a healthier, happier, greener future for Oxfordshire

Nicole Lazarus explains how One Planet Oxfordshire is bringing together Read More

How can we expand urban areas sustainably? Lessons from Bicester

Sustainable Development Goal 11 seeks make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and Read More