Our approach is to Integrate with partners, volunteer groups and other initiatives already operating in the area to:

  • Set the Vision – ROSE
  • Provide expert assistance and support to help companies and organisations adopt sustainable practices AND realise economic benefits
  • Create/design products and services to illustrate how individual companies and organisations can realise economic benefit from adopting sustainable practices, services and products. See Products, Support and Services.
  • Use pilot projects to demonstrate the financial viability of adopting sustainable practices
  • Educate and train others for the future
  • Communicate widely so that we can share experiences and learn from others
  • Move towards widening the community audience (Social cohesion) and Cultural activities

All our products and services are in various stages of development and are listed on the Products, Support and Services page. ROSE will not deliver any of this; it is the vision. This will be undertaken by a new Community Interest Company, local organisations, businesses and other partners or more likely, a combination. The methodology will change to suit the product, support or service.

We have prioritised our approach and set a programme of work covering 3 years, but initially focussed on:

  • The Business Enterprise Sustainability Tool (BEST)
  • Support to the Sustainability Business Support Hub being established by the Caithness Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharing our experiences using the Blueprint for change

See the Products, Support and Services page for others that will follow.

Key stakeholders

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP)

The Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) strategy sets as its objective “ To maintain, and if possible increase, the GDP of the Dounreay travel to work area by actively working to promote existing employment, encourage new employment, and promote the area as an attractive location to live and work”. The partnership co-ordinates the inputs to the Major Projects and Infrastructure that are believed to have the greatest impact on the future of the area and then communicates this to the stakeholders and the general public.

The partnership recognises that Sustainability will have a major impact on the shape of the region in the future and seeks to ensure that all of the partners’ initiatives in support of sustainability are integrated into the CNSRP programme. ROSE is integrated into this programme to help make this a reality.

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Caithness Chamber Of Commerce

They are a key stakeholder in their own right over and above the CNSRP partnership. They operate a Sustainability Business Support hub, aimed at helping businesses throughout the region understand and develop sustainable solutions to help them grow. There is a huge range of support – financial and otherwise – for businesses looking to make their operations more sustainable. They realise that businesses don’t always have time to spend searching through pages of information to find the support that’s exactly right for them. The Chamber team will help businesses take that first step by having a quick, informal chat to understand more about what they are looking for, then finding the right support mechanism and guiding them through the process.

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Environmental Research Institute (ERI), North Highland College (NHC), University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Magnus Davidson
The ERI is part of North Highland College UHI. The ERI have a rapidly evolving research profile and provide a high quality, vibrant research environment. Our young, highly-motivated team have the ethos of multi- and inter-disciplinary securely embedded. The ERI has become a focus for promoting excellence in research in the region, largely due to the ability of its investigators to work with stakeholder, commercial, academic and educational organisations alike. The research institute has specific research theme, Environment, Economy, and Society investigating sustainability issues. They are amongst other things supporting the development of products and education and training programme development.

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Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd

They are a key stakeholder in their own right over and above the CNSRP partnership. As part of the decommissioning mission, Dounreay will inevitably have an impact on the environment and the local community. There are many ways that DSRL can maximise the positive impacts of the site decommissioning work and the value these operations can bring through employment, training, education and by supporting the community to become a healthy and prosperous place to live and work. DSRL will approach sustainability as part of a collective Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group, learning from other sites, but also recognising that there is wider impacts for our community. DSRL is committed to working in partnership with CNSRP and other key local stakeholders to identify areas where integration of site activities can have a positive impact on community aspirations and also learn from community experience with a view to integrating activities to ensure there is one joined-up approach to sustainability for the region.

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Zero Waste Scotland

Helen Lavery
Zero Waste Scotland leads Scotland to use products and resources responsibly. Using evidence and insight, their goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. They provide assistance for integration with Scottish Government activities and support.

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University Of Chester

Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology

Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner
One of the foremost sustainability experts in the UK, supporting the development of products, services and processes and, a Blueprint for Change.

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ROSE SUSTAINABILITY aims to promote the shift of Caithness and North Sutherland’s economy to one where sustainability is prioritised.

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