The Local Authority Prevention Network is offering a free training course around Ireland this June and July.
The course, which is provided for local authority staff, is open to all local authorities in Ireland.
The course will demonstrate how to carry out food waste assessments in local business and to identify cost savings.
This training course aims to build on work already being done by local authorities under the EPA-funded Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN – see www.localprevention.ie) on reducing food waste in businesses.
The proposed dates are:
Tuesday 25th June 2013, Sligo
Wednesday 26th June 2013, Dublin
Tuesday 2nd July 2013, Kilkenny or Wexford
Thursday 4th July 2013, North East
Venues at these locations will be confirmed shortly.
Note: This is just one of a number of proposed potential courses – all aimed at facilitating local authorities to assist and support local business.
To book a place on one of these courses, please contact Eileen O’Leary at the Clean Technology Centre. Tel.: 021 4344864 or email: email@example.com.
The LAPN Plenary 2013 held in Buswell’s Hotel in Dublin on February 20th, and 21st, was a great success with over 20 local authorities, the EPA, Clean Technology Centre and other agencies represented.
A series of presentations were given with a lot of discussion. The Tour du Table where all the local authorities outlined their resource efficiency work for 2012 and plans for 2013 showed the huge range or projects being carried out across the country. The Green Fleadh video was shown also, giving a taste of the great work on Cavan County Council in the last few years, greening that huge event.
Other presentations (click to download)
This website is to showcase the work being done on events/festivals/destinations as part of LAPN and to provide materials for other local authorities and event organisers to follow suit and go green too. So far about 23 events, festivals and destinations have been greened all over Ireland.
Pauline McDonagh of the Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office presented at the conference and outlined the significant work that has been carried out in greening festivals and destinations across the Limerick Clare Kerry region, including the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre, Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction. Dr Mary Stack of Cork County Council gave an overview of the work that has been done on the ground greening a number of events in Cork County including the Midleton Food Festival, the Cobh Peoples’ Regatta as well as the very popular destination, Fota Wildlife Park.
A Resource Pack on the practical steps to take in greening a festival was also launched at the AOIFE conference and the pack was drawn up based on practical experience from a range of local authorities working on greening festivals. The Resource Pack is aimed at event managers and can be downloaded from this website here.
Why not green events, festivals and destinations in your region? It’s not hard and there is a lot of help to be had from www.greenyourfesival.ie
Corca Dhuibne Glas, in conjunction with the EPA Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) programme and the Regional Waste Management Office are delighted to announce that 26 companies on the Dingle Peninsula have been awarded the Corca Dhuibhne Glas – Dingle Peninsula Eco award.
Corca Dhuibhne Glas – Dingle Peninsula Eco Award is an environmental training and consultancy programme which was launched in May 2010 The programme is supported locally by: Dingle Peninsula Tourism, MFG, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Dingle Chamber of Commerce, Kerry County Council, Transition Town Corca Dhuibhne.
The award was open to all businesses on the Dingle Peninsula to join and the initiative is geared specifically for small to medium enterprises. Through participation in this local award scheme the businesses involved engaged in the programme to reduce and implement best practice in waste management, lower energy consumption and reduce their water usage. Thus reducing costs to the businesses while lessening the companies impact on the environment.
The companies are also rewarded for encouraging the use of local produce and products, encouraging environmental transport options, appointing a green team and setting out a environmental improvement policy for their business showing how they are constantly looking for ways to improve. The businesses will also receive acknowledgement from customers & staff of a progressive business concerned with their environment, compliance with environmental standards and legislation and training for the staff in best practices in waste management.
The businesses involved were inspected in June by an independent auditor appointed by the LAPN / EPA to oversee the Programme. 33 Businesses in total are taking part and following the audit procedure 26 Companies were successful and have received the Corca Dhuibhne Glas award.
Successful businesses are entitled to display the Corca Dhuibhne Glas Award mark demonstrating their commitment to environmental best practice in the locality. This award will be recognised by all agencies and will be a vital tool in promoting business in a growing environmentally conscience market.
