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Sustainability initiatives[edit]


Findhorn Ecovillage, (Wikipedia)

Local sustainability initiatives[edit]

Please see our local or city pages via the Scotland category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Initiatives by topic[edit]


Scottish Wildlife Trust - Wikipedia: Fauna of Scotland, Nature conservation in Scotland

Climate action[edit]

Scottish action on climate change - Scottish Communities Climate Action Network - Climate change information from the Scottish government - Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Community currencies activism[edit]


Community energy[edit]

Aberdeen Community Energy - Callander Community Hydro Project - Community Energy Scotland - Diturbinengwall Wind Co-op - Microgen Scotland - Spirit of Lanarkshire, wind energy co-operative.

Wikipedia: Renewable energy in Scotland, Wind power in Scotland, Gigha, Wind turbines

Community involvement[edit]

Action for Planning Transparency, a group made up of members of the public, based in the Highlands of Scotland - Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy in Scotland - Scottish Community Alliance - The Scottish Parliament, e-Petitioner

Cycling activism[edit]

Black Isle Bicycles - Cycling Scotland - The Bike Station, bicycle recycling and cycling promotion charity for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth - Stirling Cycle Hub

Education for sustainability[edit]

Earthship Fife: Sustainable Communities Initiatives - Eco-Schools Scotland

Food activism[edit]

Dundee Urban Orchard - Nourish Scotland - Slow Food Perth - Scottish Crofting Federation - Soil Association Scotland

Ethical consumerism[edit]

Plastic Bag Free Selkirk

Social inclusion[edit]

Scotland’s Outlook Scottish charities campaign to "shine a light on the scale and impact of the poverty crisis in our communities."

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

Paths for All - Transform Scotland, registered charity based in Edinburgh (charity number 041516). They campaign on issues regarding sustainable transport, encouraging improved transport policies and practice. The organisation is made up of 63 member groups, including those from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Transform Scotland works closely with their sister organisation in England and Wales, Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). - Traveline Scotland, plan any public transport journey within Scotland

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

Proposals to test basic income at the municipal level have lately (Oct 2017) gained considerable political support in Scotland. [1]

Trees, woodland and forest[edit]

Trees for Life, (Wikipedia): award-winning registered charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest and its unique wildlife to the Scottish Highlands. The charity was formed in 1989 by Alan Watson Featherstone. The Caledonian Forest once covered a large area of the Highlands of Scotland as extensive stands of majestic Scots pine, interspersed with birch, rowan, juniper and aspen trees, but is now reduced to less than 5% of its former extent. Through planting native species of trees, removing non-native species and fencing seedlings to protect them from overgrazing by deer and sheep, Trees for Life aim to help the natural regeneration of the forest. Their long-term goal is to create a fully restored, healthy ecosystem, which will include the reintroduction of missing species of wildlife, such as the European beaver, wild boar, Eurasian lynx and Eurasian wolf. The vast majority of their work is carried out by volunteers. By engaging people from diverse backgrounds, they aim to achieve a powerful and educational experience that will promote the work of restoration to wider audiences and lead to increased support for the return of the forest and its species.

Woodland Trust Scotland

News and comment[edit]


Lesley Riddoch on the "power of local" - communities taking control in their own way, Nov 10 [2]

From Scotland, a proposal for a new level of self-defining community power: Development Councils, Nov 3 [3]

Scotland to ban all plastic straws as Holyrood backs Sunday Mail campaign, Feb 11 [4]


Shock figures reveal park life at an all-time low, Nov 5 [5]

Communities to be given 'direct voice' in local authorities' spending decisions, Oct 29 [6]

Scotland to set up publicly-owned, not-for-profit renewable energy company, Oct 11 [7]

Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition, Oct 3 [8]

Huge increase in use of local renewables, Jun 12 [9]

Switching short journeys to bike can save Scots up to £2,000 per year, Apr 26 [10]

Cyclists across Scotland turn out to demand better deal, Apr 22 [11]

Stirling Council celebrates 1,500th solar install as battery storage pilot commences, Mar 3 [12]

Over 1,100 homes to be offered solar by North Ayrshire council, Feb 1 [13]

Cumnock to become Scotland's first fully 'Green Town', Jan 29 [14]

