Climate Friendly Practice

Our climate change coordinators at GCVS are here to support your organisation to take climate friendly action. We want to help board and committee members, staff and volunteers to make and implement improvements, as well as to advocate on behalf of the communities you serve.

Our role is to highlight relevant resources, training workshops and events, funding sources and other opportunities in and around Glasgow, and available through GCVS. We support the great climate work already going on and encourage and empower new initiatives.


Climate Friendly practice

How can we help?

By supporting organisations to make positive environmental changes, we are helping Glasgow achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Our support is particularly focused on:
• Managing community facilities
• Delivering local services and
• Initiatives of relevance to local communities. 

This includes advice and help with:
1) Energy usage for community facilities, or to deliver local services
2) Travel and transport
3) Food and water
4) Consumption and waste

Take a look below at how to ‘get started’ and get in touch with our climate change coordinators, Gazelle and Robert, at: with any questions.

Getting Started

Environmental and climate initiatives often go hand in hand with financial benefits, and also with challenges. If you run activities in a facility, you might already have considered how to ‘green up’ the building. Monitoring the energy consumption and an energy audit can help you to see where adjustments can cut your energy costs. When you know the status of, for example, your building’s materials, windows, water, and heating system, you can build a list of actions to take. We do not conduct energy audits ourselves, but we will link you to step-by-step guides and checklists for it. 

An audit will let you know which investments you can make in your building to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and lower your energy bills. In the long run, it can save you money, but it may require investment – the funding situation for improving infrastructure is changing frequently. Look out for funding opportunities in our newsletters.

To mobilise interest and engagement in climate friendly action in the third sector, we also recommend starting the conversation. Are you able to bring this up to your community group, or to your networks, and discuss and share intentions? Sharing ideas and thoughts can build capacity and empower communities, just as technical improvements can.  
The following are likely areas of interest to committees, boards, staff and volunteers where climate friendly approaches could be included in: 

  • Board meetings, planning and direction
    e.g. in risk management, planning future capital works, polices & procedures, providing leadership
  • Day to day operational management
    e.g. good practice when providing services, initiatives or funders that will contribute to green running costs.
  • Communications and training
    e.g. sharing details of training opportunities, highlighting useful resources, encouraging individual staff, volunteers and service users. 
    With our combined efforts we will support Glasgow’s aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Contact us to find out more at or call 0141 332 2444

Training & Events

We offer a range of training workshops and events to give insights and practical advice about various climate related topics. These are often jointly delivered with a range of partners across the city.

Visit our sector development programme on Eventbrite. If you are signed up to our climate mailing list you’ll also receive information about all our events direct to your inbox!


Please read our advice on who can attend our sessions.

Mailing List & Contact Details

Please join our mailing list so we can stay in touch on important and relevant news. You can subscribe here.

To discuss your needs, please contact GCVS climate coordinators Gazelle and Robert at: or call 0141 332 2444

Climate Resources

We have created a short summary of useful links and resources to help you get started on your climate journey.

Download our resource list here for help with:

  • Energy usage for community facilities, or to deliver local services
  • Travel and transport
  • Food and water
  • Consumption and waste
  • Climate change risks and adaptation
  • Guides and tools across areas of energy
  • Funding
  • Official policies


Environmental Grants Directory

One of our most popular resources is our Grant Directory. Find out about grant funding opportunities for environmental causes in your area, using our Directory which is updated each month.

Grant Funding Opportunities for Environmental Causes >>

Read blogs from the climate team here.

Sign up to our mailing list and follow @GlasgowCVS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

GCVS Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Subscribe and stay informed

We'll keep in touch with news, invites and notices, essential for those working or volunteering in the third sector.
Sign up here!