Opportunity: Workshops on the ‘Environment Connecting Theme’ for your RFO Application

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Workshop dates will soon be announced for exploring Creative Scotland’s ‘Environment Connecting Theme’ in their upcoming RFO Applications.

Every applicant for Regular Funding will be required to show how they will address the Environment Connecting Theme. The best applications will apply innovative and creative approaches to environmental sustainability. With the Scottish Government poised to bring in a more ambitious Climate Change Act in early 2017, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your application, imaginatively develop your environmental sustainability work and show how the arts, screen and creative industries are helping to deliver Scotland’s world-leading climate change commitments.

Early in the new year, we will be holding workshops on the Environment Connecting Theme and encourage all RFO applicants to come along and learn more.

What is the Environment Connecting Theme?

Creative Scotland believes that RFOs are expected to embed each of the four connecting themes across their organisation and work. They have provided the following guidance:

Across the network of organisations that we will fund, the key outcomes in relation to Environment are:

  • Reduce the direct environmental impacts of our work
  • Influence others on issues relating to the environment

What is the criterion for Environment?

How well is Environment embedded across all aspects of your organisation and its work?

How will we assess this?

We will particularly look for:

  • Any systems in place to measure your carbon emissions, any policies or plans for environmental sustainability including reducing your emissions.
  • A Board or staff member who has responsibility for or actively champions environmental issues within the organisation and that there is a clear structure to address any issues.
  • Any opportunities where you are taking the opportunity to influence others with whom you engage

How Creative Carbon Scotland can help

The current group of Regular Funded Organisations (RFOs) were required to measure and report their carbon emissions from April 2015, and did so for the first time this September.  We’ll continue to provide support in this area and new applicants or current RFOs wanting further help should contact Fiona MacLennan, our Carbon Reduction Project Manager to discuss their needs.

Early in the new year, we are hoping to run free workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow to help applicants consider how they can strengthen their applications in these areas:

  • Communicating their own work on environmental sustainability to audiences, suppliers, staff, freelancers and artists
  • Programming work that touches upon or explores environmental sustainability and climate change, both within and outwith the organisations’ usual programme
  • Engaging staff with climate change and environmental sustainability more widely

We’ll discuss the areas you might think about and provide examples of interesting work from around the world. The workshops will last about 2 hours and refreshments will be provided.

Please check back next month for updates on workshop dates and locations.

We will offer further workshops in different areas around the country if there is demand – please get in touch with Ben on ben.twist@creativecarbonscotland.com if you’d like us to arrange a session near you. And in January we will be running our first webinar to enable people who find it difficult to attend a meeting to participate. Again, please contact Ben if you want further information.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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