Mix Your Mode Seminar
“Active Travel & Connectivity”
Link for booking
Cork LifeLong Learning Festival 3rd – 9th April
As always a wonderful programme of a record breaking 600 events taking place for you to join in and participate in during the week. Cork Environmental Forum has organised a number of events, some in conjunctions with other organisations, please see following & note booking is necessary for all events:
Wed. 5th 11am -1pm – Visit the Northside for Business Campus, this includes a visit to our Boomerang Enterprises Project, contact Carmel Murray at 021 4211433.
Thurs. 6th 11.30am -1pm – Visit Ecocel, paper insulation manufacturing at the Marina. Contact Bernie Connolly 083 1468064 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Thurs. 6th 4.30pm -5.30pm – Introduction to the GAP Greener Living Programme. Contact Bernie Connolly 083 1468064 or email@example.com to book.
Friday 7th & Sunday 9th Wildlife in the Walls Walks. Contact Bernie Connolly 083 1468064 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Booking for Lifelong learning events:
Brochures available at Cork City Council or local Libraries or details from this link.
Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use disposable plastic in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. You can sign up for a day, a week or the whole month and try to refuse ALL single-use plastic or try the TOP 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.
Angela Kokjernagle is spearheading this initiative in Cork and CEF is delighted to support the challenge. What can you do?
Angela suggests that a staged approach to plastic reduction.is best. So for July – Stage 1: Reduce the TOP 4 – water bottles, plastic bags, coffee cups and straws. A great way to do this is to shop at your local Farmer’s Markets, and bring your own bags and containers. Bring your own container to the butcher or butcher counter, fishmonger and cheese counter. Shop around at your local supermarkets to see which store offers the best range of unpackaged produce. Bring your own coffee mug and/ or water bottle with you whenever you are out. And refuse straws if offered.
Once you’re happy with the progress you’ve made with the Top 4, start to look at other items you buy that are in plastic: dried fruit and nuts, yogurt, cereals, and see where you can source alternatives, buy in bulk or make your own. Or if you really want to go for it this July, see what you can do without!
Once this challenge becomes easier move on to Stage 2: Buy only food stuffs and other items not in plastic. Stage 3 ? Stage 4: Buy nothing that is plastic at all (Completely zero plastic). For parents with children in nappies, look into the Cloth Nappy Library, or a nappy free method called Elimination Communication.
At the end of the challenge we will circulate more suggestions on the staged approach based on feedback and comments during July.
GREEN CAMPUS INITIATIVE
EVENT: Screening of film, TRASHED
SPEAKER: Jeremy Irons, Academy Award Winning Actor
VENUE: Boole 1
TIME: Monday, 23rd February, 2015 @ 2.15p.m – 4.30p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets are free of charge and will be available from 17th February 2015 from the Visitors’ Centre, Stone Corridor, UCC (9.30a.m – 5p.m.) and from the School of Biological Earth & Environmental Science Office (BEES), First Floor, Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall Campus. Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. No prior bookings.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
An introductory session to the GAP for Guesthouses course, commencing in January, will be held on Tuesday 2nd December at the Blue Haven Hotel, Kinsale at 7.30pm. The course is FREE to accomoodation providers, however, places are limited so please attend the session to reserve your place. Funding for this course is being provided by SEAI.
Park(ing) Day CORK 2014
Transform a parking space into a more green/ citizen friendly space for a day! Calling on all community groups, artists, architects, businesses, individuals and anyone with an interest to send in proposals to make a difference for a day by transforming one of the allocated spaces.
Please see www.transportandmobilityforum.com/events/ for more details.
Or check out the official Park(ing) Day Manual
Email email@example.com by 22nd August to apply
Heritage Week – coordinated by the Heritage Council and part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme – takes place in Ireland, 2014, from August 23rd to 31st. In the County of Cork, over 130 events have been organised in over 52 locations – from Allihies to Ardfield and Midleton to Mitchelstown.
Please click here for full Heritage week events guide
Heritage Week in the County of Cork, 2014, not only contains the highest number of events yet, but also the greatest range of events, clearly highlighting how vast, interesting and enjoyable our collective heritage is. It is thanks to the many event organisers and active heritage groups in the County that such an exciting list of events has been put in place and each group should be commended.
Whichever corner of the County you are in, there has never been such a wide geographical spread of events. These events cover everything from High Kings and pirates to ringforts, castles and medieval life, and for those keen on getting out and about there are over 20 guided walks and tours, covering everything from our natural heritage to our historic settlements. There are Medieval Festivals in Bandon and Youghal and heritage packed programmes have been set-out for a number of places in the County including Skibbereen, Kinsale, Clonakilty and Glanmire. In addition, Cork has some noteworthy connections around the world from a heritage perspective and to this effect there is an event in Shanagarry, Cloyne on connections with Australia, and regarding connections with the USA there will be a talk on prominent horticulturist John Saul taking place in Castlemartyr.
