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Tools and Guides

We have a range of practical tools and guides that will help you cut costs, reduce waste, and save energy and resources

Scroll down our list, to source what you need to build in resource efficiency to your business :

Green Champions

If you’re keen to go green, our free, online Green Champions training course, broken into bite-size, 20 minute pieces, is designed for busy businesses like yours.

The course includes the case for resource efficiency; how to assess your energy use and needs; quick fixes to upgrade your lighting, heating and water; waste management policies covering reduce, re-use, recycle; and improving staff engagement and senior support.

You can choose to work through the whole course or cherry pick a selection of self-contained modules. Complete the foundation modules to receive your CPD certified Green Champions certificate and access partical and advance level modules. 

Resource Efficiency Pledge

This Scottish Government-backed scheme encourages Scottish businesses to save energy, water and raw materials, by showing their commitment to resource efficiency. 

Take the Pledge, and select three actions to tackle in the next 12 months. These range from reducing your electricity usage by five per cent, to promoting the use of public transport, to reducing the litter your business may accrue. 

In return we can give you branded marketing materials to promote your environmental commitment and one-to-one support to help you complete your chosen actions. And we'll award successful completion with a bronze certificate, which can be further upgraded to silver, gold and platinum.

 

Resource efficiency at work

To help you train your staff, we have developed the Resource Efficiency at Work module with a free training video, downloadable presentation, quiz and employee certification.

Staff engagement toolkit

You can dramatically reduce your costs by simply motivating staff to make small changes to their behaviour. Whether that’s using less energy, water and raw materials, or simply reporting leaks and recycling better. 

Run your own switch-off campaign

Save energy, and the environment, at the flick of a switch. It really is that easy, and will save you a surprising amount of money. A switch-off campaign is a simple, effective way to engage your staff, and customers, with the business of saving energy, and highlight how much energy we waste every day through leaving lights burning in empty rooms and items humming on standby. Our free resources, including stickers, posters and light-switch templates, will inform, amuse and inspire action. Go on, switch off that currently unused electrical appliance right now!

Green office guide

The office can have a heavy carbon footprint. Lighten the load with our essential green office guide, the practical handbook for the in-house eco-warrior. Containing all you need to know to slash water and energy consumption, and reduce waste, through thoughtful procurement, re-use and recycling. Not only will these ideas help you to clean up your act, it will trim your overall costs and buff up your environmental credentials.

One day, all offices could be like this! Grab our green office guide and get ahead of the field.

How to set up a green team

For real change, your office needs its own dedicated task force. A green team, in other words. Find out how to recruit the right people, how to make the business as well as the environmental case for change, how to get everyone on board, and deliver real, sustained improvements. They'll develop their careers, while you develop your sustainability.

A green team is a vital, home-grown resource that will boost your brand and turbo-charge your drive for resource-efficiency.

Environmental management systems (EMS)

Improve your environmental efficiency, cut costs and send out positive, eco-friendly signals to your staff and customers alike, with a coherent, certified environmental management system. We'll help you assess your environmental impact, identify targets, track progress and review it all afterwards.

Want a gold star? We'll show you how!

Green retail app

Designed with the small retailer in mind, our free green retail app gives you all you need to start saving on your waste, water, and energy bills today. This handy guide includes the basics of eco-friendly retailing to get you kick-started, a host of top tips culled from our experience working with organisations just like yours, legislation information, an introduction to sustainable procurement, and much more!

The app keeps you posted with the latest news, reviews, and upcoming events. Its easy read, attractive format makes this the perfect, portable resource for the small outlet, and it's absolutely free. 

Green town

Want to know what the future could look like? Then visit Green Town, a virtual sustainable community in an urban setting, with its own cosy pub, trendy bistro, college and engineering firm.

One click and you could be inside the Stag and Walker, making a whistle-stop inspection of the kitchen, discovering how energy can be saved when cooking, storing, and dishwashing...Fun and informative, this is a user-friendly, attractive and memorable way to learn about sustainability.

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