Communities for Conservation

Ethnic minority communities take action on Climate Change.

NEWS: Communities for Conservation wins first ever Climate Challenge Fund Award 2017

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, the Communities for Conservation project aims at inspiring minority communities to reduce their carbon footprint through energy saving, cycling and food growing. Project activities include home energy advice visits to help householders reduce energy use, carbon emissions and move out of fuel poverty. The project will also offer bikeability classes, food growing workshops and events to mainstream the topic of climate change. The services and activities we offer are free. The project was awarded CEMVO’s Environmental Award in 2016.

We aim to help people from Polish, South Asian, African, Chinese and Spanish backgrounds. If you are from minority ethnic communities living in Edinburgh, you can participate in the following:

  • FREE Home Energy Visits to reduce your energy bills. Those will enable you to monitor your energy consumption and become more energy efficient. We offer some eco-devices.
  • Ethnic Minority Energy Advice Centre (by appointment) to solve any issues related to energy
  • Grow Your Own Food / Gardening workshops training sessions in different community gardens around Edinburgh
  • Workshops, training and discussions about climate change
  • Bike ability training and cycling activities.

We organize regular community events and many other activities. Keep updated and visit the the Communities for Conservation Facebook page and Twitter account.

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2016-2017

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2014-2016

Communities for Conservation is funded by:

Contact Information

For further details about the project, to volunteer, get free energy advice, or join our workshops, events and food growing groups – please contact:

Project Coordinator: Jean-Matthieu
JGaunand@elrec.org.uk

South Asian Community Link Officer: Fahmida
FHuczewska@elrec.org.uk

Polish Community Link Officer: Ewelina
ELukaszek@elrec.org.uk

Chinese Community Link Officer: David
DTai@elrec.org.uk

African Community Link Officer: Dina
Dahmed@elrec.org.uk 

Spanish Speaking Community Link Officer: Irene
IAlvarado@elrec.org.uk

You can also call us at ELREC on 0131 556 0441. We speak English, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Polish, Urdu, Cantonese, Spanish and French.

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