Dundee Climate Fund 2.0 Topics
Dundee's community has proposed the following project ideas. While the Dundee Climate Fund encourages applications that align with these community suggestions, it's important to note that we are open to considering other proposals as well.
Energy: reducing consumption, promoting energy efficiency, use of renewables
- Renewable energy and heating projects that promote sustainable energy production for small-scale community-owned buildings and activies.
- Support for people applying to Home Energy Scotland renewable grants
- Establish a community renewable energy education programme.
- Offer information sessions and advice on energy efficiency and heating.
- Implement a city-wide LED blub swap programme in collaboration with existing initiatives like food larders.
- Sessions for people making their own Wonderboxes.
Transport: encouraging active travel, decarbonising transport
- Fund community-based electric vehicle (EV) sharing initiatives.
- Establish small scale community bicycle/cargo bike share and hire schemes.
- Promote car-sharing within wards.
Waste: reducing waste, recycling, reusing resources
- Set up local accessible recycling points with involvement from community groups to handle items that cannot be recycled at home, such as vapes, batteries, and other recyclables.
- Support community-led education programmes on recycling, food waste reduction, and dog waste.
- Collaborate with the hospitality community to provide classes and support for reducing community food waste.
- Establish community composting initiatives.
- Develop freecycling, swap shops, and community toolboxes within communities.
- Facilitate skill-sharing sessions focused on upcycling.
- Environmental cleanups (i.e. litter picks) including Dighty & beaches.
Resilience: improving greenspaces, biodiversity, local food growing
- Engage community groups in citizen science projects to capture biodiversity data.
- Promote biodiversity education and learning through community-led initiatives.
- Support community greening projects, including the installation of bird and bat boxes in buildings and gardens.
- Undertake projects related to protected or invasive species.
- Integrate biodiversity into existing projects for the benefit of the local community.
- Empower community groups to organise planting and greening activities in urban areas.
- Organise community cooking and taster sessions, potentially connected to food projects like gleaning, larders, fridges or home grown produce.
- Share recipes for food larder items.
- Engage citizens in 'Grow your own', target young children and families.
- Support and develop youth food growing projects, i.e. polytunnels.
- Improve local greenspaces beyond parks, such as by creating wildflower meadows.
- Establish food planters and edible gardens for communities and pollinators with low maintenance requirements.
- Encourage local cafes, particularly in areas lacking facilities, to utilise produce from community gardens or surplus.
- Install water fountains within the community.
- Equipment for community gardens
Community Engagement: increasing public awareness, engaging communities and young people in climate change
- Collaborate with community organisations to raise awareness of climate change and sustainability challenges.
- Organise community-driven sustainability and climate change-focused events and educational sessions, i.e. open community garden events.
- Encourage projects that foster connections between community groups and local businesses, such as community gardens collaborating with the funeral sector to explore sustainable funerals, florists, and coffins.
- Support community-led projects that promote access to greenspaces and encourage nature exploration.
- Enhance existing community events by incorporating sustainability practices.