Category Archives: Edinburgh

Eco-Congregation Award for Saughtonhall United Reform Church

Saughtonhall United Reform Church has received their 1st Eco-Congregation Award. Congratulations!

Principally the award was awarded for:

–  Their enthusiastic commitment to an eco-friendly church environment.

– The work of the group involved in the installation of the church’s solar panels last year. This progressed very swiftly with all the necessary processes to achieve this fantastic renewable energy source .

–  Making records of the amount of energy produced from the solar panels easily accessible through downloads from the smart meter, noting the CO2 saved and recording this information on the church website. This enables a useful sharing of information with other churches, who can both request detailed information about the panels and visit the church.

– The good link that has been established with the P6 class of the local Eco School.

–  The reuse of items encouraged via the work with Fresh Start.

Well done!

Edinburgh Network Meeting – June 21st 2012

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Eco-Congregation Network will be an outing to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (see on Thursday 21st June.

We will meet at 7.30 PROMPT, inside the East Gate (on Inverleith Row), near the little café. Please don’t be late as you won’t be able to find us after we set out!!

It should be an interesting and lovely evening! Many thanks to Heather McHaffie (of RBGE) for organising this trip, once again, and offering to act as our guide. Heather is planning to take us out of the main garden to the locked Nursery and show us the special collection of Scottish plants, most of which are not ‘on show’ yet. Also, if the weather does turn nasty, she suggests we can go and hide in the potting shed (it has a teaching area)!

Everyone is welcome – hope to see you there!

Win City Car Club membership in Glasgow or Edinburgh

Sharing cars is a great way to drive less – and today you can enter a fantastic competition to help you do just that.

Sign up to the Greener Together campaign now and you could win one of five year-long memberships to the City Car Club scheme in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

By joining the Greener Together campaign, you’ll become one of over 13,000 Scots already helping create a cleaner, greener Scotland. As a member of the campaign, you’ll receive plenty of ideas, tips and prizes to help you live greener.

And if you win a year’s City Car Club membership, you’ll be able to hop in to one of their many cars parked throughout Glasgow and Edinburgh (or 12 other locations across the UK) and pay only for what you use. It’ll save you money (no more tax, insurance or maintenance costs) and by driving only when you really need to, it’ll help us make Scotland a cleaner place!

So sign up to the Greener Together campaign now and you’ll be entered to win free City Car Club membership for a whole year:




Edinburgh Festivals: Green Venue Initiative

Eco-congregations from around Edinburgh whose buildings act as venues met recently with the Edinburgh Festivals Green Venue Initiative.

The Edinburgh Festivals Green Venue Initiative is an ambitious pilot programme promoting sustainable venue management as part of a wider Edinburgh Festivals environmental strategy. The festivals are supporting venues to help shape a future that is sustainable, that respects and enhances the environment and that puts Edinburgh firmly on the road towards becoming the world’s greenest Festival city.

Congregations who act as venues are being encouraged to see their letting as part of their ministry rather than purely a commercial venture. When an audience is welcomed into the church building they are part of the community, and encouraging them to recycle and behave sustainably, even in small ways, counts as a community engagement activity in the Eco-Congregation Award.

For further information see

Get on yer bike 11th January in Edinburgh!

Stop Climate Change Scotland needs your help for just one hour to urge Scottish Ministers to increase funding for cycling and walking instead of funding expensive road-building programmes that will increase Scotland’s carbon footprint. See information poster: Get on yer bike 11th of January!

Scotland has shown global leadership by setting the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. But our Climate Change Act can only set a good example if we actually achieve what we’ve committed to do – and that’s under threat, as the Scottish Government has failed to fund its own plans to reduce emissions.

For more information and to let us know you’re planning to come, please email Gail Wilson, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Co-ordinator –

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