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Sustainable: Overview

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Legacy 2014The very location of the Games helped to create a regenerated, well-designed and sustainable community in the East End of Glasgow and wider. We also believe that the way in which the Games were delivered demonstrated environmental responsibility, helping us have a Sustainable Scotland.

This page has two sections. The first tracks progress towards this vision through a set of outcome indicators which examine and assess statistical evidence. The second provides an overview of the Legacy 2014 national programmes and the range of Legacy 2014 supported projects which have been put in place to help achieve legacy outcomes.

Both contain links to each of the individual outcome indicator and legacy programme pages (including to the supported projects page), clustered under intermediate outcomes.

Sustainable: Outcome Indicators



This set of outcome indicators track progress in terms of helping communities live more sustainably, including improvements to the physical and social environment of Glasgow, in particular the East End, and strengthening and empowering communities. We track perceptions of changes to neighbourhoods in terms of overall improvement, facilities, and crime as well as amount of greenspace and reduction in derelict land, among other things.

The sustainable indicators are different from other themes in that we mainly expect the influence of the Games to be in the East End of Glasgow. Scotland and Glasgow level data from the baseline year of 2008 is still included as context. East End data is provided mainly from the GoWell study with 2012 as the baseline year.

It is important to note at this stage that the indicators presented here only form part of the picture. As our work progresses, primary research and evaluation will provide the ‘bottom-up’ evidence that will help assess the contribution of the Games specifically. In particular, the intermediate outcome "Demonstrate sustainable design and environmental responsibility" does not currently have indicators, because it is better captured in other ways.

To note, the following indicators were discontinued after consideration that the influence from the Games was likely to represent a relatively small contribution to observed changes: S12 - Neighbourhood cleanliness; S13 - Rates of recycling; S14 - Waste destination; and S15 - Understanding of environmental responsibility.

INTERMEDIATE OUTCOME: Improve the physical and social environment of Glasgow, in particular the East End
SustainableS1: Perception of neighbourhood improvement
SustainableS2: Perception of local community
SustainableS3: Perception of community facilities
SustainableS4: Perception of community safety
SustainableS5: Perception of crime rate
SustainableS6: International Rating of Personal Safety
SustainableS7: Greenspace
SustainableS8: Vacant and Derelict Land
SustainableS9: Population
SustainableS10: Quality of Living
INTERMEDIATE OUTCOME: Strengthen and empower communities in Scotland and the Commonwealth
SustainableS11: Perception of community influence

Sustainable: Legacy Programmes



Currently, there are 19 legacy programmes that will help in the delivery of the three outcomes under this theme. All but two were newly developed or were shaped to form new opportunities arising as a result of the Games coming to Glasgow in 2014. The others were existing programmes or activity that use the power of the Games to strengthen focus and increase momentum.

Three specifically help improve the physical and social environment and connectivity of Glasgow, particularly the East End; eleven provide support to help empower communities and groups at home and the Commonwealth; and five help demonstrate and spread our sustainable and environmental credentials.

In addition to legacy programmes, there are a number of Legacy 2014 supported projects, ie smaller projects, events and activities happening across the country, that have been inspired by the Games, and which contribute to the national legacy outcomes. The supported projects benefit from using the Legacy 2014 brand and the underpinning brand benefits package. More information on the supported projects can be found Legacy 2014 supported projects, and on accessing the brand at the Legacy 2014-Brand Centre.


Sustainable Legacy Programmes – progress so far

Information on the legacy programmes within this section is drawn from the progress reported by the various partners delivering these legacy programmes, as at the preceding 31st March.

An overview of the legacy story across all themes is available on the Legacy 2014 website.  This website provide various case studies of how individuals, groups, communities, schools and businesses are already getting involved in legacy activity and feeling the benefits, as well as highlighting where opportunities still exist to get involved.

INTERMEDIATE OUTCOME: Improve the physical and social environment of Glasgow, in particular the East End
SustainableGames Venues and Athletes' Village
SustainableClyde Gateway activity
SustainableTransport Improvements
INTERMEDIATE OUTCOME: Strengthen and empower communities in Scotland and the Commonwealth
SustainableScottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme
SustainableSpirit of Glasgow
SustainableSPFL Supporting Scotland's Communities
SustainableLegacy 2014 Pilotlight
SustainableASPIRE Dundee
SustainableSCDC Games Legacy Community Programme
SustainableSFA and Malawi FA
SustainableCommonwealth Saltire Professional Fellowships
SustainableScottish Sport Futures
SustainablePolice Scotland
INTERMEDIATE OUTCOME: Demonstrate sustainable design and environmental responsibility
SustainableLegacy 2014 Commonwealth Woodlands and Cuningar Loop Riverside Woodland Park
SustainableSustainable event management
SustainableKeep Scotland Beautiful
SustainableStalled Spaces
SustainableDalmarnock Hub Playground

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