It is planned to hold the official awards ceremony during the ‘Dingle Food and Wine festival’ from 30th Sept- 02nd Oct.
The initiative is part of an overall ambition to get “Green destination” status for the Dingle Peninsula and to develop the peninsula as a leader in Green Area Tourism and Green business development.
Look out for the ‘Gradam Feabhais’ Sticker in participating businesses throughout the Peninsula.
Any companies interested in joining the programme can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call: Lorcan Slattery on 086 1737944
The Iverk Show in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny will be the first agricultural show in Ireland to “Go Green” this year. The show committee is working in partnership with the Waste Prevention Officer of Kilkenny Local Authority and the Local Authority Prevention Network to take the initial steps to improve the Show’s environmental performance.
“Going Green” is a phenomenon sweeping across a host of events. In the Southeast alone, both the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival and the Wexford Opera Festival are turning green. Greening festivals and large events like the Iverk Show has been supported by the Environment Protection Agency which supports the Local Authority Prevention Network to deliver resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives at a local, grass root level.
Greening a one day event comes with its challenges. However the Iverk Show committee is getting the ball rolling in 2011. A number of achievable environmental targets have been set for the show which will take place on the 27th of August. Over 300 trade stands will be provided with recycling facilities, food service providers are being surveyed to determine future waste prevention initiatives and a special challenge will be set for attendees on the day – to recycle 10,000 drink containers.
The Iverk Show is the oldest Agricultural Show in Ireland with an average footfall of 20,000 people. Getting such a large event to “Go Green” will largely depend on the exhibitors and attendees lending a hand and using the correct bins on the day. Kilkenny Local Authority is delighted to assist the Iverk Show committee who have risen to the challenge of setting an example for other agricultural shows to follow.
For Further Details; Contact Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Str, Kilkenny City.
As part of its commitment making the Festival ‘Green Aware’, festival events and venues adopted green principles, including waste reduction, recycling, energy and water conservation.
Businesses in the city supported the initiative by becoming Green Festival Members and by also committing to improve their environmental performance by following a simple 10–step approach. Through the programme, businesses saw a reduction in waste, water and energy usage, as well as a reduction in costs. Green Festival Members were also promoted as green businesses throughout the festival, setting the foundations for Galway City to become a green, sustainable destination for future visitors and business.
The Galway Arts Festival 2001 also encouraged all festival goers to support their efforts by following these simple steps:
- Never litter. If you can’t find a bin, keep your waste with you and ask a steward or volunteer where the closest bin is.
- Recycle. Do your best to segregate waste; place recyclables in the recycling bin and, where provided, use the food waste bin for food waste and napkins.
- Reduce waste. Say no to items you’re not going to use, such as napkins, sachets and straws. Try to avoid disposable items.
- Be energy efficient. Switch off appliances and lights when leaving home.
- Travel smarter. Use public transport, walk, cycle or car share to and from festival events, if possible.
- Be water wise. Don’t leave taps running in the toilets. If you spot a leak, tell the event organisers.
- Buy local. Try to buy local during the festival; you will be supporting the local economy and sustaining local jobs.
Well done Galway!
The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Waste Prevention Programme’s conference ResourceWise 2011 was held on Wednesday 1 June 2011 at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin.
The event highlighted the wide range of work underway in Ireland in several sectors of society to minimise and prevent waste and encourage resource efficiency, and thereby reduce operational overheads for organisations.
A wide range of presentations were given to highlight the work being done in this field. Click on the links to download each presentation:
Date for your diaries: Wednesday 1 June 2011
ResourceWise 2011- National Waste Prevention Programme conference
The EPA-led National Waste Prevention Programme is organising a conference looking at the challenges and opportunities in becoming more resource efficient, exploring ways of producing more value with fewer inputs, lessening our impact on the environment and consuming in a more intelligent fashion.
The conference will address the challenges of resource depletion and scarcities, raising awareness of the environmental impact of excess consumption and waste and showcase waste prevention and resource efficiency initiatives by organisations contributing to the shift towards a resource-efficient economy.
