SSN newsletter 19.07.17

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Registration for Climate Week 2017 is now open. Climate Week is a Scottish Government-led initiative to raise awareness of and inspire action on climate change. Climate Week aims to get organisations across Scotland hosting events during the week of 18-22 September that highlight the importance of reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate. All public sector organisations, businesses, charities and community groups in Scotland can participate in Climate Week. Please visit the Climate Week webpages for information on how to register, event ideas and resources, and case studies. You can also keep up to date on Climate Week activities using the hashtag #ScotClimateWeek.

The next in the series of knowledge exchange documents are now available for SSN members on the Knowledge Hub. These documents focus on the waste section of the draft Climate Change Plan, with particular emphasis on the circular economy. For information on how to join the Knowledge Hub, please contact Kathryn Duncan.

From 2016/17, Integrated Joint Boards (IJBs) are also expected to now complete Climate Change Reports. IJBs have been set up to help integrate health and social care, in order to improve outcomes for patients, service users, carers and their families and as such require Health Boards and Local Authorities to work together effectively to agree a model of integration to deliver quality, sustainable care services. Given the unique roles and responsibilities of these IJBs, specific guidance has been developed for these bodies by SSN and the Scottish Government. Please note, this guidance document is being published as a working draft. If you would like to provide comment on the guidance, please contact SSN at ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Two members of the SSN staff team attended the EAUC Waste Topic Support Network event on 18 July, to discuss Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting and to address some specific queries from the education sector in relation to reporting for waste. There were useful discussions around some of the complexities of collating and reporting waste data and it was a great opportunity for knowledge sharing amongst similar organisations.

The SSN Steering Group will be meeting on the 26th of July, for more information about the Steering Group please see the Steering Group page or contact chris.wood-gee@dumgal.gov.uk


Member updates

SEPA's third Sustainable Growth Agreement signed with young environmental leaders, the 2050 Climate Group
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has signed its third Sustainable Growth Agreement (SGA) with environmental youth organisation, the 2050 Climate Group. Sustainable Growth Agreements are voluntary, formal agreements with SEPA, which focus on practical actions and collaboration, to deliver environmental outcomes which create social and economic benefits. The 2050 Climate Group SGA commits SEPA to provide opportunities for young leaders within partner organisations and regulated industry, with a view to driving decision-making with business towards the creation of a low carbon economy. For more information, please see here.

Electric bikes to deliver low carbon shopping in Inverurie
Electric bikes will soon be delivering low carbon shopping in Inverurie in a project organised by Aberdeenshire Council, Inverurie Business Association and Nestrans. This month Mitchells of Inverurie will start to pilot the use of a purpose-built electric cargo bike to carry out local deliveries. Owned by Aberdeenshire Council and funded as part of the Government’s ‘Smarter Choices Smarter Places’ programme, the bike is being used to encourage local business to consider the cost savings and environmental benefits to be gained by carrying out more local deliveries by bike where possible. For more information, please see here.

World first as car powered by whisky residue biofuel makes inaugural journey
An Edinburgh Napier spinout has driven the first car to be fuelled solely by a whisky residue biofuel. Working closely with Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire, Celtic Renewables has developed a ground-breaking process that is set to revolutionise sustainable transport. The team has showcased the potential of biobutanol by driving a Ford Focus car around the grounds of Edinburgh Napier’s Craiglockhart campus – powered solely by the biofuel. For more information, please see here.


Partner updates

Adaptation Scotland invite applications for community engagement pioneer project
Support and funding of up to £10,000 is being offered for one Community Engagement Pioneer Project to be developed and run as part of the Adaptation Scotland programme between September 2017 – March 2018. This opportunity is open to all organisations and community groups based in Scotland. This includes public, private and third sector organisations and community groups based around particular locations and/ or interests. For more information and to download application form please visit the Adaptation Scotland website or email adaptationscotland@sniffer.org.uk  

Record number of Scotland’s parks win Green Flag Awards
Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced that a record breaking 73 parks from across Scotland have been presented with a Green Flag Award this year in recognition of their high standards and provision of quality outdoor space. The award recognises that well maintained parks build healthy and stable communities alongside the health benefits that quality outdoor space provides, including enabling and encouraging exercise, improving mental well being, and encouraging critical play for child development. Scotland’s winning parks are run by local authorities, universities and community groups. For more information, please see here.  

EAUC-Scotland upcoming events 

Scottish Government Climate Change Bill - Consultation 
On the 30 June 2017 the Scottish Government launched its most recent consultation to introduce a new Climate Change Bill in relation to the Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009. EAUC-Scotland are looking to submit a sector response to the consultation due 22 September. The EAUC-Scotland office is looking to create a small task-group to gather views and opinions from the sector so please get in touch.  If your institution is looking submit a response on its own then please get in touch also. If you would like to be part of the discussions for forming the FHE sector response please contact the EAUC-Scotland team by Friday 21 July.

Marketing and Communications Teams and Sustainability: Collaborative Resource Development Workshop
Join this EAUC-Scotland Workshop on 25th July to share ideas on how sustainability is relevant to people working within university and college marketing and communications departments, and the role such teams can play in progressing your institution’s sustainability journey. Attendees will gain new ideas to enhance their practice from our research and the workshop discussions. The workshop outputs will be developed by EAUC-Scotland into guides to support engaging and empowering marketing and communications teams to take action on sustainability, as part of our new EAUC-Scotland Catalysing Sustainability Leadership Programme.


Other key news

CSGN Green Active Travel Case Studies
Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) have produced a set of five case studies on green active travel routes that create attractive places and journeys for both people and environment.

Green Infrastructure Library 
The Green Infrastructure Partnership has launched a new free online Green Infrastructure Library of over 600 publications on green infrastructure. The aim is to get research in this field into the hands of decisions makers, including those in the public sector.


19 July 2017


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