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Pupils at Cullivoe Primary School celebrate achieving their sixth Eco Schools Green Flag award. Photo: SIC

CULLIVOE Primary School has received its sixth Eco Schools Green Flag Award from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The award recognises the school’s commitment to ‘Learning for Sustainability’ and is an internationally recognised accreditation for excellence in sustainable education.

The Dunrossness and Sandness primary schools also currently hold Eco Schools Green Flag Awards, with other local schools also working towards gaining certification.

Cullivoe head teacher Claire Lawson said: “Over the past two years we have been working on improving our school grounds, and learning more about types of energy and why energy prices have risen.

“This is alongside our work on climate action which is so important at this time. Being awarded our sixth Green Flag is a huge achievement for our school and we will be celebrating our success with our families and local community.”

LERWICK Port Authority has joined the ORION Clean Energy Project as a strategic partner.

The port joins the partnership alongside Shetland Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Net Zero Technology Centre and the University of Strathclyde.

The ambition is to transform the Shetland region into a centre for secure and affordable clean energy. 

Lerwick Port Authority chief executive Captain Calum Grains said: “Participation in the ORION Project dovetails with our commitment and actions to reduce carbon emissions in our operations and facilitate development of clean energy sources.

“We are looking forward to working with the strategic partners in the ORION initiative, offering the port’s comprehensive capabilities to play a major role in securing Shetland’s renewable energy aspirations and transition to Net Zero, to develop infrastructure and support a thriving supply chain.

“Among the steps we will take, decarbonising all our operations is a priority through various environmental initiatives, including larger-scale projects such as future shore power options for vessels and technologies for clean bunkering.”

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THE SHETLAND Athlete Travel Award Scheme has opened for new applications for the first round of 2023/24 funding.

The scheme offers Shetland-based athletes financial support for competition and training on the Scottish mainland.

Applications to the first round funding for activities taking place from 1 April to 30 September 2023 are now open. The deadline for applications will be 13 March.

For more information on the Athlete Travel Award Scheme, including guidelines and how to apply, visit here.

SOME minor car parking restrictions will be in place at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick in the coming weeks.

DITT will be working in the car park around the estates department from Monday (20 February).

Fencing will be used to prevent unauthorised pedestrian access during the works.

The work is expected to take eight weeks and two car park spaces will not be available during this time.

Some car parking spaces will also be unavailable between 6pm on Friday 24 February and 4pm on Saturday 25 February while SSE upgrades the Cairnfield Road substation.

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