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15 Scottish climate change champions announced for Awards shortlist

15 community-led organisations from across Scotland have been shortlisted for the second Climate Challenge Fund Awards, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The CCF Awards, which will take place at Perth Concert Hall next month, on Wednesday 12 December, will recognise the work undertaken by groups supported by the Climate Challenge Fund to tackle climate change in their communities.

The 15 community-led organisations have been shortlisted for the Awards’ six categories - with two new categories for Outstanding Contribution and Youth Engagement - joining the established Energy, Food, Travel and Waste classifications.

The shortlisted nominees are:

Energy Category

  • Aberdeen Green Futures Project, Aberdeen Multicultural Centre
  • East Sutherland Energy Advice Service, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
  • Forth Valley Communities for Conservation, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council

Food Category

  • Greener Broadford, Broadford and Strath Community Company, Highland
  • Possibility Grows & Cycles here, St. Paul's Youth Forum, Glasgow City
  • SCOREscotland Green Futures, SCOREscotland, City of Edinburgh

Travel Category

  • Aberdeen Green Futures Project, Aberdeen Multicultural Centre
  • Forth Valley Communities for Conservation, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council
  • Healthy Living and Sustaining East Renfrewshire, Woodfarm Education Centre

Waste Category

  • Energy Savers, Train to Gain, Lairg & District Learning Centre, Highland
  • Fit for Purpose, The Ecology Centre, Fife
  • R:evolve Recycle, Lightburn Elderly Association Project Ltd, South Lanarkshire

Youth Engagement Category

  • Embedding North Glasgow’s Green Legacy, Ng homes
  • Greener Broadford, Broadford and Strath Community Company, Highland
  • Possibility Grows & Cycles here, St. Paul's Youth Forum, Glasgow City

Outstanding Contribution Category

  • Greener Kirkcaldy, Fife
  • Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP), Renfrewshire
  • South Seeds, Glasgow City
  • Transition Stirling

A full list of shortlisted nominees can be found on the CCF Awards webpages.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government grants programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, which provides funding and support for community groups to tackle climate change through community-led projects that reduce carbon emissions.

The CCF has been hugely successful and, since its introduction in 2008, has awarded grants totalling £101 million to 1,097 projects in 658 communities, with projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency. A map showing currently funded projects can be accessed here.

The awards will be presented by Tom Brock OBE, Charity Trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful, and physicist and meteorologist, Heather Reid OBE, ‘Heather the Weather’, who will also be Guest Speaker at the Awards.

Tom Brock OBE, Charity Trustee at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“This is an exciting year for community action on climate change in Scotland as we celebrate a decade of successful projects tackling climate change with the support of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and recognise youth contributions as part of our activities for Scotland’s Year of Young People.

“We were delighted to receive 60 nominations for the Awards and look forward to the ceremony which will showcase the outstanding work that communities across Scotland are undertaking to help tackle the very important issue of climate change.”

Heather Reid OBE added:

“Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing the world today. It is fantastic to see community-led projects from across Scotland come together and help to address this significant issue.

“The Climate Challenge Fund has allowed communities the opportunity to implement projects that help people to understand climate change, recognise its importance and identify ways that they can help to tackle it. The quality of entries were outstanding and I look forward to presenting the awards.”

The Climate Challenge Fund Awards will take place on the evening of 12 December at Perth Concert Hall and further details on shortlisted nominees and booking tickets can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfawards

19 November 2018

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