About the Think Green campaign
East Renfrewshire Council's 'Think Green' campaign, and what we all can do to promote a greener and more Sustainable East Renfrewshire.
East Renfrewshire Council acknowledges it has a responsibility to balance social, economic and environmental objectives and to ensure the wellbeing and sustainability of future generations.
Our 'Think Green' campaign has been developed to help council employees and local people get involved with sustainability, to promote our green activities, to support the development of green work-practices across council services, and to inform people on how to be greener.
Think Green is also designed to help improve upon our current duties as a council, which include:
- Promoting recycling and waste reduction.
- Improving energy efficiency in council buildings and housing.
- Addressing fuel poverty and helping local people reduce their energy consumption.
- Encouraging sustainable transport.
- Promoting and encouraging healthy activities and lifestyles across East Renfrewshire.
For information and advice on how to do your bit for your local environment, please feel free to email the Think Green Team:
We'd love to hear from you and as part of Think Green we are asking for you big GREEN ideas.
What we have signed up to do:
- Energy Management Policy Statement August 2015 [1Mb]
- Environmental Sustainability Policy Statement August 2015 [343kb]
- Scotland Climate Change Declaration August 2015 [714kb]
10 simple steps to a greener lifestyle
As part of our Think Green campaign we are asking local residents and staff to initially follow 10 simple steps to a more greener and sustainable lifestyle:
- Turn off electrical appliances when you're not using them - a single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost over £50 a year.
- Be 'water wise' - British households waste £68m a year by overfilling kettles, whilst cutting a minute off your shower time could save £125m a year.
- Reduce your waste by reusing and repairing.
- Don't waste food - in Britain our food waste results in 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents being emitted each year.
- Recycle your waste - one recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
- Get on your bike - we have access to first-class cycle routes in East Ren and support all our pupils to become cycling proficient.
- Volunteer and give your time to make a difference in your local community.
- Support local East Ren retailers and farmers - eat local, seasonal food and boost your local economy and high street.
- Buy sustainably - look for products that have been made with respect for the environment.
- Support Fairtrade for better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By taking such steps and by working together, we can continue to make East Renfrewshire a thriving, attractive and sustainable place for residents and businesses to grow, whilst also helping the local and wider environment, and reducing our climate change impacts.
Environmental campaigns and initiatives
Environmental campaigns and initiatives are a great way of engaging with others about environmental issues. It is also a good way of promoting the importance of protecting our earth and its environment. We like to promote and engage with campaigns to make sure we are doing our bit to reduce our environmental impacts.
Please visit our dedicated page on the campaigns we advocate and support:
Additional advice & support
The council are happy to offer advice on sustainability, energy efficiency and carbon management. However, there are other programmes offering additional advice and support which may be better suited to your needs:
- Home Energy Scotland - is a Scottish Government programme managed by Energy Saving Trust. Advice is offered on energy saving, renewable energy, sustainable transport, waste prevention and more. With a network of advice centres throughout Scotland, Home Energy Scotland's expert advisors offer free, impartial advice to householders, community groups, private sector landlords, local authorities, housing associations and businesses.
- Energy Saving Trust (Scotland) - is based in the UK, leading in the field of delivering energy efficiency to domestic, business, local government and trade sectors. It provides useful publications, news and resources.
- Resource Efficient Scotland - is an advice and support programme designed to help businesses, the public and third sectors save money and reduce energy, water and waste.
- Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) - is a non-profit organisation/charity helping businesses and individuals reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.
Waste & recycling
- Zero Waste Scotland - is funded by the Scottish Government to provide information on waste management; includes advice on recycling, reusing, reducing rubbish, with news and links to public awareness sites.
- Recycle for Scotland - part of Zero Waste Scotland, Recycle for Scotland provides advice and information on how to recycle, helping to protect Scotland's natural environment and make our communities nicer places to live in.
- Recycle Now - is a national recycling campaign supported and funded by Government, and managed by WRAP. They help people to recycle more things, more often.
- Scottish Government Environment - the environmental section of the Scottish Government web site.
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) - is Scotland's principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland's environment.
- Scotland's Environment Web - brings together everything you want to know about Scotland's environment in an easily accessible form.