This year’s conference was a vibrant and dynamic event which focussed very much on the impact our members and stakeholders are making in the community based resources sector. With so much good work being done at national level, grassroots level and everywhere in-between, it is important that we periodically remind ourselves that this story should, and must, be told. What better place than the CRNS 2019 Conference and Exhibition to bring together a cross section of CRNS members from across Scotland, to share their stories and evidence the amazing impact their organisations are making in their localities. This year we were at the Radisson BLU Hotel, Glasgow and we were grateful for the support of several sponsors. Our headline sponsor was Zero Waste Scotland; with Wheatley Group, Keegan & Pennykid, Social Enterprise Academy and SENSCOT providing valuable sponsorship support also. Conference host this year was Scottish comedian and Radio Scotland host Fred MacAulay, who provided some light-hearted humour throughout the day as well as ensuring proceedings ran to plan. We were very pleased to have the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, attend in the morning to give the ministerial address and also take questions from the floor. Ms Cunningham’s speech emphasised the government’s commitment to tackling climate change, elaborating on the declared climate emergency and Climate Bill and she also went on to advise on the likely timetable and scope of the forthcoming Circular Economy Bill. Andy Dick, Corporate Plan Manager, Zero Waste Scotland next spoke about Zero Waste Scotland’s Corporate Plan which was launched just 2 months ago. Its main purpose is to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly. CRNS CEO Michael Cook then
CRNS Photo Competition 2019 First Prize: £100 Closing Date: Friday 10th January 2020 Theme: “Community Reuse, Repair & Recycling Projects: Local Solutions to the Global Climate Emergency” Photo Competition Overview & Sponsors CRNS is the Scottish membership network for community-based reuse, repair and recycling projects. The sector does a wide range of fantastic activities that have a positive impact on the environment and examples include; furniture reuse, recycling collections, bike projects, repair cafes, tool libraries, community fridges, starter pack projects, upcycling projects, food banks and wood recycling projects to name just a few. We want to help celebrate these projects and tell their stories – this photo competition that showcases their work up and down Scotland is a great way to help do just that! Thanks go out to Resource Futures for sponsoring this photo competition! How To Enter To enter, submit a photograph of a Scottish community organisation (doesn’t have to be a CRNS member specifically) that tells a story of what they are doing under the theme of: “Scottish Community Reuse, Repair & Recycling Projects: Local Solutions to the Global Climate Emergency” 1. Send your images by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th January 2020. 2. Tell us where each photograph was taken, the name of the organisation, your name, address, contact phone number and email address. 3. JPEG Files should be no larger than 6MB 4. Entries by email are preferred but you can also send your images on a CD to CRNS Photo Competition, CRNS, Suite 33, Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen Place, Stirling. FK8 2DZ. Rules & Regulations 1. The competition is open to individuals. 2. All images should be submitted as digital JPEG files. 3. The image should be LANDSCAPE orientation. 4. Digital images should be high resolution
We are delighted to publish our 2019 Impact Report titled “LOCAL SOLUTIONS TO THE GLOBAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY”. This sets out how the community resources sector is delivering a more circular economy in Scotland. The full report can be downloaded here. You will see from this report that our sector is working hard to bring many valuable and inter-connected environmental, social, economic and community benefits. # We have also commissioned four spotlight videos which demonstrate how our members are caring for the Planet, People, Pounds and Place which we are pleased to share below. Over the last year CRNS members have: • PLANET – Diverted over 37,000 tonnes of valuable resources from landfill, saving an estimated 75,000 tonnes of CO2. Through environmental education work our members are also enabling significant behaviour change in their local communities. • PEOPLE – Helped overcome employment barriers, with over 1,000 jobs, and 5,500 placement and volunteer opportunities. Furniture reuse shops, starter packs, community fridges and foodbanks are all helping alleviate poverty and tackle homelessness. • POUNDS – Provided valuable contributions to the local and national economy with a combined turnover of £75million. The CRNS Reuse Consortium has achieved the significant milestone of £1million traded income since it was launched in late 2016. • PLACE – Responded to the unique needs of local communities across all 32 Scottish local authority areas, whether in the rural Highlands, a remote island community or one of our major cities. For change to be sustainable it must be grounded at the local community level. The purpose of this report is to highlight how the community resources sector is responding to these global and national priorities at the local level.