Dundee City Council's story
To launch, we developed “HubFest” creating a buzz around the city and connecting with the launch of Dundee’s Active Travel Hub The events programme then included the Zero Carbon Tour, hosted in partnership with PlanetMark and the Dundee Science Centre. The Dundee Eco Schools Conference, which was held online and attended by over 700 pupils from 17 schools across Dundee. It included workshops on Eco Schools action planning, litter and waste, and energy, hosted by partner organisations Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scrap Antics and Bright Green Hydrogen. The Festival of the Future COP26 Series was hosted by the University of Dundee throughout October. Dundee Rep hosted a PechaKucha Night with a climate theme. And Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc hosted a Demonstrator and Showcase Event, which showcased innovative projects and technology within the Sustainable Mobility and Decarbonisation sectors.
In addition to the city wide events, Dundee City Council Senior Management are receiving mandatory Carbon Literacy Training delivered in partnership with the Carbon Literacy Project and Keep Scotland Beautiful, equipping them to adjust plans to reach the net-zero target and encouraging change on a personal level. All staff training modules have been rolled out and Sustainable Dundee developed presentations educating staff about COP26 and featuring Climate Leaders sharing stories of change throughout the programme.
The success of the events will lead to Legacy projects post COP26.
Useful learnings from Dundee City Council
Despite barriers to collaboration due to the pandemic, Sustainable Dundee was able to bring together 21 stakeholders through virtual collaboration to plan and deliver a successful programme of events for the city. By working with a variety of partners from different backgrounds and sectors, we were able to put on a breadth of events that attracted vast amounts of positive feedback from staff, schools, communities and partner organisations.
Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and the success of the events, a legacy will continue post COP26 through future events and collaboration.