At heart, this category champions the fundamental role that councils and their partners play in driving forward vibrant, prosperous local communities across Scotland. Recognising that solutions to challenges must be sustainable, the award champions projects that are helping create sustainable communities and sustainable development.

Winners have demonstrated their capacity to deliver clear social, environmental and economic outcomes. Their activity may relate to work being undertaken to improve or regenerate the local environment, aid economic recovery, manage resources or energy responsibly, or to foster and develop growth. Small-scale through to large-scale projects are included, but in all cases the winners have demonstrated  good practice in terms of community engagement and partnership, how they are helping communities take control of their economic prosperity, and evidenced that their approach represents innovative or best in class performance.


Dumfries & Galloway Council- The Sky At Night – A Lighting Strategy for the Future

In 2012 Dumfries and Galloway Council agreed to prudential borrowing of £7.4M to replace all 22,047 lamps and fittings in the street lighting stock across the region with LED lighting. This work was driven by the need to make energy and maintenance savings (through reduced faults) and reduce carbon emissions. The approach had been developed following the success of the Galloway Forest Park Dark Skies Project which relied upon changing the street lighting to a lamp choice that minimised light pollution within the Park and has been critical in the development of the Moffat Dark Sky Community.  The success of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and Moffat Dark Sky Community is the motivation to look to develop a Dark Skies Reserve for the region of Dumfries and Galloway.

Download the application:  The Sky at Night


East Renfrewshire Council – Restoring and improving the heritage and facilities of Rouken Glen Park

Rouken Glen Park is the largest and most popular park in East Renfrewshire. Recent times have seen unavoidable reductions to finance and personnel allocated to the park. This had resulted in a slow decline in the condition of the park’s assets that we were keen to turn around.  The objective was to revitalise the park’s key assets, increase visitor numbers and build a sustainable future for the park. We did this through a comprehensive modernisation of the pavilion visitor centre, the construction of a new children’s play area, extension of the Glen Walks and extensive enhancements to the eco system of Rouken Glen pond.

A restoration and improvements programme building on the park’s historic assets but using modern approaches and techniques was designed to focus on events and visitor attractions to sustain visitors to the park. Consulting with and supporting various groups of users of the park confirmed the expectations visitors have for the park.  ERC have worked collaboratively, drawing in specialist expertise where required to ensure we have made the best possible improvements to the park. East Renfrewshire Council invested £1 million to bolster external funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People award of £2.15 million.

Download the application:  Rouken Glen


Glasgow City Council- ECO ICT Management Software
The introduction of ICT energy management software ‘ECO ICT’, which has the capability to monitor and manage all networked ICT equipment including desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers, copiers and telephones, has significantly reduced the energy consumption and resultant CO2 footprint associated with our building related electricity consumption. In addition, installation of the software has opened up a number of opportunities for integration with other building systems. This allows for detailed data analysis and therefore more focused and effective building management. This project, the first of its kind in the UK, will support Glasgow’s journey towards becoming a smart, sustainable ‘Future City’.

Download the application: ECO Management


Glasgow City Council – GRREC Community Benefits

The Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre (“GRREC”) is a state of the art waste treatment facility being delivered in partnership by Glasgow City Council and Viridor (Glasgow) Ltd which is set to transform how Glasgow deals with their residual waste and reduce Glasgow’s reliance on landfill. The facility is designed, built and operated by Viridor (Glasgow) Ltd over a 25-year contract period. Community benefits are fully embedded and embraced at all levels of the partnership with notable achievements to date including:

  • Stimulating business growth with the award of over £17.5m in work opportunities within Glasgow, many of which were awarded to Small & Medium Enterprises and Social Enterprises
  • Provision of 128 free capacity building workshops and events to encourage local businesses to improve their operating practices
  • Employment of over 300 people during the construction period alone including the recruitment of 92 New Entrants
  • 159 work experience placements and 15 apprenticeships

Over 2,500 visitors to site, including 84 schools and some 1,378 pupils.

Download the application:GRREC


Glasgow City Council – Sustainable Green Markets

The City Property Markets team operates the largest wholesale fresh fruit, vegetable and fish markets in Scotland. They also provide a number of community partnerships across the city through managing regular farmers markets at Southside and Westend as well as a number of retail markets.

By continually improving upon operating procedures and striving towards zero waste, the team last year received the ‘Best Wholesale Market 2016’ at the Great British Market Awards, a Herald Society Award and the much recognised Glasgow City Council Flourish Award. These awards are in recognition of the hard work and professionalism of everyone on the team and reflects on the progress made in making the markets more environmentally friendly through greater recycling of food waste which in turn is helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and contributing to the council’s aim to make Glasgow one of the most sustainable cities in Europe.

Download the application:Green Markets


North Lanarkshire Council- It Pays to Switch
Saving our residents money and enabling them to heat their homes to a comfortable level – that’s the focus of the all tenure It Pays to Switch campaign. The increasing challenges faced by many within our communities, such as the 23,600 workless North Lanarkshire households, are affected by both rising energy costs and other increasing cost pressures. Delivered by the council’s Energy Team, the campaign looks to tackle the levels of fuel poor within North Lanarkshire. With vulnerable households less likely to switch energy supplier without some support, our effective marketing of the campaign has promoted and facilitated access for all.

Download the application:  It pays to switch


Perth & Kinross Council – Zero Waste Highland Perthshire
This project has successfully inspired a rural population with limited access to reuse and recycling facilities to reduce waste and gain new skills in areas such as repair. With the help of local volunteers, a sustainable legacy has been left behind and a great many social benefits have arisen.

Download the application:  Zero Waste