Scotland’s first Sustainabuild Scotland breakfast club hailed a success

26/01/2024

MORE than 40 professionals battled through Storm Jocelyn for a morning of insightful discussion on the green skills gap faced by Scotland’s building and construction industry at a unique conference space at Patina, in Edinburgh Park.

Representatives from a wide range of businesses with an interest in sustainability and the built environment came together for Edinburgh’s first Sustainabuild Scotland Breakfast Club.

Matt Colgan, Director for Sustainabuild Scotland, said he was delighted to see such a variety of businesses with an interest in sustainability represented at the event.

He said: “From construction giants to interior designers, educators and energy companies, it was wonderful to welcome such a diverse mix of professionals.”

He added: “It was a great start for our first Breakfast Club, which we anticipate will quickly become the monthly must-attend event for any business with an interest in driving sustainability within Scotland’s built environment.”

Delegates heard from a trio of speakers, including Ian Stuart, Educational Support Officer at East Lothian and Midlothian Councils, Deborah Mooney, Consultant (Partnerships) at Zero Waste Scotland and Dougie Bell, MD of The Edinburgh Boiler Company.

The topic for discussion was “What strategies can be employed to tackle the shortage of green skills in the built environment and construction sector?” – after a recent report by Skills Development Scotland highlighted that £90bn of investment in green industries across Scotland was predicted over the next three years.

Chaired by Natalie Daniels, Sustainability Director for property-focused PR company, Building Relations, speakers brought innovative solutions to the table, including making sustainable building careers more appealing to a younger and more diverse workforce, upskilling current workers and the educational learning programmes already underway at schools and colleges to help build for a greener future.

After a lively Q&A session, guests enjoyed networking as well as coffee and pastries at Patina, an artisan bakery and restaurant with a dedicated conference space all housed in a smart building that is powered entirely on renewables, in Edinburgh Park.

Sustainabuild Scotland is a new, monthly networking event in Edinburgh, bringing together sustainability professionals from all areas of Scotland’s built environment and construction sector.

Each month it will have a different focus and will feature expert speakers who will lead the conversation on key sustainability topics including green skills, sustainable construction methods, the role of renewables in the housing sector, and much more.

The next Sustainabuild Scotland Breakfast Club event is being held on Wednesday 28th February at 9am at Patina, focussing on sustainable building materials.

To book your space, click on the link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainabuild-scotland-breakfast-club-tickets-803114245327?aff=erelexpmlt

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