The event will offer an opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice being demonstrated by participants in the National Waste Prevention Programme and explore practical ways to minimise and prevent waste, so as to break the link between economic growth and the environmental impacts associated with the generation of waste.
The conference will take place on Wednesday 1 June 2011 at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin.
Please note this date for your diaries and pass to any colleagues you may think relevant. Further details on registration etc. to follow.
The LAPN Events and Locations Working Group met in Portlaoise in January 2011, to discuss its plans for 2011, create synergies, share resources among the group and build upon the successes of 2010.
The group includes: Sharon Carroll, Galway City Council (Sharon.Carroll@galwaycity.ie); Michéal OCoileáin, Kerry County Council (email@example.com); Pauline McDonagh, Limerick County Council ; Sinead Fox, Cavan County Council (firstname.lastname@example.org); Mary Stack, Cork County Council (Mary.email@example.com); and Sinéad Ní Mhainnín, Galway County Council (snimhain@GalwayCoCo.ie). The Working Group is faciliated by the Clean Technology Centre, as part of the LAPN.
In Galway there is a plan to green the Galway Arts Festival in 2011. It is an annual 2 week event that runs in July. There are 6 main venues (these will be the focus of the key LAPN work this year) and the local committee and council are very interested in the proposal. As it is an annual event there is a desire to start this year and then build on the work each year. Some areas of the city have already been active in greening their localities.
In Kerry, there are a number of festivals around the county this year but the main focus would be the Dingle Food Festival in October. The festival includes 50 food serving venues around the town as well as dedicated food markets. Disposable food packaging would be a primary target as well as waste segregation and the development of usable data. Work will also continue in Killarney National Park.
In Limerick and Clare the main work already done relates to Thomond Park and the Cliffs of Moher and reusable and compostable packaging has been a focus for these.
In Cavan, there were many good experiences and findings from the 2010 Green Fleadh – An Fleadh Ghlais. The local authority is hoping for some new ideas in 2011 to build upon them. Committee commitment was of huge importance from the beginning and this commitment was put in action from the start with regard to paper and leaflet use. In addition to waste there was a big push to reduce leaks as well as issuing hippo bags for toilets. Over 60 businesses were involved. A lot of PR was generated – radio, tv, local papers. The launch was a very important kick off and gave the green initiatives a public profile – made them real too. All involved then signed up to a charter (commitment to greening the fleadh) and these business were then given support.
The fleadh was carbon neutral and this was achieved by off setting the carbon impact by planting oak trees.
In Cork The Midelton Food Festival was the focus for 2010. It is well established and though it is just a 1 day festival there is usually about 15,000 people there. 100 stall holders participate and in recent years there has been an environmental awareness campaign with specific adverts about travel to and from the festival. They also have a puppeteer who provides information about waste during the festival. There are environmental messages all over the festival especially at the waste stations and this worked really well in the past.
The main focus areas to date have been:
2. Awareness raising
3. Stall holders
In 2011 further plans relate to new work in Fota Island Wildlife Park. Much of the experiences form the Cliffs of Moher may well be transferable. This has been a great benefit.
In Galway County other activities are also planned regarding small localised festivals all year long where litter is a problem for the towns involved. A set of guidelines for festival organisers to reduce the impact would be a very useful tool for this kind of event.
The group is also hoping to build upon the experiences of the greening of the Wexford Arts Festival in 2010.
James Hogan, CTC, outlined the work done on developing a green events guide for Failte Ireland, and on the greening of the Wexford Festival of Opera. Based on this and ongoing work, it was decided by the Working Group that a concerted effort would be put into the development of guidelines and norms, which could be applicable to events throughout the country.
As a follow up on Monaghan County Council’s Master Composter Programme, Dr. Compost himself Craig Benton revisited St. Tiarnach’s School in Clones to ensure that the wormery that was built during the summer during the master composting programme was still operational.
The students from the schools Green Committee learnt all about worms and worm poop!
The enthusiasm of students was clearly evident and it is certain the worms will be well fed and well looked after in their new home!