What has changed in the last 5 years?

In 2009 Sustaining Dunbar carried out a survey to gauge how easy it was for people living in the Dunbar District to: conserve energy, access local food, walk, and cycle or use public transport to get to school or work, work locally and feel connected and know more about what is going on in your area. We are now carrying out a survey to gauge if you have noticed any improvements in these areas.

Click here to fill in this survey.

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The Household Canny Challenge

Spread dunbar.orgThe Household Canny Challenge is the Sustaining Dunbar project funded by the Scottish Government and works to help achieve Scottish Government objectives.

The programme supports households and Schools to reduce their C02 emissions through actions they choose to take such as: draught proofing and insulating their homes/ schools, reducing energy use, generation of renewable energy, growing more of their own food, wasting less food and reusing food waste to make rich compost, reducing waste going to landfill, and changing how they travel to school and work. Continue reading

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Wingate TRA launch Helping Hands

Helping Hands WTRAToday Wingate TRA launch ‘Helping Hands’. Helping Hands is a project the Wingate Tenants and Residents Association has developed as part of their Neighbourhood Resilience Plan. This is a voluntary initiative which is about neighbours caring about neighbours and not an alternative to emergency services of any kind.

The aim of this initiative is to give people a way of alerting their neighbours if they need a helping hand.  For more information please contact Wingate Tenants and Residents Association:   07947 723579

For more information about Neighbourhood Resilience Plans in the Dunbar District contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org

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Zero Waste Christmas Event

December 10, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

snowmanWith Christmas just around the corner we’d like to invite you to join us to get ready for and celebrate this special time of year at our Zero Waste Christmas Event

Wednesday 10th December , 7-9pm, at the Bleaching Field Centre, Dunbar.

It will be an evening of festive fun, filled with inspiration and ideas of how we can all enjoy a greener Christmas.

We’re thrilled that we’ll have Mairi Brown from Love Your Clothes join us for an up-cycling Little Black Dress workshop, and we’ll have stalls filled with activities and ideas for a Zero Waste Christmas: mending and embellishing clothes, up-cycling decorations, DIY Christmas Jumpers and delicious recipies for leftovers. You could even pick up some stocking filler vouchers for free draft proofing, free bike workshops and much more. Wine and Canapés will be severed throughout the evening.

For more information: libi@sustainingdunbar.org

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Bee School

November 30, 2014
11:00 amto12:30 pm

queenofthesunBee School – 30th November: 11.00a.m. Sunday@ Belhaven Community Garden.

Whether you wish to become directly involved in Dunbar Community Beekeeping next season (spring,summer) or want to increase your understanding of just what this might entail, this first winter class should provide a good opportunity to network with beekeepers with some experience and to share your aspirations with other like minded people.

I would be really grateful if you could let me know by 21 Nov if you can attend this event and if you want to bring along anyone else you know who might be interested. Someone linked with the community garden who is also keen to get involved in beekeeping has kindly volunteered to bring lunch on the day for us all so we do need to know about numbers.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes
Steve Tossell steve@eastlinks.freeserve.co.uk
or contact: sue@sustainingdunbar.org

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Community energy storage and supply: feasibility study, analysis and specification

local united picSustaining Dunbar aims to bring people together to plan and start creating a low-carbon, sustainable and resilient community. Its aspirations include community involvement with the generation, storage and distribution of energy, as well as support for the dramatic reduction in energy demand. Sustaining Dunbar has formed a consortium with Community Energy Scotland to investigate innovative approaches to local energy matters.

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