County Coun­cil wins Green award

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WICK­LOW COUNTY Coun­cil scooped the Green County Coun­cil Award last week.

The coun­cil won the award in recog­ni­tion of its ef­forts to pro­vide an ar­ray of sus­tain­able ser­vices and ac­tively en­cour­age busi­nesses and con­sumers to be­come greener in out­look and prac­tice. The awards which ac­co­lade or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in tackling cli­mate change and ad­dress­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues took place at a cer­e­mony in the RDS last week.

Com­ment­ing on the win the judges said, ‘The Wick­low County Coun­cil team has been re­ally in­spi­ra­tional, de­liv­er­ing a huge re­duc­tion in waste to land­fill, a mas­sive pro­gramme of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments and a sig­nif­i­cant drop in en­ergy use in the coun­cil’s own build­ings – a com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity that we share in Airtricity Util­ity So­lu­tions. Just as the judges were, we were also re­ally im­pressed as spon­sors with the rigour of their work, the com­pre­hen­sive bench­mark­ing they un­der­took, and – not least – by the real re­sults they de­liv­ered.’

Other no­table win­ners on the night in­clude Di­a­geo Ire­land who scooped the Over­all Green Busi­ness Award, spon­sored by Green­star. The re­main­ing win­ners of the Green Awards in­clude some of the coun­try’s most prom­i­nent re­tail­ers, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and man­u­fac­tur­ers as well as not-for-profit com­mu­nity groups, schools and green busi­ness start-ups in the en­ergy and new tech­nol­ogy sec­tors.

In a spe­cial ad­dress at the cer­e­mony the Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment John Gorm­ley con­grat­u­lated the win­ners. ’As you know politi­cians have a huge role and re­spon­si­bil­ity in re­la­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment, but in­di­vid­u­als can make a dif­fer­ence too. What you’re do­ing tonight is im­por­tant be­cause without en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists and those in the busi­ness com­mu­nity we couldn’t have the sort of mo­men­tum in the re­la­tion to the green move­ment that we cur­rently have. I think what’s most im­por­tant is that this evening you’re ac­knowl­edg­ing peo­ple in the busi­ness com­mu­nity who recog­nise that green tech­nol­ogy and the en­vi­ron­ment are the way of the fu­ture. What we need now is hope in re­la­tion to the econ­omy and I be­lieve that hope is there when we’re talk­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are there in re­la­tion to green tech­nol­ogy.’

Judg­ing each sub­mis­sion was a panel of ex­perts in­clud­ing Dun­can Ste­wart, Ire­land’s lead­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­chi­tect and a pre­sen­ter on RTE, and Louise Dunne, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Dublin branch of the Ur­ban Fo­rum on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment who has a PhD in En­vi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy. To­mas Ser­cov­itch from Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity, Ger­ard O’Neill Chair­man and CEO of Amarach Re­search, Heidi Bedell FAS CE Su­per­vi­sor with Tar­get, Michael San­fey Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor, Green Star.

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