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About us

Find out more about who we are and what we do

We are Scotland’s public sector network on sustainability and climate change!

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) is Scotland’s public sector network on sustainability and climate change. We support over 600 members across public bodies in Scotland on their journey to net zero. 

The network supports the public sector to drive action on climate change, scaling up impact through leadership, policy, and research.

Our vision, mission & aims

  • Vision: Scotland’s public sector fully engaged in enabling Scotland to achieve its climate change targets while securing a green recovery from COVID-19 and demonstrating leadership in the just transition towards net zero emissions and sustainability.
  • Mission: Supporting and empowering public sector collaboration to accelerate action on climate change and deliver a sustainable future for all.
  • Aims: To support members and public sector organisations to address their climate change duties and demonstrate leadership on climate change and sustainable development. We aim to support public sector action in three inter-linked thematic programmes, Net Zero Places, Net Zero Indirect Emissions, and Net Zero Public Sector Organisations.

Structure of the SSN

SSN is an un-constituted entity, based on a close partnership between network members, core/principal funders, and the University of Edinburgh’s ECCI.

Our strategic partners are drawn from the sectors named in Public Bodies Climate Change Duties – including NHS Scotland, EAUC Scotland, COSLA and other major players.


SSN has over 600 members across Scotland's public sector. Membership is open to all public sector professionals with a focus on delivering positive action on climate change and sustainability.

The Network offers a programme of support, capacity building, communications and events focused on key themes and offering peer-to-peer support and wider networking opportunities. Our member updates, newsletter, and website provide platform for communications and resources from and to the wider sustainability and low carbon community.

Find out more and become a member here.

Steering Group

The Steering Group is SSN’s member-led leadership forum. It provides a senior-level space for public sector practitioners and decision-makers to engage directly with the Scottish Government, to collaborate with peers from across the public sector, and to steer the development of SSN.

Steering Group members are drawn from the SSN membership. SSN’s strategic stakeholders – the Scottish Government, COSLA, and EAUC Scotland – are also represented on the Steering Group. 

Find out more about the Steering Group here.


The secretariat is a team of four people based at the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

Find out more about the team and get in touch here.