Environmental impact

This theme looks at the the environmental issues of development on and around the river, including the impact of transport plans and the conservation of local wildlife.

Several environmental issues are also considered in the River basin section particularly in the areas of water quality and the risk of flooding. You can find more environmental material in the Green Network section.

The environmental impact of Clyde Waterfront has been carefully considered. Some of the factors taken into account are:

  • Reducing the need to travel - people can live, work and use local facilities within a compact area. The development is within an existing urban area and close to a lot of people.
  • Encouraging walking and cycling - high quality routes are being created along and leading to the waterfront.
  • Decontamination of derelict land - all of the sites being developed are brown field land sites which needed to be cleaned up.
  • Recycling - use of recycled materials is incorporated into new construction projects. Much of the demolition materials from the old buildings are reused and recycled as well. There is a large processing facility for making aggregates from demolition rubble at Scotstoun.

Lesson/project ideas

Title Short description Related curricular areas Age group
Chair design By using k/u of design & construction processes and taking inspiration from Clyde architecture, learners will produce work that will be judged by a local design company and a Clyde developer. Expressive Arts, Languages, Religious and Moral Education, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Lower Secondary
Clean up the Clyde Learners as active citizens and taking responsibility for waste disposal by designing an attractive bin for school use with supplementary campaign materials. Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Science, Technologies Upper Primary, Lower Secondary
Conservation of local wildlife Impact of the regeneration process on local wildlife and raising awareness of peers and local community to protect the wildlife through a conservation project Expressive Arts, Languages, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Upper Primary, Lower Secondary
Design a recycling unit By working as designers briefed to write a detailed specification on behalf of a client, learners present their ideas to the client, for example reps from SMT in school, city council, local developers or companies who design and manufacture and distribute such equipment. Social Studies, Technologies Upper Secondary
Design an eco-friendly car Applying understanding of percentages, SDT (speed, distance time) and finance in a project to design a car that runs on both petrol and battery power. Expressive Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Lower Secondary
Documentary drama Research environmental issues and learn about aspects of documentaries. Learners will present to peers by way of a docu-drama, their findings, concerns and solutions on the environment. Expressive Arts, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies Upper Primary, Lower Secondary
Eco transport challenge Problem solving and creativity used to design and build a mode of transport which is environmentally friendly and complete a presentation of findings to an audience. Expressive Arts, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Lower Secondary
Environmental impact of recycling and regeneration Design and make a regeneration product from recyclable materials for which the learners will complete a design project and report for peers and local authority environmental dept. panel to promote recycling. Expressive Arts, Languages, Social Studies Upper Primary, All Secondary, Lower Secondary, Lower/Middle Scondary, Upper Secondary
Fish hatchery Learners work in partnership with a science ambassador to grow trout in hatchery based in the school and when ready release into open water. Science, Social Studies Upper Primary
Fossil fuels Campaigning for change by writing to influential person after applying understanding of 'burning fossil fuels' in a project to find ways of reducing the impact on the environment. Health and Wellbeing, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Lower Secondary
Futuristic Clyde transport By considering how transport could be improved along the Clyde, and using skills in design and planning, learners will create a photomontage of the Clyde waterfront to present for a competition judged by a transport provider. Expressive Arts, Languages, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Lower Secondary
Land use changes along the Clyde Record the land uses along the Clyde, both in a report and 3D model, and present to peers and exhibit for parents. Languages Upper Secondary
Transport on the Clyde Apply knowledge and understanding of technology to design a new public boat service for river transportation Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technologies Upper Primary
Urban animals Produce a display of work based around their study of urban animals for showcasing at a school assembly/parents' night/community event. Languages, Social Studies, Technologies Upper Primary
Woodwork bookend Craft project in which learners are briefed and assessed by a local craftsman to design and make a wooden bookend inspired by their environment. Expressive Arts, Languages, Technologies Lower Secondary