Category Archives: Aberdeen

Resource Efficient Scotland training workshops: Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh

Waste prevention action planning
Glasgow Hampden, 25 March 2014
Aberdeen Pittodrie, 26 March 2014
Edinburgh Murrayfield, 27 March 2014

A free half-day workshop that will help you develop an effective waste
prevention plan for your organisation and identify the things you can start
doing today to prevent waste,  increase profits and stay legally compliant.

The new Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect on January 1st 2014. This
FREE Waste Prevention Action Planning workshop has been specially designed to
help Scottish organisations understand their new legal requirements and to help
them take this opportunity to save money through effective waste prevention

To reduce your costs and stay compliant, book your place today.

2013 Local Networks Seminar

The 2013 Local Networks Seminar took place on 7th September in Dunblane Cathedral Halls.  The Seminar is organised to provide  an opportunity for networking between the networks, to provide ideas for action and for networks to give feedback to ECS.  This year 14 of our 17 networks were represented and they participated in discussions ranging from “Ways of Understanding the Human Role in Creation” to looking at issues such as plastic recycling, recruitment and personal lifestyles.  Swap Sessions on ideas for network activities were also a main feature of the day.

A full report of the Seminar can be downloaded here.

Local Networks Seminar 2013 Report

Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire Eco-Congregation Network Meeting and a Talk by Rev Trevor Jamison – Wednesday 9th October, at 7.30pm in Holburn West Parish Church

The Rev Trevor Jamison, our new Environmental Chaplain, is coming to speak at the next Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire Eco-Congregation meeting on Wednesday 9th October, 7.30pm in Holburn West Parish Church, 9 Ashley Park Drive, Aberdeen, AB10 6RY.

Trevor will be focusing on worship with a talk entitled: “The Theatre of God’s Glory: resources for Christian worship that’s grounded in creation”.

I attach a poster and would be grateful if you could print it out and display it. As always the network meetings are open to all, so please publicise this talk through your church notices/intimations and announcements.

All Very Welcome!

131009 Aberdeen shire network poster

Food, Green Deal and Climate Challenge Fund Events for Community Groups

Climate Challenge

There are a number of FREE (or in one case nominal charge) events taking place in September and October that we hope you may find interesting.

Whether you are interested in Community Growing, the Green Deal or applying to the Climate Challenge Fund (or Junior CCF) the below events should help and support you.


24th Green Deal and Communities Event, Edinburgh (free to attend)

25th Growing Community Projects Along The Food Chain – Making The Links, Glasgow (please note, small charge)

26th Green Deal and Communities Event, Inverness (free to attend)


2nd  Climate Challenge Fund Project Planning Workshop for Ethnic Minority Community Groups (October workshop), Glasgow

10th Fraserburgh Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

10th Fraserburgh Junior Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

23rd Community Placemaking Workshop, Penicuik, Midlothian (free to attend)

28th Kirkcaldy Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

28th Kirkcaldy Junior Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

You can book online (or email the event organiser to secure your place) for most of the events by following the links above.

The events have been organised by independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful who manage the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and a number of additional partners including Federation of City Farms and Gardens, the Energy Saving Trust and Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations (CEMVO) Scotland.

For the full listing of events please see the Climate Challenge Fund events webpage.

Finally, the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is very much OPEN for applications with next draft application deadlines of 30th September 2013 and 6th January 2014. Funding of up to £150,000/yr per project is available for community groups to run projects that reduce carbon emissions and lead to community improvements.

Why not check out the ‘project themes’ section of the Climate Challenge fund website to find out more about CCF funding for:

installing energy efficient measures in community owned buildings

providing energy efficiency advice

community growing

lower carbon transport

something different

Please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Mullens on 01786 468245, or another member of the Climate Challenge Fund team at Keep Scotland Beautiful if you have any further queries on 01786 468779.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow

Whose World? Who Cares? – Professor Sam Berry – Thursday 31st October 2013

Hosted by Banchory Ternan West Church, you are invited to a talk by Professor Sam Berry, from University College London, which is to be held on Thursday 31st October at 7.30pm in the Centenary Hall, Mount Street, Banchory.

Creation-care: Christians generally fail to recognize the implications of the biblical mandate to act as God’s agents in caring for His world. It is an area wide open for evangelism, because one can join with non-Christians in a common concern – but we can give the latter a reason for action which is more than mere utilitarianism. It is also globally crucial as we face climate change, growing population, energy and food insecurities, etc. Christians should be in the lead, but as in so many other matters, we are perpetually trying to catch-up.

Prof Sam Berry was involved in the setting-up of Eco-Congregations in England in the late 1990s.

All are welcome to what should be a thought-provoking and inspirational evening!