An awards ceremony took place last week at Saracen House to recognise the efforts of individuals and groups from North Glasgow who made a difference to their community through raising awareness of Climate Challenge issues.
The event was held to mark the end of a three year project which was funded by Keep Scotland Beautiful, Climate Challenge fund and had the overall aim of reducing carbon emissions in North Glasgow by 223 tonnes of C02e. This target was actually exceeded with 308 tonnes of C02e being saved.
Chairperson of ng homes John Fury who hosted the awards said: “I think it’s marvelous the way everyone in the community got behind our Green Legacy for North Glasgow. It has been remarkable to see the work of individuals, families, staff and schools who have all got involved in a variety of ways. The fact that we exceeded our target tells what a great success this project has been.”
The evening event included a buffet and time for networking followed by a review of the project successes over the past three years.
Awards were presented to residents of the Balgrayhill Multi-Storey flats and Concierge staff for the innovative and successful chute recycling programme.
Sheltered Housing residents of Gourlay Street/Kemp Street received awards for growing their own produce and Carron area sheltered residents for their Generation Knit project.
Possilpark and Parkhouse residents received an award for community recycling and upcycling events and the Chancers community group for their Love Food Hate, Waste Cookery sessions.
Singled out for special praise were two of the Community Green Champions, John Thorburn and Maggie McCart, who have been ever present and supported a whole host of events.
The work of the Schools Green Champions were an important part of the night with 14 schools receiving awards.
Present on the evening was Head Teacher of Saracen Primary, Evelyn Gibson, who uplifted a joint award for Keppoch Campus together with separate awards for Saracen Primary School and St Teresa’s Primary School. Evelyn said: “What a wonderful surprise – I shall take this back to show all the children, they will be thrilled, thank you so much.”
Distinguished guests at the event who helped to present awards included local MSPs Bob Doris and Patricia Ferguson, Baillie Allan Stewart and Cllr Chris Kelly from Glasgow City Council, Marina Fraser from Zero Waste Scotland, Bill Rossine, ng homes Board Member, Inspector Janie Thomson Goldie of Police Scotland and Alan Inglis, Vice Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College.
Members of the community who attended the celebration were also encouraged to sign up for a ‘Plot in a Box’ containing soil and fresh herbs and community clean up campaigns.