Glasgow Life champions green thinking as training programme reaches milestone

Glasgow Life, which manages culture and sporting events and facilities across Glasgow, has become the latest organisation to take part in Zero Waste Scotland’s Green Champions training, bringing the total number of trained champions across Scotland to 400.

25 Jun 15

Zero Waste Scotland offers Green Champion training to businesses through its Resource Efficient Scotland service.  The training covers energy, water and waste reduction, providing the skills and tools necessary to successfully improve the resource efficiency and environmental performance of an organisation.

50 energy champions from sports centres, museums, libraries and community facilities across Glasgow took part in the training day in March.  Other organisations including The University of Edinburgh, Nairns Oatcakes Ltd, Radio Forth and Edinburgh Zoo have previously benefited from the training, which is available to businesses in Scotland.  As well as training days, the course can be completed online.

Bobby McQueen, Energy Officer, Glasgow Life said:

“The Green Champions training was an enjoyable and informative day.  It’s always been a pleasure to receive assistance from Zero Waste Scotland, and this was no different. 

“The 50 energy champions returned to their places of work and passed on this useful information from the workshops to their colleagues, ensuring that good energy efficiency practices and awareness is high on the agenda at all facilities.  It was also really useful to learn about recycling and waste – Glasgow Life was at an early stage of getting energy champions involved in this area but the workshop has assisted us to make huge in-roads to improving this.”

This comes as a new workshop and two webinars are announced to help businesses to engage their staff in making environmental improvements.  The workshop will take place at Edinburgh Zoo on Wednesday the 19th of August, with two webinars taking place on Wednesday the 5th and Tuesday the 11th of August. 

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency for Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Good staff engagement is crucial to making resource efficiency improvements in the workplace. Green Champions training is  designed to provide organisations with the information they need to inspire and involve staff, leading to real improvements in the organisation.

“It’s great to see Glasgow Life taking advantage of the training and ensuring that resource efficiency is considered across their facilities.  I’d like to congratulate them, and all the organisations which have completed the training, on their success.

“Over the next couple of months we’re going to be publishing tools, advice and guidance on how to engage your staff in this area. The tools will be available on our website and I would encourage all businesses across Scotland to get involved.”

To sign up to the events or to access guidance and tools on staff engagement, visit

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Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources.  
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