City of Edinburgh

We are pleased to share success stories, learning and reflection from the Climate Challenge Fund through the final reports of projects from across the City of Edinburgh.

Chain Reaction (Reducing Carbon through Active Travel & education), MY Adventure's Cycling

Grant awarded: £98,795.62

Project Dates: 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2016

Chain Reaction (Reducing Carbon through Active Travel & education) was a programme of cycling activities delivered by young people in the Muirhouse Pilton and Granton areas of Edinburgh. The young people were supported by a Development Officer from local social enterprise MY Adventure's Cycling. The project worked to help local people move away from car use towards active travel, reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change while also improving health. Chain Reaction delivered cycle training, bike maintenance, guided rides and provide affordable year round workshop facilities for public use to encourage the move towards travel by bike.

Read the final report:

Chain Reaction - CCF Final Report

 

Climate Challenge Initiative to lower carbon foot prints in the South Asian communities in Edinburgh, run by Nari Kallyan Shangho

Grant awarded: £116,425

Project Dates: 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2016

Nari Kallyan Shangho worked to raise awareness of climate change amongst South Asian communities in Edinburgh and ways that they could reduce their own carbon emissions. A combination of paid staff and trained volunteers worked to help the community save energy in the home, reduce food waste and move away from car use towards lower carbon travel options such as cycling.

Read the final report:

Climate Challenge Initiative - CCF Final Report

 

Communities for Conservation, run by Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council

Grant awarded: £184,778.73

Project Dates: 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2016

Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council worked with diverse ethnic minority communities to reduce carbon emissions in the areas of energy efficiency and food through the Communities for Conservation project. Project Officers and volunteer co-ordinators worked with communities and offer home energy efficiency advice, food growing training sessions and waste advice. There were also opportunities to learn more about climate change through 'Carbon Conversations.'

Read the final report:

Communities for Conservation - CCF Final Report

 

Leith Community Food Project, run by Leith Community Crops in Pots

Grant awarded: £98,650

Project Dates: 1 April 2014 - 1 February 2016

Leith Community Food Project in Edinburgh worked to help the community grow their own food at sites including Leith Primary School, Stanwell Nursery and Dr Bell’s Family Centre. The project, run by Leith Community Crops in Pots also provided information on sourcing sustainable food and how to reduce food waste. These activities aimed to reduce food related carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change while also increasing community cohesion and enhancing health and wellbeing.

Read the final report:

Leith Community Food Project - CCF Final Report

 

Leith Schools Food Project, run by Leith Community Crops in Pots

Grant awarded: £108,966

Project Dates: 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

Leith Schools Food Project, run by Leith Community Crops in Pots, worked to reduce food related carbon emissions through establishment of community growing space at three local primary schools and initiatives to encourage production and consumption of local, lower carbon produce. Additional project activities include a programme to help reduce food waste and encourage composting.

Read the final report:

Leith Schools Food Project - CCF Final Report

 

Magdalene Community Food Growing Project, run by Community Alliance Trust

Grant awarded: £119,251.24

Project Dates: 12 January 2015 - 1 March 2016

Magdalene Community Food Growing Project was run by Community Alliance Trust to bring together residents at Magdalene council estate in the East of Edinburgh to build their own community garden. The project worked to offer fifty community members space and training to grow their own healthy produce with low food miles, while practical cookery workshops aimed to show how to reduce food waste. The garden aims to provide a base for establishing other edible landscaping projects in the estate in coming years.

Read the final report:

Magdalene Community Food Growing Project - CCF Final Report

 

The Edinburgh Use Less Stuff Hub, run by The Swap and Reuse Hub, SHRUB

Grant awarded: £87,274.37

Project Dates: 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

The Swap and Reuse Hub, SHRUB, is a student led, non profit cooperative whose aim is to significantly reduce carbon emissions caused by waste from the transient student population in central Edinburgh going to landfill. The Edinburgh Use Less Stuff Hub project worked to enable swapping, fixing and upcycling of discarded items and will empower members to reduce consumerism, cut waste and gain new practical skills. The Scottish Government's ISM Tool was be used to evaluate the impact of applying local carbon reduction strategies.

Read the final report:

The Edinburgh Use Less Stuff Hub - CCF Final Report

 

Garden Globe Community Growing Project, run by Jack Kane Community Centre

Grant awarded: £102,963

Project Dates: 1 August 2014 - 31 March 2016

Garden Globe Community Growing Project, ran by Jack Kane Community Centre in Edinburgh worked to bring the local community together in Craigmillar to transform an area of derelict land into a community growing space. In addition to reducing carbon emissions through production and consumption of local food the project shared food-growing knowledge and help to improve diets. It also encouraged residents to grow local, think global - choosing lower carbon foods and understanding their role in reducing local and global carbon emissions.

Read the final report:

Garden Globe Community Growing Project - CCF Final Report

 

Heat of the Moment, run by Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project

Grant awarded: £78,942

Project Dates: 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

Heat of the Moment was a project to support informal carers and those with a disability or long term condition in Edinburgh and the Lothians to adopt a low carbon lifestyle. The project was run by Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project (MECOPP). Project activities included home visits and workshops to improve levels of home energy efficiency and recycling and to reduce food waste. As well as reducing carbon emissions and raising awareness of climate change the project worked to help tackle fuel poverty.Read the final report:

Heat of the Moment - CCF Final Report

 

Himalayan Centre Climate Change Hub run by the Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture

Grant awarded: £70,510

Project Dates: 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

The Himalayan Centre Climate Change Hub operated from the Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture in Leith. Advice was available to help the local community reduce home energy use and carbon emissions with the hub also providing a meeting space to learn more about climate change. A bike pool and cycle training supported lower carbon travel while swap shop events reused items that would have been destined for landfill.

Read the final report:

Himalayan Centre Climate Change Hub - CCF Final Report

 

Welcoming a Greener Future, run by The Welcoming Association

Grant awarded: £145,613,

Project Dates: 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016

A project run by The Welcoming Association that worked with members of Edinburgh’s migrant communities to reduce carbon emissions associated with home energy use and waste. The project offered advice on ways to reduce energy use in the home and how to effectively reuse, renew and recycle. In addition to helping combat climate change the project helped to reduce home energy bills and offered unemployed members of the community the chance of work experience.

Read the final report:

Welcoming a Greener Future Final Report