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Ready, Steady, Go GREEN2014

Launch of seven month public programme on environmental legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Derek MacKay, Minister for Local Government and Planning, today (10 April 2014) officially launched GREEN2014 – a seven-month programme of exhibitions, events and education led by Architecture and Design Scotland at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

The programme – which is supported by Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and partners – will give visitors a deeper insight into the environmental sustainability legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games, explore Glasgow’s successful bid, how the Games will have positive impacts for the city and country, and how the Games are meeting the highest environmental standards.

Minister for Local Government and Planning said:

“The XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting success, that will not only bring together thousands of elite athletes, volunteers and spectators in an incredible festival of sport and culture.

“The Games has sustainability at its core, from the building infrastructure right through to the management of waste, sustainability has been considered at every stage of the process. This exhibition is a fantastic platform to for local residents, visitors, school children and professionals alike to explore the environmental legacy of the Games.”

GREEN2014 provides a rich programme of events and exhibitions that celebrates and showcases a range of legacy projects that are being delivered by the Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government and various partners as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The exhibition will demonstrate how these projects are contributing to the event’s success, while at the same time creating a legacy that will benefit the citizens of Glasgow, the people of Scotland and visitors for years to come.

Speaking before the launch of the GREEN2014 programme, Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive of Architecture and Design Scotland said:

“There is always an intention to create a lasting legacy from large scale events like the Commonwealth Games, however, research indicates that success requires to be well planned and executed, and built-in to projects from the outset. To ensure a positive outcome, Games partners have been working together since 2007, creating a robust legacy programme, which people are already benefiting from. We are delighted to be able to host a programme that allows the public to explore this legacy.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, Convener of the Sustainability and Environment Policy Development Committee, said:

"Our preparation for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has already left the city better off economically, environmentally, and socially and we're already delivering our legacy ambitions.  The city is a greener place through the work and legacy projects you see here today.

"Glasgow aims to become one of the most sustainable cities in Europe and this exhibition is a fantastic way to highlight what we have achieved, as well as the exemplar work going on across the city."

GREEN2014 will feature activities of interest to both the general public, through a flagship exhibition and a variety of open events, and to professionals through workshops and a professional development event programme.  Highlights include:

  • An exploration of the venues and an opportunity to meet people connected with them through photographic essays.
  • An introduction to the Legacy for Scotland and Glasgow's 20 Greener Legacy projects – ranging from renewable energy infrastructure to urban bee keeping to the children’s play ‘The Worm’.
  • Events that bring the environmental legacy to life – whether through active architectural tours or fast paced lunchtime talks.

Find out more about the programme of events on or via twitter @ArcDesSco using the hashtag #GREEN2014legacy