18 March 2021

Committee hears about development of Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee learnt about the development of a strategy aiming to encourage responsible energy, waste and water management in school buildings.

Council services and communities will work together to protect and increase biodiversity as well as safeguard the environment and protect natural surroundings at schools, community campuses and other educational facilities as part of the Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.

A key element of the strategy is the creation and implementation of a Sustainability Policy for Schools which will be developed with pupils and school staff along with support from elected members and colleagues from other council services.

Initiatives in the policy include the development of plans with schools to implement initiatives for the management of green spaces on school sites. Possibilities include areas being used for growing food, planting orchards and polytunnels; opportunities for greater levels of food and general waste recycling and a reduction in the amount of paper used.

Laurence Findlay, Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Education and Children’s Services, said: “It is pleasing to see such a collaborative approach taken to a vitally important issue that will play a big part in the lives of the children and young people attending our schools. It is therefore great that pupils are involved in the implementation of this strategy along with other council services. By working together, we can collectively make a difference.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Interim Head of Resources and Performance Anne-Marie Davies MacLeod, added: “I have confidence that the range of activity planned within our strategic approach will make our schools more sustainable as well as provide opportunities to educate and empower children and young people as leaders and agents of change in our response to climate change and sustainability.”
The report is available in full by visiting: http://committeesinternal/committees.aspx?meetid=19550

You can also watch a webcast of Education and Children’s Services Committee by visiting https://aberdeenshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/home