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Sustainable Scotland Network

Making Scotland clean, green and more sustainable is an important ambition for our charity, for the Scottish Government, and for the wider public sector. We manage and develop the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) to improve Scotland’s public sector performance on sustainability and climate change. SSN is based on a partnership of the Scottish Government, Keep Scotland Beautiful and SSN members throughout the public sector.

SSN is supported by the Scottish Government to work with the 181 public sector organisations in Scotland which have been identified as Major Players in Scotland.  The Major Players include Scotland's 32 local authorities, 31 integration joint boards, 25 colleges, 19 universities, 14 regional NHS boards, 5 Special NHS Boards, and many other bodies including Scottish Water, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Historic Environment Scotland. The SSN currently has over 700 individual members, all of whom work on climate change, sustainability or energy in one of these organisations.

The purpose of the SSN is to:

  •     Improve public sector performance on sustainability and climate change
  •     Allow members to share information and good practice
  •     Provide information and support on relevant policy areas

SSN also supports compliance with Scottish Government legislation, in particular the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act.

The work of SSN is guided by the SSN Steering Group which is made up of 14 members and representatives from the Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful. COSLA is represented as an observer on the Steering Group. The SSN Steering Group meets regularly to advise the Keep Scotland Beautiful staff team and contribute to the development of the SSN's programme.

To enable SSN to coordinate and scale-up activity, share information and good practice, develop case studies and collaborate on events, the network works with key national bodies. These partners include NHS National Services Scotland, EAUC-Scotland, COSLA, Adaptation Scotland and Resource Efficient Scotland.

The Knowledge Hub is our online forum for SSN members to share and discuss sustainability and climate change work. To join this forum, please register with the Knowledge Hub and search for the Sustainable Scotland Network.

Membership of the Sustainable Scotland Network is open to anyone working for one of the major player organisations.  Please contact Kathryn Duncan if you would like to join.

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