MEET THE TEAM
Elaine Hill - Project Manager
Elaine manages the One Planet Forth Valley project and has worked in the Third Sector for over 15 years. This is the fourth Climate Challenge Funded project she has worked for (phew!) and her passion for making buildings more energy efficient led her to take a career break in 2008 to improve her industry knowledge by studying for an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies. She loves to help people understand about climate change and encourage them to make even the smallest of changes to reduce their emissions, but when she’s not explaining how TRV’s work or signing off holiday forms, she is an avid photographer and potter.
Christine Kinnon - Project Officer
Christine helps with running the One Planet Forth Valley project and is in charge of OPFV's amazing Volunteers. This is her first big role! She started as a volunteer with CSREC which gave the opportunity to land this job (yes, volunteering can be a way into employment!) At university she studied International Politics before completing an MSc in Economics for Business and Policy where she found her interest in cultural diversity and the business-economics perspective behind creating an efficient and environmentally-aware society. She's looking to forge a career in sectors with Green Values and help communities adapt a more ‘eco-aware’ lifestyle. Loves art, video games, music and movies.
Lesley McAleenan - Project Officer
Lesley helps with running the One Planet Forth Valley project. She has many years experience in the reuse sector and was Scotland’s very first Real Nappy Officer where she promoted reusable nappies instead of disposables to expectant parents. She set up an on-street cycle hire scheme (just like Next Bike), using reuse bikes for Stirling University staff and students. Finally, she was instrumental in setting up the CRNS Reuse Furniture Consortium, which allows local authorities to purchase reuse furniture instead of new, for people in need. She loves walking, cycling, photography and travelling around in her camper van, Big Blue.
About One Planet Forth Valley
One Planet Forth Valley is a project run by the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC) and funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.
In 2020 we were awarded over £196k to run the project for two years with the aim of achieving project savings of 92.2 tCO2e and lifetime savings of 276.6 tCO2e.
The Project consists of six parts:
- Carbon conversations
- Pop-up swap shops
- Fabric upcycling workshops
- Furniture upcycling workshops
- Forth Valley online eco-hub
- Community fridge
We work with households from minority ethnic and LGBTI communities living in the Forth Valley area to support and advise, build capacity and resilience around climate change through multi-layered interventions. The long-term impact of the project is to help minority ethnic and LGBTI communities make necessary behaviour changes to reduce their CO2e emissions, foster community cohesion through involvement in climate change related initiatives and reduce social isolation.
Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC) was set up in 1984. It is a voluntary sector organisation, registered as a charity and a company limited by guarantee consisting of individual members and representatives from a wide range of organisations. CSREC has a remit to work across the areas of Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Councils. It was set up to eradicate all forms of discrimination under the Race Relations Act 1976. Following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 and in recognition of intersectionality, we widened our remit to work with all nine protected characteristics. The main aims of CSREC are:
- to work towards the elimination of discriminationin all its forms
- to reduce inequality and promote a culture of human rights
- to promote good relations between persons of protected characteristics without distinction on grounds of age, disability, marital status, pregnancy/maternity status, race, religion/belief, sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment
- to promote, build and work in partnership
About our funders
Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund
The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.
The CCF was launched in 2008 and over 1,150 projects across all 32 local authorities have been awarded CCF grants. Total CCF funding since 2008 has exceeded £111 million.
The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.
Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff that support applicants, Grant Recipients and other community-led organisations wanting to take action on climate change.