Glasgow is investing in green infrastructure – a network of multi-functional green space and other green features, urban and rural, which can deliver quality of life and environmental benefits for communities.

Investment in Electric Transport

Glasgow City Council is currently investing in a zero-emissions fleet with electric and hydrogen vehicles which will carry out a range of tasks including bin collection, gully cleaning, gritting, and road patching.

Glasgow will also benefit from five 100% electric minibuses, two fully electric people carriers and two new electric buses. During the pandemic, the council re-deployed all-electric vehicles to help vulnerable people attend critical COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Introducing smart infrastructure

The £115million ‘Avenues’ programme‘ will transform 17 key streets and adjacent areas in Glasgow city centre through improving the external environment, encouraging active travel, improving connectivity, introducing green and smart infrastructure – and will place people firmly at the heart of the project’s vision and design strategy. The project is a key part of the city’s efforts to tackle climate change and its impacts.

The Avenues programme is the biggest project of its kind in the UK. The first phase delivered Sauchiehall Avenue and included high-quality publicly accessible space, enhanced pavements, new two-way cycle paths, junction upgrades, a variety of new trees, new bus shelters, cycle stands, seating, improved street lighting and ‘smart’ surface water management infrastructure.

A better and safer built environment for all

Safe water, construction health and safety, and energy efficiency are just some of the themes being tackled by the innovative Built Environment and Asset Management (BEAM) centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Centre’s research focus is on maximising social, economic and environmental benefit through the effective development, use and revitalisation of the built environment – and through engagement with the communities involved.

Negative effects of climate change will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in society. Recent research undertaken by the Centre showed more trees and green spaces are needed in Glasgow’s most deprived areas if those who live there are to be protected from the disruption of climate change.

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Glasgow’s largest office building to be powered with renewable energy

HFD Group has announced it will deliver 100% of the energy for its flagship 177 Bothwell Street office development in Glasgow from an identified, local renewable supply.

Set to be Glasgow’s largest single office building when it completes in Q4 2021, the 313,000 sq. ft. property will receive 2.52 GWh of certified wind energy from Blantyre Muir Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire, located just 15 miles away.

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Recycled aggregate foundation used in Glasgow for sustainable network expansion

Virgin Media O2 has successfully trialled the use of recycled aggregate while building new network in Cranhill, Glasgow, helping to reduce its environmental impact as it expands its ultrafast fibre services to more homes and businesses in the city.

New partnership to benefit built environment and greenspace

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow Caledonian University have joined together to nurture health professionals who will improve our natural and built environment as well as patient health.

Tom Steele, Director of Facilities and Estates at NHSGGC, said: “The partnership is a real game changer as we look towards welcoming COP26 to Glasgow and achieving the Scottish Government’s net-zero and climate change targets. Our student interns, and access to academic resources, are playing an active role in NHSGGC’s sustainability agenda, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

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Green Gown Award Finalists

Recognising exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges, the Green Gown Awards set the bar and put every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals.

Glasgow’s educational establishments demonstrated high standards with University of Glasgow, & University of Strathclyde being named finalists in 2019, & City of Glasgow College doing so in 2020.