Sustainable communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. They balance and integrate the social, economic and environmental components of their community in order to meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life.
Community Energy Priorities
The Eco-Schools Scotland programme is made up of a set of Seven Elements that are used to plan action on environmental issues and that form the criteria for the Green Flag Award. To earn a Green Flag Award, schools need to follow the Seven Elements, ensuring that Eco-Schools is pupil-led, linked to the curriculum and involves the whole school and wider community.
Eco-Schools Scotland is designed to encourage whole-school community action on Learning for Sustainability. The programme encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. The programme starts in the classroom and expands to the whole school, eventually fostering change in the community at large.
Fair Trade is an international movement for trading practices and guarantees better prices, fair terms of trade and improved working conditions for disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries.
Stirling Council first passed a motion in support of Fair Trade in March 2004 and this, combined with the work of the local Fair Trade Group, led to the award of Fairtrade City Status. This position was updated in October 2012 with a new motion expanding support to assist the local Fair Trade Group to achieve Fairtrade Zone status for the whole Council area. A report to Environment & Housing Committee in February 2018 included an Action Plan to outline activity the Council will undertake to maintain Stirling’s Fairtrade Zone status.
The Council uses Fair Trade tea, coffee and sugar and bananas with some items of Fair Trade chocolate offered in vending machines and over-the-counter confectionery. A number of primary schools are registered as Fairtrade Schools. The first stage in the awards process is to establish the school’s understanding of Fair Trade and the use of Fairtrade products in order to obtain their FairAware Award. Some schools have now started taking action for Fairtrade and obtained the second stage FairActive Award.
Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act - The Community Empowerment Act will help to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them. It will also improve outcomes for communities by improving the process of community planning, ensuring that local service providers work together even more closely with communities to meet the needs of the people who use them