|NEES Project opens 3rd Call for Best Practices in Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.
The Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (NEES) Project is launching an open Call for producers, manufacturers and service providers to complete a Survey of their products and services that enhance energy efficiency in buildings. The Survey should be completed online, on the NEES web site (http://www.neesonline.org/).
The NEES Project is a partnership project between Universities, research agencies and housing and construction entreprises the Nortern Peripherty of Europe. The project has so far identified 14 Best practices from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Northern Ireland that meet the NEES sustainability criteria. The NEES Project has also organised presentation to the UK Parliament’s APPG on sustainable housing and to the Scottish Parliament, and held public events to promote natural and recycled building products in Ireland, Scotland, Greenalnd and Northern Irleand.
Submission are now sought from enterprises producing or installing locally produced ‘natural’ products, or providing services that improve the energy efficiency of new and existing domestic buildings. The term “natural” covers both renewable and recycled materials, such as timber from renewable forests, hemp and lime, straw bales and recycled paper. The eligible services span a wide range, stretching from timber-frame and bioclimatic design, to energy and sustainability assessments, and training that encourages change in local behaviour.
The 3rd Call is open, on-line, from October 1st of 2013 to February 28th of 2014. Online submissions are invited from all product growers, producers and manufacturers, and from service providers that work with these products. Enterprises or practises must be based or have significant operations the Northern Periphery Programme area. This includes the South and West Coast of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Northern part of Scandinavia and Greenland. A map of the Region and full details on eligibility can be found on http://neesonline.org/?page_
Submissions are made by completing a simple on-line “pre-qualification questionnaire” which will establish the eligibility of the enterprise. http://neesonline.org/?page_
Eligible applicants will then be asked to complete a more detailed Full Questionnaire. The results will be analysed and evaluated by an Expert Panel made up of recognised experts from the different partner regions, who will determine on the basis of an agreed criteria, which ones constitute Best Practise.
The Partnership will then select a number of products and services to use as Case Studies in the development of the Project. A range of supporting materials, training packages and marketing initiatives will be developed with selected enterprises, and they will be promoted throughout the NPP region and Europe.
The NEES project is led by the Cork Centre for Architectural Education: an architectural school and research centre formed by University College Cork and the Cork Institute of Technology.
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EcCoWell Cork 2013
The 2 day conference on the 26th & 27th of September was a great success. Attached is an excerpt from today’s PASCAL International Digest. We hope that Cork can be represented at PASCAL’s Cities Learning Together conference in Hong Kong, and theIPLC event in Beijing.
The conference is a clear example of the benefits of developing integrated strategies. We are all very inspired and motivated by what we have heard from our overseas delegates and further afield in Ireland as well as all the wonderful work being carried out locally. Our site visit to UCC (Biological Earth and Environmental Science Department) and the Energy Projects in the college) together with excellent presentations at the Lifetime from Scoil Aiseiri Chriost (Farranree Girls Primary) & Scoil Cholmcille CBS, Blarney St. (Boys) on their Green Flag programmes . Laurie Kerrie, visiting delegate from the Natural Resources Defense Council gave an insightful overview of the Energy Project in New York which puts a lot of focus on measurement and benchmarking and is designed to make substantial reductions on the energy use in the buidlings currently with the highest footprint.
The opportunity and the challenge is to continue to work with an EcCoWell approach! See here for full EcCoWell Albumof photos.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Catherine Clancy invites you to the EcCoWell, Cities for the Future Conference. With speakers and delegates joining us from almost every continent this should definitely deliver learning from the Global to the Local. Register now at www.eccowell.com.
Check the video out Lord Mayor invites you to EcCoWell Conference
A two day International Exchange incorporating a conference, a marketplace for ideas, site visits to local initiatives, cultural experiences – even some surprises. The two day event explores the EcCoWell approach – integrating strategies across ecology & economy (Ec), community & culture (Co) well-being & lifelong learning (Well). EcCoWell is about taking a holistic approach to policies aimed at creating humane cities that foster quality of life and well-being for their residents. In this age of austerity, it champions using resources more efficiently by building on areas of common interest between sectors, leading to better integrated strategies which harness community support and deliver citizen focussed value added outcomes.
Date: Thursday September 26 and Friday September 27
Location: City Hall, Cork
Updates from ICLEI’s Global Sustainability Network
Updates from ICLEI’s Global Sustainability Network
July 2013, Edition # 9
Dear friends and transport enthuasiats,
We all agree on one thing: our cities need to make efforts in improving their infrastructure in order to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, reduce air pollution, and create livable environments for us and our forthcoming generations.
At ICLEI we have an exclusive agenda focused on Smart Urban Infrastructure of which EcoMobility is an integral part. EcoMobility is the crux for functioning cities – we refer to these cities by many names such as Green Cities, Low Carbon Cities, Sustainable Cities, etc. Providing safe, environmentally friendly, affordable, attractive, and integrated mobility options is the central idea of EcoMobility.
To realize the objectives of EcoMobility, we work with our ICLEI Member cities through our EcoMobility SHIFT, EcoMobility Alliance, and EcoMobility World Festival projects. This edition of the iNews portrays some of the recent achievements of our Member cities in the EcoMobility initiative of ICLEI.
Also, through this edition I would like to extend an invitation to come and join the fellow Member cities, transport experts, academia, and various other stakeholders at our EcoMobility Suwon 2013 Congress and the EcoMobility World Festival held in September this year. We look forward to seeing you in Suwon!
Marion Mazille, a French student doing a research project on local food production with CEF, attended the launch of CFI on Thursday 11th April in Belfast, together with Georgina Buffini, Healthy Food For All, Tracey Holt, Coordinator of the DFRC, Dr. Cliodhna Foley, Safe Food -Nolan and Paul Lidbetter the project gardener.
