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Public Sector Sustainability News - 1 February 2017

Fife Council provide and update and overview of activity arising from their Local Biodiversity Action Plan; Fife Council innovative sustainable travel event for local people; East Lothian Council summarise the development of the area’s core paths network and its benefits; Dumfries and Galloway Council propose tackling schools’ energy costs.

Fife Council Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP)

Councillors were updated on Fife’s LBAP 2013-18 in early January. The LBAP contains over 200 actions, including species-specific work to protect bats and bluebells, and landscape-scale initiatives such as saltmarsh restoration in the Eden Estuary. Project highlights include: ‘Fife’s Buzzing’ wildflower meadow creation project led by Fife Council and Buglife; and West Sands Dune Restoration Project which has moved over 14,000 tonnes of sand to restore damaged sections of the dune, as well as working with close to 1000 volunteers to plant marram and lyme grasses to stabilise the new dunes.

 

Fife Council Sustainable Travel Event

Fife Council ran an innovative Sustainable Travel Event on 28 January in partnership with Burntisland Community Development Trust, to provide information on affordable and smarter, more sustainable travel options for local people. The event highlighted nationally successful sustainable travel projects, and allowed visitors to explore electric cars, e-bikes and Car Clubs. Speakers from Stirling Council also shared the benefits of the electric bike hire system that the Local Authority has set up.

 

East Lothian Council Core Paths Progress

East Lothian Council have provided an interesting summary of the development of the Council’s core paths network. Following over £2million of investment, the Council has developed a connected network of core paths and active travel routes for walking, cycling and horse riding, for people of all ages and abilities. More recent developments include the introduction of a Path Warden Scheme of volunteers in 2011, the use of ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ funding, and the introduction of path counters to better monitor visitor numbers.

 

Dumfries and Galloway Council Tackling School Energy Costs

The installation of new renewable energy and energy saving technologies in schools throughout Dumfries and Galloway aimed at cutting costs and contributing to tackling climate change will be considered by the Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee on 3 February. The new technologies proposed for schools include micro combined heat and power (CHP), LED lighting, biomass, and smart metering.  

01 February 2017

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