Sustainable Dollar

One of Dollar Community Development Trust's priority areas for 2020-2025 is 'Sustainable Dollar' which is about supporting the community to reduce its carbon footprint and protect and enhance our beautiful local environment. 

An average Dollar house uses 50% more gas than the rest of Clackmannanshire / Scotland, and more than 20% more electricity. Car ownership is also above average. Dollar therefore has a lot of potential to make a significant reduction on its carbon impact within Scotland - and we are here to help! Our aim is to build skills and knowledge within the community to help protect future generations.

The 'Sustainable Dollar' working group includes: Dollar Community Development Trust, Dollar Community Council, Strathdevon Primary School, Dollar Academy, Ochil Youth Community Improvement (OYCI), Harviestoun Estate, Arndean Estate, Clackmannanshire Council, and community members.

We have 5 main areas of activity: 

1) Increasing energy efficiency and adopting renewable technologies: Encouraging and supporting individuals, households, and businesses in Dollar to be more energy-efficient and use renewable technologies where possible.

2) Adopting greener, more active modes of travel: Encouraging and supporting greener, more active travel in Dollar; such as cycling and walking and increasing the use of electric cars and public transport.

3) Increasing community awareness of environmental issues: providing a series of community workshops on various topics such as saving energy at home, reducing food waste, embracing greener travel, saving water, and information on renewable energy sources, solar PV and electric vehicles.

4) Reducing waste: raising awareness about the issue of waste, such as food waste, plastics etc. helping you to reduce the amount of waste you produce in your household, particularly that which ends up in landfill. 
4) Improving and increasing the biodiversity of Dollar: Biodiversity is our ecological life support, it provides functioning ecosystems that supply oxygen, clean air and water, pollination of plants, pest control, wastewater treatment and many ecosystem services. Many recreational pursuits rely on our unique biodiversity, such as birdwatching, hiking, camping and fishing. 

We'd love to hear what you think of our plans! 

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* 1. How far do you agree that ‘supporting the community to reduce its carbon footprint’ should be one of the Trust’s priority areas of work?

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* 2. Under our ‘Sustainable Dollar’ agenda, we aim to focus on 5 areas. Please rank these areas in order of importance to you (1 being most important, 5 being least important).

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* 3. Are there any other areas, in addition to the above, that we should be focussing on?

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* 4. We aim to encourage individuals, households, and businesses in Dollar to become more energy-efficient and use renewable technologies.

What stops you from being more energy efficient? (tick all that apply)

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* 5. What could we do to help you be more energy efficient?

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* 6. There is interest in exploring options to develop renewable energy projects near Dollar, for example using geothermal energy from the coal mines or re-creating a small hydro project in Dollar Glen. This would showcase the links to our industrial heritage and be used as an educational resource and possible visitor attraction.

Is this something you would support?

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* 7. Active Travel

We aim to encourage and support greener more active travel in Dollar; such as more cycling and walking and increase the use of electric cars and public transport. 

Do you cycle and/or walk as much as you would like to, or think you should?

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* 8. If you don't walk/cycle or use public transport as much as you would like to, what is stopping you? (tick all that apply)

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* 9. What do you think could be done to encourage you to walk/cycle more?

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* 10. Increasing and Improving Biodiversity

We aim to improve, increase, and enhance biodiversity in Dollar. Current activities include an extensive 5-year tree planting programme, planting wildflowers, and making Dollar bee-friendly.

Are there any other ways you think we could improve, increase and enhance Dollar’s biodiversity?

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* 11. Reducing Waste

We aim to help the community reduce the amount of waste it produces. 

Do you recycle as much as you would like to?

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* 12. What could we and/or Clackmannanshire Council do to help you recycle more?

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* 13. We are looking at the following initiatives to help reduce waste. Please indicate how far you support the suggested idea

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A Community Garden including community composting
A tool library so that people can hire or share DIY and garden equipment
A monthly Repair Cafe at the Hive where people bring household items, such as computers, bikes, garden equipment etc. and appropriately skilled volunteers in the community help repair them
A recycling scheme where we aim to boost formal recycling and align with organisations such as Terracycle https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/ who collect a wide range of additional waste to recycle.
A community fridge/ freezer where excess food is donated and used by community members
A monthly re-fill station at the Hive – whereby you can refill your household products

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* 14. Do you have any ideas of your own you would like to share? 

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* 15. You will see we have ambitious plans for supporting the community to reduce its carbon footprint; but do you have any other ideas you think we should consider here?

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* 16. Do you have time and/or skills you are willing to contribute to any of the following areas? (please tick all that apply)

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* 17. If you have said you are keen to be involved in our 'Sustainable Dollar' activities please provide your contact details here and we will be in touch:

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