The Carbon Savings Project aims to make Gate Church International the “Greenest Church in Scotland”.
We have been awarded a grant of £183,744 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help the local community adopt low carbon lifestyles while providing help to those experiencing material poverty across Dundee.
Our project consists of five carbon savings initiatives:
We will establish a Community Fridge to reduce food waste in our community and to help alleviate food poverty in Dundee. We will partner with Hubbub, who have already helped establish a number of community fridges, using their existing template to build a network of local food donors.
We collect reusable clothing and household items thorough our Give Boxes, located in libraries, universities, supermarkets, churches and cafes across Dundee. We work in parternship with Dundee Clothing Project, Togs for Tots, Lifegate Community Cafe, Starter Pack Dundee, and many others to make sure that all the doanted items are passed directly on to people experiencing material poverty.
We will introduce repair workshops, which have the practical purpose of taking donated goods that are damaged and repairing them before they are passed onto our local charity partners. These sessions will also have an educational purpose of improving carbon literacy.
Additional savings in carbon emissions will be achieved through installation of energy efficiency measures at the Grade A listed St Mark’s Church on Perth Road and the community centre on Greenfield Place. We also plan to install additional Solar PV (funded via a Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan).
There are many opportunities to volunteer with all aspects of the project. From sorting Give Box donations to helping us grow veggies in our raised bed allotments. Whoever you are and whatever your skills, if you would like to get involved then we would love to hear from you!