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Highland Council helps staff have a Green Impact with new carbon reduction programme

By Andrew Dixon

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Highland Council is launching a new carbon reduction programme for staff as part of its commitment to tackle the climate emergency.

The local authority’s climate change team has created an interactive way for departments and teams to improve their health and wellbeing, connect with other staff across the organisation and make positive changes to the workplace and their environment.

The programme is called Green Impact and staff have access to an online toolkit.

Awards will be handed out after staff have completed their actions, which they get up to nine months to do.

Councillor Trish Robertson, chairwoman of the council’s climate change working group, said: “When Highland Council officially recognised the climate emergency in 2019 we committed to do everything in our power to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our environment.

“But it’s not always about the big changes we can make. Green Impact is an excellent programme which I hope everyone will find both interesting and rewarding.

“We all have a personal responsibility to tackle climate change and this programme provides a fun and engaging way to do so.”

Staff teams will also be supported by students from the University of the Highlands and Islands to complete their actions.

Council climate change co-ordinator Joe Perry said: “There are lots of fun and interactive ways staff can get involved with the Green Impact programme and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”

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