First steps (2011-2012)

Posted on Sep 8, 2012

First steps (2011-2012)

Having developed a vision and action plan under the initial round of Climate Challenge Funding, this project set in motion the ‘first steps’ to achieving some of the objectives set out in the vision and action plan (Dunbar 2025).

Our relationship with East Lothian Community Council has been consolidated and the concept of ‘resilience’ is becoming embedded in the work of the East Lothian Community Planning Partnership

Our Local Resilience Action Plan published in printed form. This has generally been very well received and is proving extremely useful as a guiding framework for Sustaining Dunbar’s future activities and priorities.

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Achievements are summarised below and elaborated more fully on the report website.

  • 121 households are actively engaged with our Household Canny Challenge project and ten ‘Neighbours Together’ groups  have formed.
  • We have developed a successful and replicable model for engaging and supporting households to reduce their carbon footprints, working with and through schools as a way of reaching families at the same time as helping schools fulfil ‘green flag’ requirements.
  • Sparewheels Car Club has been established as an independent carshare club.
  • More people are walking, cycling and using public transport with an estimated reduction in car mileage of over 290,000 miles.
  • A method of household worm composting has been successfully developed and tested and has been taken up by six schools and 72 households.
  • A scheme for a 500kW community owned wind turbine has been finalised and proposals for an ambitious 16.1MW community wind farm for East Lothian developed.  
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