Designing a lower carbon Scotland
A blog post by Claire Herbst
- Collaboration is key to becoming a climate literate nation
- More work to be done for a litter free Scotland
- A decade and a half of environmental legislation
- It's never too early to learn about the climate emergency
- Our strategy to inspire action for our environment
- FARE Lochend - Where good news is standard
- Glashieburn's LEAF journey
- An Interview with Travel Influencer Chris Lawlor
- Climate action with hope and optimism
- The Big River Irvine Riverbank Clean
- Eating nettles and gazing at clouds: a LEAF reflection
- #TakeItBack to the start
- Dalry Primary School's LEAF journey
- Pedalling towards a sustainable future
- Chirnside Primary School's LEAF journey
- Flowerbank Early Childhood Centre's Pocket Garden Experience
- To keep Scotland beautiful we all need to take action
- Applegarth and Hutton’s LEAF journey
- Our hope for a nature positive Scotland
- Becoming a Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation
- Volunteering with KSB and loving every minute
- We are all accountable for our actions
- Hillhead students talk keeping Kelvingrove Park beautiful
- Making it easy to choose a reusable cup for takeaway drinks
- Get to know...John MacLennan
- Get to know...Sandy Scott
- How Eco-Schools benefits pupils, teachers and communities
- Community gardening for climate, nature and heritage in Cumbernauld
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- Getting to know...Kyle Usher
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Failing our future?
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
We were delighted to partner with Architecture and Design Scotland recently to develop and deliver a bespoke version of our online Climate Emergency Training which focused on the built environment. In this blog two of our Training and Accreditation Officers, Claire Herbst and Magdalena Trifonova explain the importance of designing a lower carbon country.
Climate change is happening now and increases the likelihood, frequency and intensity of extreme weather across the globe.
We’ve seen harrowing news stories about extreme weather events in places far from home including the recent heatwave in the USA and Canada and the severe floods in western Europe. Homes were dangerously overheated. Infrastructure was severely damaged. And many people died.
Such extreme events are taking place closer to home too - such as the damaging downpours and flooding in London last week, the flooding experienced in Scotland last August, and the recent record-breaking temperatures just over the Irish sea in County Down.
It’s clear that climate change poses multiple challenges to our built environment and the people that rely on it. And with UK-wide figures showing the built environment is currently responsible for up to 40% of the UK’s climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, it’s clear that the sector has an important part to play.
That’s why we were delighted to partner with Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to develop and deliver a bespoke version of our online Climate Emergency Training which helps people understand the climate emergency and respond to the risks, opportunities and responsibilities ahead.
The training sessions explored the science and impacts of climate change; unpacked the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, and highlighted practical actions that individuals and the organisation could take to reduce emissions and adapt. A&DS staff reviewed their organisational footprint and discussed ways to use their influence to reduce emissions in the sector and help design a lower carbon Scotland. Independently accredited by the award-winning Carbon Literacy Project, the course ran over a series of four weeks, combining a weekly live online session with self-study tasks and study group activities.
A&DS is ideally placed to influence carbon reduction in Scotland directly through its own organisational emission reduction commitments, but also indirectly through its work with a variety of partners including local authorities, communities, construction professionals, architects, builders, homeowners and students.
Think of a building – architects and designers can influence carbon reduction at every stage of the building lifecycle. Choices made at the design and construction stages can improve the energy efficiency of the building which can significantly reduce emissions, while buildings can be designed to cope better with extreme weather events such as heatwaves. And using sustainable building materials that can be re-used or recycled at the end of a buildings’ life can contribute to a more circular economy. It’s also important to remember that we can retrofit our existing buildings to improve their sustainability, and to ensure they are adapted to suit our changing climate. The A&DS Materials library is a fantastic resource to help builders, construction professionals and individuals choose more sustainable building materials for their projects.
Think of a place – the way our places are designed could reduce emissions from transport through our places having services available locally and more safe active travel infrastructure. Designing carbon conscious places where the ethos of reusing and repurposing is at the core can significantly reduce consumption and waste emissions. And planning our places for climate change impacts such as more flooding and heatwaves is vital. Making changes, such as planting more trees and adding green space around watercourses in our urban areas, can help to decrease temperatures in heatwaves, slow surface runoff of rain and help to reduce flood risk of our buildings and infrastructure. Changing our places in these ways can also have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.
We were delighted to receive a variety of positive feedback from
The collaborative nature of this bespoke course, provided a supportive space for A&DS to engage in positive climate conversations and commit to meaningful actions in response to the climate emergency.
Such conversations are vital to achieving a lower carbon Scotland and it’s clear that A&DS have laid sustainable foundations that they can build upon.