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SSN member update 15.03.2017

SSN member organisation updates for this week: Renfrewshire Council achieves bronze Food for Life Served Here award, Glenrothes Heat takes an important step forward, Aberdeen City Council recognised as Super Local Authority, Fife Council leads the way in furniture reuse and Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council are participating in North East Climate Week.

 

Renfrewshire Council receive the bronze Food for Life Served Here award

Representatives from Soil Association Scotland visited Heriot Primary School in Paisley to present the award which recognises that the council is providing fresh and nutritious food to its pupils. The Bronze Award ensures that food provided has no undesirable additives or trans fats, eggs served are from free range hens, meat comes from farms which meet UK welfare standards and no fish is served from the ‘fish to avoid’ list. For more information please see here: http://www.renfrewshire24.co.uk/2017/03/03/renfrewshire-council-awarded-the-food-for-life-served-here-bronze-award/ 

 

Glenrothes Heat takes an important step forward

Stage one of the planning process has been lodged to develop a district heat scheme in Glenrothes. This would supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes. Glenrothes Heat would use the local biomass-fuelled power station, owned and operated by RWE, to provide hot water and heating for local businesses, community facilities, council offices and homes in the centre of Glenrothes. For more information, please see: https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.display&objectid=69DB2456-BAB0-A05E-6E15B6303A612CD4

 

Council recognised as Super Local Authority for environmental activities

Aberdeen City Council has been recognised as a Super Local Authority by the WWF Scotland, the world’s leading independent conservation organisation, for its commitment and contribution to the annual Earth Hour events that took place in 2016. Activities including tree planting at Hazlehead Park, environmental exhibits, talks and discussion groups, and a series of environmental films shown across the city helped to secure the success of the Aberdeen application for the award, along with Hazlehead Park being recognised as Scotland’s first climate change park. For more information, please see here: http://news.aberdeencity.gov.uk/council-recognised-as-super-local-authority-for-environmental-activities/

 

Fife Council leads the way in reuse furniture

Fife Council has become the first local authority to trial a change in the way it provides furniture and other household items to Scottish Welfare Fund customers. Since April 2013, all 32 local authorities in Scotland have provided Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund to people on low incomes who need support to establish or remain in their homes in their communities. Funding for these items is allocated to each local authority from the Scottish Government. Scottish Welfare Fund customers can be provided with the main household essentials such as white goods, a bed, sofa and table and chairs.  Traditionally these items have been supplied new, however with the introduction of an alternative option via the newly established Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) Reuse Consortium, Fife Council has become the first local authority to change the way it provides goods to customers. As of February 2017, Fife Council is trialing a change to the way it provides goods to Scottish Welfare Fund customers. The Council will acquire reuse furniture and white goods from the CRNS Reuse Consortium in addition to its current supplier of new items. For more information, please see here: https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.display&objectid=33D29801-BCED-117C-A4E4CB4FACBFF691

 

Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council participate in North East Climate Week

Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council are participating in North East Climate Week from March 18th – 25th in the run up to Earth Hour. Throughout the week there are different events happening in both the City and the Shire to share the message of Climate Change and grow participation in Earth Hour.  There are cycle rides, children competitions, storytelling, movie events, lectures and presentations to name just a few. For the full list of activities happening in the region please see the brochure and website: http://www.climateweekaberdeen.org/programme.html

15 March 2017

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