The Creative Carbon Scotland Reading List
A pile of magazines
There are lots of research reports, innovative initiatives and trailblazing projects which can inspire or support the cultural sector become more sustainable. Here we have collected a series of resources which broaden and deepen the perspective on sector sustainability.
International examples of culture & climate change
- Landing Stages – Selections from the Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance 2000 – 2014. This series of selected readings is compiled from the archived Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance (2000-2014), and gives an insight into the project and perspectives addressing the emerging arts and sustainability theme.
- The Arts and Environmental Sustainability: An International Overview This report, compiled and published by Julie’s Bicycle and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in late 2014, aimed to broaden the understanding and identify the environmental sustainability aspirations of the international arts community, as well as aid in the identification for further work and partnerships.
- Culture Shift – How Artists are responding to Sustainability in Wales, details and documents creative actions and activities so far, with a particular emphasis on interesting case studies of significantly contributing individual artists and groups.
- Greening Arts Practice. This free guide aims to offer a range of entry points and approaches for artists and arts organisations who want to develop a more environmentally responsible arts practice. It is not intended to be a ‘how-to’ or a definitive tool kit, but instead aims to create an opportunity for artists to question and develop their work, supported by the range of knowledge we can share.
- Public Art Sustainability Assessment (PASA) is available free of charge to artists, commissioners and anyone else involved in the development, creation, maintenance and decommissioning of public art.
- Carbon Reduction in the Creative Industries: Scoping Report. In 2017, Creative Carbon Scotland was commissioned by Creative Scotland to undertake research into how the Creative Industries could reduce their environmental impact, their associated carbon emissions, and therefore their contributions towards climate change.
- Visual Arts and Adaptation in Scotland. In 2019, Creative Carbon Scotland commissioned research into the specific impacts for visual arts organisations, and undertook analysis and interviews of organisations and partners – across exhibition, education, outreach and support – to understand the impact on business models, operational capacity and even health and safety. Summary recommendations available through this infographic.
- Leave a Trace, Not a Footprint: A guide for cities to address the environmental impact of cultural events. Produced by EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle as part of the ROCK EU project, the guide provides practical guidance on improving the environmental sustainability of cultural outdoor events in heritage cities, addressing key impact areas and using international best practice to inspire positive change.
Arts & cultural sector emissions reporting and footprinting
Organisations and initiatives supporting a greener cultural sector
Cultural and form-specific
Environmental and sustainability
- Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
- Resource Efficient Scotland, the Scottish Government programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland helps organisations in the private, third and public sectors reduce costs by reducing energy, water, and raw materials use and managing waste efficiently.
- Scotland’s Energy Saving Trust provides free expert advice, support and funding to help your organisation, staff and clients save energy, lower costs and reduce carbon emissions. They offer help and training on: Employee engagement, Low emissions travel and Sustainable Suppliers
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