SSN newsletter 23.08.17

SSN news

Early bird registration for the SSN Conference 2017 ends next week! SSN members are eligible for an early bird rate of £50+ VAT until the 1st of September, after which the SSN member delegate rate will be £90+VAT. Non members can also book on at a discounted rate of £100+VAT until the 1st September, after which the non-member rate will rise to £150 +VAT.

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

To help enable widespread involvement in Climate Week, organisations across Scotland are being asked to bring colleagues together to watch and virtually participate in a series of events being live-streamed as part of this year’s campaign. Three events will be broadcast live on 19 and 20 September, including contributions from Chris Stark, Dr. Catherine Happer and Andrew Darnton. Organisations can use these sessions as the basis for their own Climate Week event. Bring colleagues together in your office to watch the presentations live online, participate virtually in the Q and A, and host your own discussion session afterwards. See full details of the live-stream events.

As part of our ongoing support of Public Bodies Climate Change Duties reporting, SSN has prepared example answers to each question within the Reporting template, based on best practice examples from the 2015-16 submitted reports.  These are examples of the type of information we’ve seen and not an exhaustive guide for all public bodies.  The examples are provided to share knowledge amongst the network and continue to improve the quality of climate change reporting across the public sector”. FAQs on climate change reporting have been collated over the past two years. The questions will continually be updated as they are received. 

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a new Climate Change Bill, available here. SSN will submit a member response driven by SSN member views. To aid this process, SSN has produced a summary of the Climate Change Bill consultation document which is available on our Knowledge Hub forum group. In order to shape our response - please send copies of your consultation responses or provide us with your own professional views by email to jennifer.kaczmarski@keepscotlandbeautiful.org. These can be treated confidentially, if you indicate for this to be the case.  We would also encourage members to post views and draft consultation responses to the SSN knowledgehub to help share and shape network views. The closing date for the consultation is 22nd September 2017, therefore could you please email copies of your draft or final consultation responses by 30th August 2017. This will allow us time to generate a draft response before sign off by our Steering Group.

On the 31st August SSN have arranged a one-day training event on carbon footprinting, creating and maintaining a project register, forecasting emissions and target setting. Due to demand for this session, there will be a re-run of this event on the 13th September. Please contact ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org for more information.


Member updates

Carplus - Case Study of the Electric Car Club scheme in St Andrews

Carplus have published a case study of the Electric Car Club scheme installed on the University of St Andrews' campus, listing 19 tonnes of CO2 being saved in comparison to an average UK Vehicle. Click here to access on the Sustainability Exchange

University of St Andrews Cycle Strategy

St Andrews have developed a 10 year cycling strategy to exceed the Scottish Government’s 2020 target of 10% of journeys being made by bike by increasing the rate of commuter cycling by University staff and students. Click here to access on the Sustainability Exchange.

Argyll and Bute Council welcomes Sustrans active travel funding

Argyll and Bute Council has been awarded over £450,000 by Sustrans Scotland to improve the area’s walking and cycling active travel infrastructure. Funding of £396,000 from the national charity’s Community Links Programme, provided by Transport Scotland, will see the council construct new walking paths as well as carry out the design and feasibility work for paths identified by local communities, including the first phase of a walking and cycling, shared use, path at Rosneath, and progressing the Helensburgh and Lomond Cycleway. For more information, please see here.

Electric vehicle charging hub granted planning permission in Dundee

A new hub for charging electric vehicles in Dundee has come a step closer after planners granted permission for the development. Solar canopies, charging points and electrical Infrastructure will be built at the site in Princes Street between Dens Street and Lower Princes Street which is currently a vacant yard.The development is part of a £1.86m award made to the city by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles last year


Partner updates

2050 Climate Group Mentoring

The 2050 Climate Group is looking for informal mentors who are able to support the development of a wide range of projects run by young leaders across Scotland, as part of their Young Leaders Development Programme. This programme takes 130 young people on a year long journey, part of which is that they are supported to take on their own actions and projects to put into practice the knowledge that have been learning. These actions range from personal behaviour changes to large scale systemic changes, such as setting up local community projects, starting their own businesses, making their workplaces more sustainable, working with supermarkets, other large businesses or the government to improve policies etc. The time commitment from mentors to support young leaders will be whatever suits them and their interests. If you have any questions about this, please contact: contact@2050.scot.

EAUC-Scotland Sector Helpline launched

As part of the EAUC-Scotland Programme, a Sector Helpline to support and strengthen sustainability knowledge within Scottish colleges and universities has been launched. If you have any sort of question, from where to find a particular resource to who to talk to for guidance on a new project, the EAUC-Scotland team will do their best to answer your question directly, or point you towards someone who can. For more information, please see here.

Sustainable Health Scotland 2017

Sustainable Health Scotland 2017 is the premier opportunity for all those involved in the health and social care system in Scotland to share experiences and practice that will help mitigate future threats to health and health equity and inform how we can adapt the system to achieve sustainable health and social care delivery for Scotland.   Building on the success of last year’s conference, Sustainable Health Scotland 2017 will  develop further the key ways in which the NHS, public health, and the social care system can maximise opportunities to improve social, environmental and economic sustainability. Sustainable Health Scotland 2017 has a particular focus on how action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its consequences can help reduce existing health inequalities and prevent new ones. Attendance is free for public sector delegates. For more information, and to register as a delegate, please visit www.sustainablehealthscotland.com.


Other key news

Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker: Wave 22 released by The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Paths for All funded 173 sustainable and active travel initiatives across Scotland through Transport Scotland’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places 2016/17 programme

Scottish Natural Heritage is giving organisations another opportunity to apply for funding for projects helping communities make the most of their local greenspaces. 

An International Transport Forum report examines how cities can manage the transition to shared mobility services. 

23 August 2017


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