Across Ireland, people are taking steps to make their communities more environmentally, economically and/or socially sustainable. We are gathering their success stories here to inspire and spark change across Ireland.
Have you already completed a successful sustainability project in your community? Pass on the spark by sharing your story with other communities.
We are a community project led by 6th Class students from Greystones Educate Together Nationso School. Our aim is to make our town plastic-straw-free.
Recently in 2016, KN broadened it’s activities and in particular it set about responding to the widespread public concern about the huge damage to our environment being caused by the continuous use of harmful carbon-producing fossil fuels by establishing a Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
We plan to preserve and protect our night sky and nocturnal heritage for the value of future generations. With an annual programme of outreach and educational events designed to highlight the value of our night sky heritage as well as inviting all members of the community to actively engage with astronomy, art, culture or story of the night sky.
In 2018 12% of the produce used in the cafe came from our polytunnels. With the help of GIY we plan to increse this to 20% in 2019. This will reduce the use of single use plastics and transport miles from the purchase of goods from abroad thus reducing our carbon footprint.
The Afforestation Project is a highly ambitious long-term project, aimed at mitigating climate change via carbon sequestration by the planting of trees on a large-scale.
We firmly believe apprenticeships provide the opportunity to give people a different route of entry, something which is crucial in addressing the skills gap. The apprenticeship model allows for on-the-job learning but fosters an environment in which participants can demonstrate their value to the workplace thus potentially securing sustainable employment.
The Edible Landscape Project (ELP) is an education and training initiative based in Westport, Co. Mayo. We provide the tools and resources to strengthen community resilience to the effects of climate change by teaching local groups how to grow and consume food in an environmentally sustainable way, using sustainable land management practices
Ballaghaderreen is set in a very rural area of County Roscommon and there are issues present like high unemployment, poverty, loneliness and mental health problems. Many young people are leaving the area. We wished to combat all of the above and setting up the garden was an obvious choice.
Some of our members from Shannon Active Retirement are involved in our local tidy towns group. We encourage all members to be conscious of their area in relation to tidiness and to be environmentally friendly everywhere.
In the past 5 years, this co-operative has retrofitted over 600 homes & community buildings with improvements to increase energy efficiency.
Drombane Upperchurch is more energy efficient than ever and boasts significantly reduced imports of oil and fossil fuels for its energy needs.
The small rural community of Mulranny, Co. Mayo has undertaken the mammoth task of attempting to bring the Old Irish Goat back from the brink of extinction.
For the past seven years, I have been setting up nest box projects in towns throughout County Mayo to help recover the population of Swifts.
We are a community owned energy cooperative representing the 3 Aran Islands. Life membership is open to all residents for €100. The cooperative is non-profit with all of the benefits going back into the community.
Our co-op was founded to develop community-owned renewable energy, supporting communities and addressing climate change in the West of Ireland.