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Tel: +44 0 131 659 9739
E-mail: administrator@cifalscotland.org
Address: UN House Techcube, 1 Summerhall 
Edinburgh EH9 1PL Scotland

Click here for CIFAL Scotland’s website

CIFAL Scotland offers a wide range of training opportunities and networking events for local stakeholders, on topics such as climate change and low-carbon economy, green cities and transition towns, and renewable energy and community resilience.

Its overall vision is to act as a knowledge hub for Northern Europe that enables the promotion of concrete solutions for more sustainable communities and livelihoods.

Scope: Northern Europe 

Thematic Areas:

  • Urban Governance and Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Social Inclusion
  • Environmental Sustainability


  • Transport, Water, Sanitation, Solid Waste Management, and Energy
  • Low Carbon Economy
  • Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change in the Urban Environment
  • Management of Urban Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development


CIFAL Scotland Director

May East


May is a sustainability educator and designer from Brazil and the UK. Based at the UN Habitat Best Practice Designation Findhorn Ecovillage since 1992, May has been leading a whole generation of sustainability educators, delivering trainings in 34 countries in  different stages of development, and in both urban and rural contexts. She has a UNITAR diploma on Climate Change Diplomacy and delivers Transition Training since 2008 creating pathways for low-carbon global to regional performance.

Recently awarded one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders 2011 and again in 2012 her main areas of expertise include:  Sustainability curriculum development and delivery; sustainable human settlements, ecovillages, transition towns and new urbanism; team building and enhancement of leadership capacity; Social design and participatory methodologies; reframing change and challenge as opportunity for innovation; learning organizations and futures research.  

May also serves as Chief International Officer of Gaia Education an international consortium of sustainability designers from cutting-edge research and development centers for carbon-constrained lifestyles. Since 2006 Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of over 160 programmes in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slum settings to universities and training centers.