Green Venues Guide

At Nevis, we try to be as sustainable as possible in everything we do. You can read more about us and what we’re doing for the environment here. However, we also want to try and help the venues and communities we visit and perform for to achieve greater sustainability.

Whether you have been working on sustainability in your venue or community for years already, or are just starting to incorporate sustainable thinking into your work, this guide will help you navigate your way towards net-zero and a more environmentally friendly future.

It contains guidance on many aspects of being a venue or community group that you may find yourself working in. If you have any questions or would like some advice, or even have some top tips you have discovered that could be added to this guide then please reach out to our Sustainability Manager Georgina:

What is net-zero and why is it important?

Net-zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gases produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Net-zero is reached when the amount we add is no more than the amount removed.

The Scottish Government has set a target or 2045 for all greenhouse gas emissions to be eliminated, or, in limited cases, to be offset or ‘captured.’ The city councils of Edinburgh and Glasgow have set a target of net-zero by 2030.

Fifteen, or even eight years, might feel like a while off yet, but the scale of societal and cultural change that must happen to reach these targets and avoid major climate change will take time to happen, so it is important that we start acting now.

In 2019, The Scottish Government launched the Climate Change Adaptation Programme to help prepare for the impact of climate change.

What can you do as venues and community spaces?

A significant part of what you can do as venues, buildings and communities is making sure the work you do is producing as little emissions as possible.

However, as a space or community that brings people together from all walks of life, you also have the opportunity to help make much wider societal change. Climate change is as much a technical issue as a cultural one and requires a significant shift in the ways we all live our lives. By bringing people together to share music, food, culture and conversation you have an amazing facility to help ensure that everyone’s voices are heard, and that we all understand the part we can play, however big or small.

Click on the images below to read more about how you can make change and engage your community.

Further Resources

Scottish Classical Music Green Guide – For further guidance and information on topics such as programming and Climate Justice, you can visit the Scottish Classical Music Green Guide, produced by Nevis Ensemble along with over 30 Scottish music organisations. Although it is written with classical music organisations and musicians in mind, you will find much of it is relevant to all areas of creative and non-creative work.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Guide to Climate Justice – A very useful guide developed by Creative Carbon Scotland introducing the concept of climate justice and outlining the ways in which it is relevant to the arts and culture sector in Scotland. It includes lots of further resources and links for understanding and incorporating Climate Justice in your work.

Cultural Adaptations Toolkit – A toolkit to help you understand how culture must adapt to the effects of climate change and how culture and creativity can help create a positive future.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s Guide to Preventing, Reducing and Recycling Waste – A guide explaining the rights and responsibilities of Scottish arts and cultural organisations when considering waste, with advice on preventing, reducing and re-using waste in collaboration with others.

Culture for Climate’s 10 Steps Towards a Just and Green Recovery – 10 steps developed by a Culture for Climate Scotland working group which encourages the culture sector to keep working towards net-zero emissions targets and to do so in a collaborative and inclusive way that contributes to a just and green recovery.

‘How To guides’ from Zero Waste Scotland – A series of short guides covering a large variety of environmental and sustainable topics