The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council has also organised a few events for Heritage Week including a talk in Ballyvourney by County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman, documenting the significance of St. Gobnait’s well and the adjacent church. In the County Hall, two talks have been organised relating to two projects that are being undertaken with the support of the Heritage Council – a publication on the heritage houses of County Cork and a project looking at the heritage of the Muscraí Gaeltacht. When in the County Hall make sure to visit the heritage exhibition in the lobby and next door in the County Library, there is a wonderful exhibition on railway heritage, certainly worth the visit.
Overall there is no denying but that Heritage Week is of the utmost importance to the Country, both nationally and even more so at a grass roots level. Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council recently said, “National Heritage Week focuses on getting people involved in the heritage of Ireland and particularly the heritage of the local community, making it accessible to everyone. We have seen a real shift in people’s interest in the heritage of their places over the past decade and a much greater recognition of the value heritage adds to every community across Ireland. Latest figures from the CSO show over 3.4 million overseas visitors travelling to Ireland between January and June this year. National Heritage Week offers huge opportunities for communities to attract visitors to their area and experience the wealth of heritage, which in many cases remains unknown. In 2012, National Heritage Week created 10,000 bed nights worth over €1.4m to local economies nationwide. With over 400,000 people expected to attend Heritage Week events this year, the potential impact Heritage Week can have for local communities cannot be underestimated.”
The Heritage Week Events Leaflet for County Cork is attached here in electronic form and is available in all tourist offices, libraries, heritage centres, museums, and the majority of Cork County Council Public Offices. If you would like a copy to be posted out to you by all means send an email with your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be sent as soon as possible. Make sure to also check out www.heritageweek.ie for further updates and of course details of the National Heritage Week Photography completion.
Please note that event organisers should be contacted prior to the event for confirmation of details, particularly as a few of events require advance booking. Also note that additional Heritage Week events and any changes to events will be listed on Cork County Council’s Heritage Week website (www.corkcoco.ie/heritage). Thus far one new event has been listed for Castletownroche on the 23rd of August (a book launch re the “Prehistoric Archaeology of the Beara Peninsula” by Connie Murphy) and the Nature Trail and Barn Dance in Carrigadrohid will take place on Friday 29th August at 7pm (not on the 30th as erroneously listed).
Boomerang is a new recycling project based in Ballyvolane Cork that deconstructs post-consumer mattresses in order to divert for re-use or recycling. Boomerang also provides local employment for a Project Manager and currently 6 TUS Scheme Workers.
The initiative is an 18-month start-up under Cork Environment Forum supported by the EPA, Cork City and County Councils, SMILE Resource Exchange, Cork City Partnership, the Health Action Zone and community members.
The Project Manager, Paul Kelly, commenced with the project in March 2014 along with initially 3 TUS Scheme Workers through Cork City Partnership. There are now 6 TUS Scheme workers employed at the Project.
Since then there has been a transformation of the disused unit into a fully functioning workplace, thanks to the hard work of the team and the donations of furniture and equipment from funders but also from industry such as DePuy and Tus Geal.
The collaboration and work of the oversight steering group has resulted in this project being set-up and operational in a short time. These include Mary Walsh, Nuala Stewart and Elmarie McCarthy from Cork City Council, Carmel Murray, TUS Coordinator, Cork City Partnership, Michelle Green, SMILE Resource Exchange, Joanne McNamara, HSE Farranree Health Action Zone, Mary Stack and Enda Kiernan, Cork County Council and Derry O’Farrell representing the Farranree Community and one of the trainees on a CEF Global Action Plan training in 2012 where the seed of such a project was first planted.
Key supporters of the project to date have been Keiron Phillips, Programme Manager with the EPA Green Business and John Scally, Eco-Mattress, Dublin and Chairperson of the Community Reuse Network Ireland. The city and county councils have strongly backed the project with support, funding and contributions in kind.
However, a key ingredient to the success of the project is in sourcing post-consumer mattresses and the furniture retail stores are vital in this regard. Already a number of furniture stores and others have become clients including New Furniture Store, All in One Interiors, Jackson Furniture , Square Deal, Vienna Woods Hotel and UCC. It is
hoped that in the future the number of retailers using the project will increase as they see the benefit of disposing of these bulky waste items in a responsible and transparent way through the Boomerang Project.
The mattresses are deconstructed and stripped down. The materials sorted in their various component parts – for example springs can be re-use where suitable or recycled and wood from the bases will be re-used or chopped into kindling and sold.
It is hoped that the Boomerang project will discover new ways to recycle component parts of mattresses, particularly the textiles which range from horsehair, to foam, polyester and cotton. This could include the production of geotextiles for automotive insulation, padded envelopes or as new mattress textiles.
Boomerang is an example of doing the right thing with regard to such waste materials which in fact are valuable resources and there is a need for more practical initiatives like Boomerang that divert waste into re-use and recycling and have social, environmental and economic benefits.
Cork Bike Week – Passage West to Blackrock Castle June 16th 2014.
Brilliant day with wonderful sunshine. Well done to everyone for organising a great day out!