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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Scotland’s Steps Towards Sustainability

With more and more businesses seeking assurance that they are visiting a sustainable destination, many of Scotland’s key conferencing venues are "greening" their operations to ensure they meet this demand. VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Unit reveals just a few green facts about Scotland’s meeting venues:


John Hope Gateway Visitor Centre in Edinburgh

The £15.7 million John Hope Gateway visitor centre at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Garden is a shining example of green construction and sustainability. The inspirational building has been designed to reduce its carbon footprint through plenty of natural light, high insulation levels, natural ventilation, and a rainwater harvesting system to flush WCs  - even the chairs and tables have been created with timber previously felled and seasoned from the Botanic Gardens themselves. 


Winton House in East Lothian

Green Tourism Award winner and exclusive-use venue, Winton House, boasts an 850 acre estate of forestry as well as 1,450 acres of farmland which contributes to about 2,500 tonnes of carbon being absorbed from the atmosphere (the same as the carbon emissions from 250 average households!). The venue in East Lothian also makes efficient use of energy by heating both its house and five estate cottages by a wood chip fired boiler which is estimated to save some 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.



Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre, Glasgow


For the past three years, the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre has committed to planting trees for events booked at the venue. This support has enabled award-winning conservation charity, Trees for Life, to plant over 68,000 trees and resulted in a vast contribution to the restoration of Scotland’s Caledonian Forest.



Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway in Ayrshire

The new £21m Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which opened the doors to its brand new exhibition space this December comprises a raft of sustainable features including the use of ground source heat pumps, labyrinth heating, a heat sink wall and sedum roof.