On the move: Sustainabuild Scotland expands to two new cities

A pioneering breakfast club to bring together sustainability professionals from across Scotland’s built environment is launching in two new cities - spurred on by overwhelming support for its Edinburgh event.

Sustainabuild Scotland, a networking movement, which launched in January 2024 has been running its Breakfast Club, network and learn events in Edinburgh each month to great acclaim. Following their Edinburgh success they have announced plans to expand to Dundee and Glasgow.

The Dundee Breakfast Club will be hosted at Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc on Tuesday 14th May with the theme ‘Building for Net Zero.’

The lively networking club will then move to Glasgow on Wednesday 29th May exploring the topic: ‘Retrofitting for Net Zero’.

The events will bring together sustainability-minded organisations and individuals from the construction and built environment to collaborate, share ideas and create opportunities to drive more sustainable practices.

They will follow the format of the established Edinburgh gathering, which includes coffee, pastries and networking opportunities followed by industry leading presentations and a Q&A session.

Matt Colgan, Director of Sustainabuild, said Dundee and Glasgow were ideal locations for the May events, and an exciting next step for the breakfast club’s expansion across Scotland.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be growing our Sustainabuild community across the country. Since we launched in January, we have been hugely encouraged at the support that we’ve received and the great value attendees are getting from participation.

“Launching in two new Scottish cities is a natural progression of this ground-breaking event and we are looking forward to offering more great networking opportunities alongside insightful debate at both venues”.

Speaking about the importance of working together, Matt added: “With the recent realisation that Scotland will not be meetings it's 2030 targets for greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that we continue to drive the agenda for more sustainable solutions. We still have a local and national plan to achieve net zero by 2045, and it is only by collaborating and meeting with the industry regularly that we are going to create real opportunities for change and keep commitments and actions at the forefront of people’s and organisations’ minds.”

Dundee has been at the forefront of the climate change conversation. In June 2019 the City Council declared a climate emergency and established the Dundee Climate Leadership Group to help achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for the city over the next 25 years.

Since then, the city has welcomed some of the UK’s biggest sustainable projects, including the Eden Project Dundee, a multi-million-pound landmark development, transforming the former gasworks on East Dock Street into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism.

The venue for the Dundee event, The Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, has been built with carbon footprint in mind, with natural construction materials used, fuelled by wind power and heated from a neighbouring waste plant.

Gill Simpson, Marketing and Communications Director at Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, added: “We’re excited to be a venue partner with Sustainabuild, bringing this impactful series of events for sustainable building to Dundee. The audience can learn from the Innovation Hub story and be inspired by this unique building. We look forward to welcoming sector-leading sustainable businesses into our engaging space.”

The Edinburgh Breakfast Club will also come together in its usual Edinburgh Park venue on Thursday April 25th looking at ‘Circular Building and Construction’.

In a further exciting Sustainabuild Scotland development, the Breakfast Club has welcomed its first event partner, Brewster Brothers. A recycled aggregate producer in Scotland with operations in Livingston and Cumbernauld – Brewster Brothers has prevented over a billion tonnes of CDE waste going to landfill.

For more information and booking links for all the upcoming events, please visit the Sustainabuild Scotland website: https://www.sustainabuildscotland.co.uk/events

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