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dc.contributor.authorMeyerricks, Svenja
dc.contributor.authorBebbington, Jan
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Rehema Mary
dc.identifier.citationMeyerricks , S , Bebbington , J & White , R M 2016 , POLICY BRIEF Learning to be low-carbon : lessons from two community projects . University of St Andrews .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 244696796
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-9669-0012/work/64697339
dc.description.abstractThe potential of community organisations to effect change in their localities has been recognised in Scotland through the availability of public funding for projects involving carbon reductions. This study included an overview of the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) and a deeper 11 months participative engagement with case study projects. Summary results of the main two case studies reported in this policy brief include 1) differentiation between 'community', 'community organisation' and the 'community project' funded by the CCF; 2) potential for community initiatives to focus on internal group development or outreach, with both foci being beneficial; 3) diversity in community organisations' values and project aims that appears to be linked to different priorities resulting from inequalities, different notions of 'community' and a lack of political avenues for long-term community engagement. Community projects funded by the CCF have achieved pro-environmental and social benefits beyond carbon reductions, at local and larger scales. CCF-funded community projects act as valuable liminal spaces (spatial and temporal) in which groups and individuals can explore more sustainable living options. However, the magnitude of CCF-funded project impacts was constrained by insufficient societal and infrastructural changes. A political focus on environmental justice, intensified action to tackle climate change at all levels and involving community organisations more in democratic processes and in the design of research concerning them were recommended.
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectHD28 Management. Industrial Managementen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.subjectSDG 13 - Climate Actionen
dc.titlePOLICY BRIEF Learning to be low-carbon : lessons from two community projectsen
dc.contributor.sponsorEconomic & Social Research Councilen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Managementen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen

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