Scotland named one of world’s top ‘circular economy’ nations, Jan 8 [15]

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland, Jan 1 [16]


Stirling communities to be in the driving seat of change, Dec 19 [17]

Scots must opt for electric cars if target for slashing emissions is to be met, Dec 5 [18]

Good sports ... wind boost for Skelmorlie! Wemyss Bay and Inverkip also to benefit, Dec 4 [19]

Beavers given native species status after reintroduction to Scotland, Nov 24 [20]

The community land rush spreading to urban Scotland, Oct 16 [21]

Scotland bans energy firms from setting fire to coal seams to produce gas, Oct 6 [22]

Scotland Has Put The Public At The Heart of Its Plans For Climate Change - And Just Look At The Results, Sep 20 [23]

Turning Scotland ‘green’, Sep 13 [24]

Scotland second to Sweden in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Western Europe, Jul 31 [25]

Scotland beats climate emissions reductions target six years early, Jun 14 [26]

Wind power provides electricity for 75 per cent of Scots homes, May 2 [27]

Scottish Parliament votes for total fracking ban, Jun 2 [28]


Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80%, October 20 [29]

Why Scotland should create its own currency: the ScotPound, September 10 [30]

Why land reform must be urban too, August 26 [31]

Scotland’s Environment Secretary launches circular economy consultation, August 20 [32] Circular economy will help create jobs and protect environment, say Friends of the Earth Scotland [33]

Scottish land reform is on the agenda. And the rest of the UK should take note, June 25 [34]

UK’s first data service for towns and cities launches in Scotland, April 28 [35]

Scotland's plastic bag usage down 80% since 5p charge introduced, April 17 [36]

Scotland's path network extension plan unveiled, March 19 [37]


Local food revolution gathering pace, September 3 [38]

Community Energy Policy Statement sets out the Scottish Government’s record of support for community energy and new ambition for holistic local energy solutions, August 18 [39]

Scottish Government says no to UK fracking plans, August 15 [40]

Dunbar announced as Scotland’s first Zero Waste Town, August 6 [41]

30 new marine reserves for Scotland, July 25 [42]

Half of children in Scotland getting to School on foot, bike or scooter, May 30 [43]

“For the first time, anywhere in the world, a community-owned tidal turbine is generating electricity,” Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing, May 21 [44]

Scottish universities given funding for low carbon projects, April 27 [45]

Trying out low carbon electric bikes, April 11 [46]

One tree at a time: restoring the forest of Caledon, February 3 [47]


Greener Together Blog, Greener Scotland



April 25 Pedal on Parliament


May 17 Warming up for the Commonwealth Games at Lang Craigs, plant a tree in the Commonwealth Grove at Lang Craigs

March 8 - 14 St Andrews Green Week


  • Community involvement: Summary of the Evaluation of the Impact of the National Standards for Community Engagement, July 2008, The Scottish Government
  • Environment, information from the Scottish Government
  • Greener Scotland one-stop website for greener living, provided by the Scottish Government
  • Scotland's Environment, website steered by a partnership chaired by the Scottish Government.

Citizens data initiative[edit]

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics, the Scottish Government's programme of small area statistics in Scotland.

Understanding Scottish Places


Scotland's greenspace map - Who owns Scotland


Local communities in Scotland[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Scotland, Sustainable development in Scotland

External links[edit]

  • Common Weal, 'think and do tank' campaigning for social and economic equality in Scotland



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  1. @BasicincomeOrg
  2. The Alternative UK
  3. [ The Alternative UK]
  6. @eveningexpress
  8. The Guardian
  9. @Shetnews
  16. The Guardian
  20. The Guardian
  24. @NewStartMag
  25. The Independent
  26. The Guardian
  28. The Independent
  29. BBC News
  30. NEF
  31. Scottish Community Alliance
  32. ScottishGovernment
  33. Friends of the Earth Scotland
  34. The Guardian
  35. Carnegie Uk Trust
  36. The Guardian
  37. BBC News
  38. The Scotsman
  40. Friends of the Earth Scotland
  41. Zero Waste Scotland
  42. The Ecologist
  43. Sustrans
  44. Shetland News
  45. BBC News
  46. Sustrans
  47. The Ecologist