A £5m investment fund dedicated to sustainability and environmental initiatives has been launched by Ground Control. Investment will range in size from £10,000 to £500,000. Applications are ongoing. For more details, click here.
Regeneration frameworks for Glasgow Districts approved
Glasgow City Council has approved District Regeneration Frameworks (DRFs) for both the Blythswood and Central districts of the city centre. Aims of the Blythswood plan include reducing the negative impact of the motorway and addressing a lack of quality greenspace. Suggestions include re-opening Blythswood Square to the public. The Central scheme outlines plans to take cars away from the city centre, redesign George Square and revamp Hielanman’s Umbrella; also suggested is a green pedestrian loop linking George Square and Blythswood Square with a planned riverside park.
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Trees: the infrastructure of the future?
At the end of last year HM Treasury published the UK National Infrastructure Strategy. Among the many references to 'grey' infrastructure, such as transport, energy and digital, there was a statement about the importance of local green spaces and a renewed commitment to funding tree-planting in England. It's clear that despite the powerful work of the Natural Capital Committee and other environmental economists, HM Treasury still doesn't quite consider green infrastructure to be 'real' infrastructure. But these welcome references suggest that things might be starting to change.
Glasgow declared a global green city
Glasgow has received global recognition as a sustainable city. The Global Green City award, which is supported by the United Nation's Environment Programme, puts Glasgow in the same bracket as previous winners such as Vancouver, Vienna and Yokohama. This year's award was shared with Changsha in the Hunan Province of China. Glasgow was recognised after recording high scores across wide ranging criteria including planning, transport, low carbon and energy efficiency, transportation, buildings, open spaces and the economy.