About Sustaining Dunbar

Since 2008 Sustaining Dunbar has been bringing people together to support new initiatives which create local jobs, help people cut their fuel bills and grow more food. This will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce CO2 emissions and make it easier for us to cope with future extreme weather and challenging economic times.

Sustaining Dunbar is a Development Trust and a Charity:

Sustaining Dunbar has a membership open to anyone living in the Dunbar and East Linton Council Ward and it is free. The Members elect the Board of Directors who are responsible for running the Charity.

Households and local groups do not need to be members in order to get our practical support.

We have various active projects (see list on the right side of this page and diagram below). Some of our projects have funding, mainly from the Scottish Government, and some are not funded.

Funded Projects: Previously we were fortunate to have funding from the Scottish Government to pay part-time members of staff to deliver The Household Canny Challenge project which gave practical support to people in and around Dunbar and East Linton to reduce their use of fossil fuels. We had 4 support teams: Energy AdviceConnecting Dunbar (local sustainable transport), Incredibly Edible Dunbar (local food growing) and Worms Work (food waste composting) all working with households and schools to reduce carbon emissions, and to measure and record how we did this, so that what we learn could be shared around the country.

We have also received funding from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation towards the development of Belhaven Community Garden and from Zero Waste Scotland for our Zero Waste Town project.

The diagram below illustrates the projects Sustaining Dunbar have helped to get started (and are now independent of Sustaining Dunbar) and previously active projects and trading subsidiaries.


We are grateful to all the volunteers who get involved in our various projects. For more information about volunteer opportunities click here.

Our volunteers include our hard working board members.