Dunmanway, Family Resource Centre (DFRC) has secured funding under the Community Food Initiative 2013 -2015. CEF is represented on the Steering Group of the Initiative.
In 2010 safefood launched the Demonstration Programme of Community Food Initiatives in partnership with Healthy Food for All. The programme provided a testing ground for seven community food projects across the island of Ireland, with the aim of identifying supports needed to ensure their development and long-term sustainability. Building on the success of this pilot programme, safefood have committed to funding a further round of community food initiatives over a three year period.
We would like to invite you to two events that you might be interested in.
The first is next Monday in Dublin. The event is called “Climate Justice Begins at Home” and takes place at 7.15pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel behind Dublin Castle. Our speakers panel will be Maanda Ngoitiko, a Maasai Pastoralist from Northern Tanzania, Cecilia Kibe Muthoni, the co-ordinator for the Kenya Climate Justice Women Champions, John Brennan, an Irish Organic farmer and Molly Walsh , a Campaigner with Friends of the Earth.
Maanda and Cecilia are in Ireland as they are participants at a conference the Irish Government has organised called “Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice“. The Government’s conference is invitation only so our event will be a forum to alllow for a public discussion of climate justice. We believe that climate justice must start at home and that this means developed countries like Ireland taking responsibility for reducing our emissions. A particular theme of our evening will be what climate justice really means in terms of sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty and land use.
We are organising this event with our allies Trócaire, Oxfam and Christian Aid and the Irish Food Sovereignty Network.
The second event is called Sustaining Activism’s Fire and takes place on Saturday the 20th of April in beautiful surroundings in County Westmeath. This is a day-long event exploring the elements that enable sustainable activism, at a personal, group and movement level. This event is being organised by Afri and Friends of the Earth. We will have inspiring inputs from campaigners and have time to remember our history as environmental activists and celebrate some of our wins. For more details and to register for the event please go to http://uisneach.eventbrite.com/
We look forward to seeing you,
Oisin, Molly and JoAnne
The Friends of the Earth Team
P.S Don’t forget Climate Justice Begins at Home, 7.15pm Monday 15th of April.
The Aarhus Convention, Environmental Matters and Engineering Projects.
Please click on this link to access all the presentations from the seminar:
Next event is a walk in the woods to explore the history and spring flora of Ballyannan Wood, Midleton. Date is April 27th at 2.30pm, meeting in the carpark in Ballyannan Wood, ..
Directions: Leave N25 at main turning for Midleton (knockgriffin) – drive into Midleton until you reach mini roundabout (tesco is left turn) by Midleton Park Hotel – turn right before the hotel and follow road past estuary and under dual carriageway down boreen until you reach a triangular area where you’ll see cars parked. If the weather has been wet previously the paths may be slightly muddy so please bring appropriate footwear.
IWT Calls on Simon Coveney to Explain Government Stand on Opposing Measures to Protect Bee Populations
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, asking him to explain publicly why he voted against a proposed temporary Europe-wide ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. The use of these insecticides have been scientifically linked to serious harm in bees. Ireland has 101 different bee species of which half are in decline with six having been assessed as ‘critically endangered’. Neonicotinoids are implicated in ‘colony collapse disorder’ and in bees’ ability to navigate. The European Food Safety Agency has labelled them ‘an unacceptable danger to bees’.
Ireland was one of only five countries to vote against this measure and the decision seems to have been taken behind closed doors and in a total absence of public information. IWT Campaigns Officer Pádraic Fogarty says “We would like to know why this decision was made and if the Minister received any representations from special interest groups, and if so by whom. This decision to support the use of chemicals that are environmentally harmful is yet another blow to Ireland’s already tarnished ‘green’ image.”
According to a 2008 Government report “bees have an important, and often critical, role in the pollination of many horticultural and fruit crops”. This report put a nominal value of this pollination service to the economy at €53 million per annum. The Government will have another chance to vote on this matter later this month and the IWT is urging Minister Coveney to reconsider his stance.
 Fitzpartick U., Murray T.E., Paxton R.J., & Brown M.J.F. 2006. The State of Ireland’s Bees. Published by EHS & NPWS.
 EFSA press release, January 16th
 Bullock C., Kretsch C. & Candon E. 2008. The Economic and Social Aspects of Biodiversity. Published by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
Pictures available to use. Photograph of Bumble Bee by Pádraic Fogarty – please accredit when used.
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Thanks to those who have taken up our invitation to the Setting Goals for a Better Ireland in a New World special event to debate and build an agenda for Irish, European and world leaders on the Ireland we want and the world we want on Saturday, 20 April, at 11.00am to 4.00pm at Clyde Theatre, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. We look forward to your participation.
Work is progressing on the event. We have now developed a draft agenda (PDF). We would be happy to get any feedback from you on this agenda to email@example.com.
There is still time to register to attend this debate, which promises to be lively, fruitful and entertaining. This event represents an exciting opportunity for you to provide your input on the future of global development at a moment of deep crisis in Ireland and around the world. Our goal is to build a challenging agenda that will advance equality, social justice and environmental sustainability in Ireland and the wider world – but we can only do this with your participation.
You can still register online now at: http://claimingourfuture2013.eventbrite.ie.
Registration on the day starts at 10.00am while lunch will be served.
Ivan Cooper | Director of Advocacy
Raise Your Organisation’s Profile see how at www.bettertogether.ie.
Sociable get together for people with an interest in the environment and sustainability, hosted by Cork Environmental Forum. Free entry, everyone welcome. Look out for table signs / bunting showing our group