Creative Scotland has identified climate change and environmental sustainability as one of its cross cutting themes, in line with its duties under the Climate Change Act. This is reflected in its Environment Connecting Theme. But what is the Environment Connecting Theme, and how can arts, screen and creative industry organisations contribute to it?
In February, we will be holding workshops on the Environment Connecting Theme. Read on for more details.
What is the Environment Connecting Theme?
Creative Scotland expects all Regular Funded Organisations (RFOs) to embed each of the four connecting themes across their organisations and work. They have provided the following guidance about the Environment Connecting Theme:
Across the network of organisations that we will fund, the key outcomes in relation to Environment are:
- Reduce the direct environmental impacts of our work
- Influence others on issues relating to the environment
What is the criterion for Environment?
How well is Environment embedded across all aspects of your organisation and its work?
How will we assess this?
We will particularly look for:
- Any systems in place to measure your carbon emissions, any policies or plans for environmental sustainability including reducing your emissions.
- A Board or staff member who has responsibility for or actively champions environmental issues within the organisation and that there is a clear structure to address any issues.
- Any opportunities [which you are taking] to influence others with whom you engage
How Creative Carbon Scotland can help
Regarding the direct environmental impacts of organisations’ work, the current group of RFOs were required to measure and report their carbon emissions from April 2015, and did so for the first time this September. We’ll continue to provide support in this area and any organisation starting out on this journey or wanting further help should contact Fiona MacLennan, our Carbon Reduction Project Manager, to discuss their needs. Now that carbon measurement and reporting is established in the cultural sector, the development of plans to reduce carbon emissions is the logical next step, and leading organisations will reflect this in their work. We’ll be focusing our technical support on this area in 2017. Most RFOs have a Green Champion and the best performing have someone at Board level focusing on this area.
Regarding the influencing role identified by Creative Scotland, in February we will run free workshops in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness as well as an online webinar to consider this less developed area:
- Communicating organisations’ own work on environmental sustainability to audiences, suppliers, staff, freelancers and artists
- Programming work that touches upon or explores environmental sustainability and climate change, both within and outwith the organisations’ usual programme
- Engaging staff with climate change and environmental sustainability more widely
We’ll discuss the areas you might think about and provide examples of interesting work from around the world. The workshops will last about 2 hours and refreshments will be provided.
We will offer further workshops in different areas around the country if there is demand – please get in touch with Ben on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like us to arrange a session near you or if you’d like to join the webinar.