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Welcome to the November newsletter

This issue includes several events and articles which focus on reasons to be hopeful, as we look forward to the new year and hopefully, in many ways, a new start. The next Green Tease is on Environmental Success Stories, and if that’s not enough, you can hear more through the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network podcast 1000 Better Stories, featuring Green Arts member Eco Drama. There is also support for practical carbon reduction, through the Green Arts Meetup on Carbon Management and the Resource of the Month: a fun app for tracking how much carbon you can save from a menu of small to large ‘challenges’.
For those who want to step their sustainability work up a notch, I am bringing together a working group to develop a project through which the culture sector can contribute to a just and green recovery. The working group will determine the project's shape, but one option is to develop a pledge, with a set of commitments tailored to the Scottish culture sector, and encourage fellow arts and cultural organisations to sign up. If you are interested in being part of this working group, supported by Creative Carbon Scotland, please let me know at

Upcoming Events

Green Arts December Meetup: Carbon Management Reflections & Implementation Wed 9 Dec, 2pm-3:30pm (online)
We'll discuss challenges around carbon management, and explore ways to help turn your plans into action in the new year. Open to organisations who have submitted Carbon Management Plans, as well as those who are not required to, but want to get ahead of the curve. With Caro Overy, Carbon Management Officer and Iain Phillips, Data Analyst.
Reasons to be Cheerful: what are the environmental success stories of 2020? And what can we look forward to next year?’. This will be our last event of 2020, so we’ll be making a bit of an end of year party of it too with some online party games and themed DIY cocktails! For anyone with a creative and/or environmental background or interest. 

Opportunity of the Month

Do you want to reduce emissions from your building to move towards net-zero, but don’t have the funds to do so? The Scottish Government is funding new interest-free loans for installing lower carbon or renewable heating systems, improvements to building fabric (such as insulation and double glazing), and more. Available to Scottish businesses that fall within the EU definition of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), not-for-profit organisations, and charities. You can read the full information sheet and apply through Zero Waste Scotland.
Zero Waste Scotland are also holding a series of information events on a variety of forms of lower carbon heating, and ways to insulate your building. These run from 1st – 10th December.
You can also engage Zero Waste Scotland to produce a free, tailored report recommending key actions you can take now at no cost, as well as major changes to reduce emissions, plus how to access support, further advice and financing.

Case Study of the Month:
CAN Circular Arts Network - a 'Gumtree for the Arts'

David Batchelor in his studio, Photo by Lucy Dawkins Courtesy of the Artist and Ingleby, Edinburgh

Sculpture Placement Group have recently developed CAN (Circular Arts Network), an online sharing website for artists and arts organisations, technicians, theatremarkers and craftspeople, developed in partnership with Scottish Contemporary Art Network. In this case study, Kate Robertson, Co-Director of Sculpture Placement Group, talks about the need for a resource like this, how it was developed, and how to make good use of it. 

Have your Say

Climate Friendly Culture

Climate Friendly Culture is a project seeking to learn about the creative community’s response to the climate crisis, led by musician and Creative Carbon Scotland's Carbon Management Officer Caro Overy. Those who work in the culture sector in Scotland are invited to complete a short survey about your motivations and needs in responding to the climate emergency. The project (and your input) will lay the groundwork to develop a new tool to support the cultural contribution to a resilient and low carbon future. The research is supported by Creative Informatics and Creative Edinburgh through the Connected Innovator programme. You can find out more about Climate Friendly Culture and read Caro’s blog here.

Climate Ready Clyde’s Adaptation Strategy
Green Arts members based in, or with a connection to, the Glasgow region are encouraged to have a look at the new draft Climate Adaptation Strategy for the Glasgow City Region, and to offer feedback through the consultation. Creative Carbon Scotland contributed to the strategy through our work with Clyde Rebuilt. Through the lens of culture, we challenged the project’s perspectives and ways of working, and used our cultural expertise to help Climate Ready Clyde set out how the region can maximise its impact by working together and engaging, equipping and enabling citizens and organisations. The consultation is an essential part of the process, and will ensure the strategy belongs to everyone in the region. We invite you to share your views and experiences now through 5pm on 24th December.
Climate Ready Clyde are running two events that will provide an overview of the consultation process and offer an informal opportunity for you to feed back:

Resource of the Month: Pawprint App

Pawprint is a free, fun-to-use app for measuring savings to your carbon footprint. It is focused on personal footprints, but many of the challenges could apply to your work activity, such as “switch 5 lightbulbs to energy saving LEDs” (saving 37kg CO2), “take the Eurostar instead of flying once this year” (saving 126kg CO2), or “rent or borrow something you’d otherwise have bought” (saving roughly 10kg CO2). After providing some information, which the app uses to calculate your rough annual footprint, you can set yourself timed challenges, and earn ‘trophies’ and ‘Pawpoints’ for spending on good causes (this feature is coming soon). The friendly interface is underpinned by extensive data; the developers work with carbon footprinting guru Mike Berners Lee.
Organisations can also sign up to Pawprint for Business, to increase your team’s engagement with carbon reduction. You can set team challenges and individual carbon saving goals, and check the dashboard to see the carbon saved by each ‘department’. The business app is still in development, so ‘pioneers’ who sign up now can help shape it. There is a cost, but they provide discounts for charities and for organisations who help promote the app. You can ask for a demo to see how it works.

Articles and Podcasts on Culture and Climate

Welcome to our new Green Arts Members

This month we welcome Fringe by the Sea (East Lothian), Hidden Door Festival (Edinburgh) and Gill Davies Productions (Glasgow). Thanks for joining!
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