Sustainable Edinburgh 2020

Uploaded by EdinburghCouncil on 12.03.2012

Hi, I’m Marianne, and I work with the Council’s
carbon, climate and sustainability team.
This presentation, celebrates 20 initiatives, which contribute to the Council’s vision
for a Sustainable Edinburgh 2020, and encourages you,
to think about how we could do more, and do it better.
Hi, I’m Gary Todd from the Hub South East Scotland Partnership,
and I’m involved in developing the new community hub in Drumbrae.
It was important that the partners involved the local community with this development
and one of the ways we managed this, was through a community arts engagement project.
Hi, I’m Euan Kennedy.
Since the introduction of landfill tax and its ever increasing charges
the Council’s Roads Operations Division has sought to ensure that wherever possible
these charges are avoided. Recycling and re-use of road and pavement excavations,
and solid gulley waste, are prime examples of good practice.
The Waste Services Division piloted a food waste collection service in spring 2011
with the waste collected being recycled into compost, bio-gas or liquid fertiliser.
Evaluation of the pilot, led to the Scottish government,
awarding the Council £2.4 million,
to roll out the service to all city households by 2013.
Hello, I’m David. Edinburgh is one of the U.K.’s leading Green Flag authorities
having secured 20 Green Flag awards,
by enhancing the bio-diversity of Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces
for the benefit of people, wildlife, and wider climate impacts.
This includes establishing new woodlands and meadows, such as here at Figgot Park.
Flooding presents a risk to homes, businesses, and the environment,
in many areas of Edinburgh.
And climate change predictions are important to the Council
when planning flood defences. Here at Inch park,
flood defences protect hundreds of properties, storing flood water in a reservoir.
I’m Janice Pauwels, and in 2008 I worked with Currie High School,
on the installation, of an 11 kilowatt wind turbine.
As part of a wider package of energy efficiency measures,
this has helped the school to reduce their carbon emissions
by 70 tonnes a year, saving £12,500.
Well designed and maintained street lighting can have a positive impact
on both crime, and the fear of crime. The Council’s lighting division
also incorporates modern, efficient, white light sources, into our designs,
to reduce energy consumption, and ensure that lanterns, can be recycled.
Hello, I’m Simon. Twenty-first century homes, is the Council’s programme
to build up to 1,300 new homes for sale and rent
over the next eight years.
Sustainable mixed communities are planned in new energy efficient properties,
and the first development of 99 affordable homes in Gracemount,
should achieve Eco Homes Excellence accreditation.
One of the sustainable design features of the new Drumbrae Community Hub,
is the ground source heating system. The 4 pumps that you see here,
extract heat from deep underground, and convert this into energy,
for the building’s system, of under-floor heating and, fan convectors.
Hi, I’m Keith. By block booking 9 cars during working hours,
the Council has anchored the Car Club, and allowed it to grow successfully
to over a hundred cars in Edinburgh.
Each one is estimated to replace 24 privately owned cars.
I’m Chris and I’m involved in implementing the Council’s Active Travel Action Plan,
which supports the use of walking, and cycling, for trips around Edinburgh.
The plan was developed in collaboration with a number of external partners,
and actions will include new facilities, better maintenance, and promotion.
I’m David, and I oversee Edinburgh Council’s twenty four allotment sites
for 1,300 plot holders, such as here at Bridgend.
The Council plans to expand the number of allotment sites city wide,
to reduce the long waiting list, and deliver its sustainability objectives.
The Council, NHS Lothian, and the voluntary sector,
are working together to improve eating habits, in families with young children,
in areas of deprivation across the city.
The aim is to provide parents with practical skills, and knowledge,
to make healthier food choices for their families.
Hi, my name’s Brian. The ‘Get On’ Bus provides a one stop information point
to guide people to appropriate organisations for support with issues
such as employability, learning, and housing.
We also work with these organisations to develop a more coherent
holistic service for their clients.
'Get on' is part of the wider Strategic Skills Pipeline Project.
This provides an operational framework and support structure that helps organisations
better tailor services around the needs of individuals, that will lead to sustained employment.
At the City of Edinburgh Council, we are transforming the way we work,
to enable people to manage their own care and support needs.
By personalising care,
we can offer choice and control over services that respond to the individual.
Hi, I’m Lindsay. The Eco-Schools programme recognises and rewards
the hard work schools are doing to improve their environment.
84% of the city’s schools are registered Eco-Schools,
with children growing vegetables, encouraging biodiversity, and saving water and energy
to help make their school, and wider environment more sustainable.
I’m Fiona. The Fair Trade movement guarantees that producers in poor countries
receive a fair price for their goods and benefit from decent wages,
and working conditions.
The Council passed a resolution to support Fair Trade in 2003,
and has maintained Fair Trade city status, since 2004.
I’m James. I co-ordinate the Council’s participation in Earth Hour each year.
The idea behind Earth Hour is simple.
We all turn off our lights for one hour at 8.30pm
on the last Saturday in March
to symbolically mark our concern for climate change.
We’d like to hear about what you’re doing, to make Edinburgh more sustainable,
and to share ideas about how we might work together,
to do more, and, do it better. For more information,
see our web page at