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Scottish Student Sport’s sustainable initiatives take root

Scottish Student Sport is pioneering climate action within its network

Scottish Student Sport (SSS), the co-ordinating body for College and University sport in Scotland, is pioneering climate action within its sporting network.

Through a number of initiatives, sustainability has now become embedded within the organisation and the staff team is now taking the lead in educating their colleagues at institutions across the country.

Legacy of sustainability

SSS's Trees for Life grove, a pioneering initiative aimed at fostering a legacy of sustainability within the student sport network, is now in full swing in the picturesque region of Glen Afric. The project has seen a shift in the way gifts and awards are presented at their annual Conference, Festive Gathering and other notable points throughout the academic year, with trees being planted in honor of the recipients instead of traditional gifts. As a result, hundreds of saplings have already been planted under the SSS banner.

In line with its commitment to sustainability, the organisation has also developed a comprehensive sustainability toolkit, providing tailored advice to College and University Unions and Clubs on adopting eco-friendly practices.

Training and changes

At the recent annual conference at Queen Margaret University Alan Peddie, the Sustainability Training Manager from the University of Edinburgh, delivering an insightful session on sustainable practice in sports to a diverse cohort of staff members representing colleges and universities from across Scotland.

Furthermore, their determination to lead by example has led to SSS implementing various sustainable measures, such as transitioning to plant-based meals during events, encouraging the use of public transport and car-sharing through their expense policy, and adopting environmentally friendly sports equipment where possible, such as biodegradable bamboo golf tees. The entire staff has also completed Carbon literacy training and is actively working towards accreditation. 

As part of their ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability, SSS has set up a sustainability page that houses their timeline and toolkit, where members can track their progress in building a greener and more sustainable sporting community.

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