Case Study: The CCA Cultural Tenants Green Team
Paragon Ensemble helped set up a 'Green Team' with the other cultural tenants at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, allowing them to collaborate on initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of their working environment.
For organisations that are tenants or only one of the organisations within a larger building, achieving changes to reduce the environmental impact of how the space functions can be difficult, with many factors not being under their direct control. This initiative brought together different cultural tenants based in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow to work together to achieve changes. Charlotte Riley of Paragon Music describes the initiative:
The CCA Green Team, founded in April 2018, is a network of organisations working within the CCA to design and implement creative measures to reduce our collective carbon footprint. We meet every month to generate carbon-reduction initiatives, campaigns and events to coincide with national initiatives and regular newsletters to all businesses operating within the CCA.
It was founded following a discussion at a Creative Carbon Scotland training day, after which Paragon Music emailed round all the businesses within the CCA with an invitation to join. Currently there are five organisations represented: CCA, Cryptic, Scottish Ensemble and Playwrights Studio and Paragon Music.
Initiatives to date have included a Swap Shop (February 2019) for Recycle for Scotland’s Pass It On Week, resulting in a permanent ‘Swap Cupboard (for items including books, batteries, office supplies, cables and miscellaneous items), and a recycling campaign (September 2019) for Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycle Week. We are currently working to implement the use of sustainable cleaning products in the Cultural Tenants’ kitchen.
The team meets roughly once a month, with specific times being organised via a Doodle poll. Minutes are taken at each meeting, with individual action points, and circulated afterwards. Often an agenda is agreed in advance, usually guided by RFO submission deadlines or national campaigns.
This is a model that could be useful for organisations sharing a building, but it could be expanded to those located on the same street or in the same town, providing opportunities to synchronise environmental efforts, collaborate on community engagement, and advocate for improved environmental policies.