SSN newsletter 21.02.18

Knowledge exchange: SSN member news

Edinburgh University to complete transition out of fossil fuel investments within three years.

The University has already invested more than £150 million in low carbon technology, climate-related research and businesses that directly benefit the environment since 2010. The decision follows its commitment made in 2016 to become carbon neutral by 2040. Find out more here.


Climate Change Impacts on the Historic Environment seminar

Historic Environment Scotland are hosting a one day seminar looking at ‘Climate Change Impacts on the Historic Environment’ on 6th March at the Engine Shed in Stirling. This event will bring together those managing historic estates throughout the UK with the intention to learn from the sector’s numerous approaches to assessing climate change risk. Confirmed speakers so far include representatives from Historic England, the National Trust, CHERISH, Adaptation Scotland and the former Chief Advisor to the Met Office.


Falkirk active travel hub now open

The new hub will encourage and support local people to make healthier, greener travel choices. As well as providing access to bikes and e-bikes through a bike ‘lending library’, the hub shares information on active travel routes and provides workshops on bike maintenance. It is part of the Healthier Greener Falkirk Project, a joint initiative between Falkirk Council and charity Forth Environment Link, which will also see a low carbon vehicle hub created at Falkirk Community Stadium with 20 electric vehicle charging bays.


Glasgow Kelvin College launches Cycle Hub

Glasgow Kelvin Colleges Springburn campus in the north of the city has opened an innovative new resource to encourage students, staff and visitors to cycle to college. The building has been constructed using sustainable materials, including larchwood cladding and a sedum roof, and will provide a resource centre for cyclists – a one-stop shop for training, information, repair & maintenance and motivation for an active and healthy lifestyle.


SSN and partner updates

Case studies now available on the SSN website

SSN member activity relating to car clubs and ultra low emission vehicles and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) can now be accessed in the Sustainability Resources section of the SSN website. If your organisation has examples of activity in these areas that you would like us to include, please send the details to ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.


Low Carbon Innovation Funding Invitation

The Scottish Government has committed to invest up to £60 million to deliver innovative low carbon energy infrastructure solutions across Scotland. This includes support for projects involving electricity battery storage, sustainable heating systems and low emissions transport.


EAUC-S launch Spring Professional Development Programme
EAUC-S has launched a Spring Professional Development Programme, providing varied development opportunities for roles within FHE Sustainability. The areas covered are: social media, project set up: outcomes and indicators, project monitoring: capturing evidence of success, project evaluation: analysing and sharing success and CPD-Certified internal EMS auditing. The programme runs from March until June and is open to any interested parties. Full descriptions of each course are available on their events page along with programme details and infographic.


Other key news

Good climate policy can contribute to a growing economy more than previously thought

France to make half of all food in public sector organic or local by 2022

21 February 2018


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