This section is under construction.
From Autumn 2016, we are running our GAP Greener Living programme at various locations around the county.
We will be adding further information on these courses, as well as extra course materials.
Waste | Water | Energy | Transport | Food | Biodiversity | Consumption | Community
Join your local Freecycle group to offer the usable stuff you want to get rid of to others. Cork City and West Cork have groups.
Re-use unwanted household and business goods.
Stop Food Waste campaign helps you waste less food and money
See what events or projects Cork Environmental Forum are promoting in the field of waste and recycling.
‘Get Rid of Your Bin and Save Money’
Feidhlim Harty 2009
Commodity Water Footprint
You can see the water footprint of a range of commodities at;
Water footprint Calculator
You can calculate your personal water footprint at:
Sustainable Water Network, lots of information on issues effecting water in Ireland, www.swanireland.ie
Irish Water – the company responsible for water and wastewater services www.water.ie
Water footprint Information and Resources www.waterfootprint.org
SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland) www.seai.ie – energy saving tips, grant funding information.
A recently formed group of transport stakeholders in Cork formed from CEF’s Mix Your Mode campaign in 2013.
Voluntary organisation, part of national network.
Voluntary community bike workshop in Blackpool.
Get a new bike under the government tax scheme.
Carpooling tool for co-workers, neighbours, friends, communities.
Car sharing… pay as you drive
Sustainable transport policy for Ireland.
See what projects Cork Environmental Forum are running or promoting in the field of sustainable travel.
EPA Food Waste Website http://www.stopfoodwaste.ie/
Food Cloud helps businesses redistribute their food waste to charities http://food.cloud/
Bia Food Initiative Cork redistributes food to people in need. http://biafi.ie/
Grow It Yourself Cork Group http://www.giyinternational.org/giy_groups/group/2728
Irish Fairtrade Network http://www.fairtrade.ie/
Organic Republic, Cork’s Leading Organic Box Scheme http://www.organicrepublic.ie/
Organic Food Certification in Ireland http://www.organicguide.ie/organic_certification
List of Irish Farmers Markets from Irish Food Board
On food and cultures where people live long healthy lives https://www.bluezones.com/
Vegetarian Society of Ireland http://www.vegetarian.ie/
The Irish Vegan http://irishvegan.ie/
Vegan Sustainability Magazine https://vegansustainabilitymagazine.wordpress.com/
Excellent website set up by Paul McCartney and his family www.meatfreemondays.com/
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine www.pcrm.org
Vivienne Campbell’s teaches how to forage for and use wild herbs. www.theherbalhub.com
Foraging for sea vegetables at www.theseagardener.ie
Climate Friendly Food Website www.climatefriendlyfood.org.uk
Dan Buettner’s TED talk How to live to be 100
Jonathan Foley’s TED talk on the impacts Global Agriculture entitled The Other Inconvenient Truth. http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_foley_the_other_inconvenient_truth
Tristram Stuart’s TED talk on the Global Food Waste Scandal
Maria Spivak’s TED talk on Why Bees are disappearing
Independent Irish health foods 026 65750; http://www.iihealthfoods.com/
For bulk purchases of wholefoods
Get involved or support the Cork Food Policy Council Aims. Sign the online pledge to reduce food waste.
Organisations involved in bio-diversity – International, national, local
www.corknaturenetwork.ie a local group of volunteers with projects and education events
www.futureorchardcork.com a community supported orchard and educational project in Glanmire
www.reimaginecork.com rejuvenating laneways and urban spaces with art and wildlife initiatives
http://www.corkcoco.ie/co/pdf/734358998.pdf County Cork’s Bio-diversity plan 2009-2014
http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/County_Heritage_Services/Cork/Biodiversity_Plans/CORK_CITY_BIODIVERSITY_PLAN.pdf Cork City’s Bio-diversity Plan 2009-2014
http://www.burrenbeo.com/ a website about the Burren area
www.irelandswildlife.com information site about Irish wildlife
www.noticenature.ie tons of information, events, Ireland’s public awareness campaign for biodiversity
www.biodiversityireland.ie the official website for the National Biodiversity Data Centre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7biRDoANh8 Eco Eye episode on bio-diversity (Series 9 Ep 2)
https://www.cbd.int/2011-2020/ official website for the UN decade of biodiversity 2011-2020
https://www.cbd.int/2011-2020/learn/factsheets/ UN decade for bio-diversity factsheets
KLEE PAPER 01 838 3544; http://ecoland.com/
For recycled paper and other eco friendly office supplies
ECO BABY 1850 52 52 53; www.ecobaby.ie
For eco friendly disposable nappies
FAIRTRADE IRELAND www.fairtrade.ie/
www.ethicalconsumer.org or www.newconsumer.org Lots of information on consumer issues from the UK all of which are relevant in Ireland
Give away the stuff you want to get rid of, or receive goods from others. Excellent listing service.
Suggested sites to include:
Links to Council re-cycling centres and websites
car sharing/pooling www.gocarma.com
Cork Community Bikes http://corkcommunitybikes.com
Cork BikeShare (Coke Zero) www.bikeshare.ie/cork.html
Transition Town Kinsale – www.transitiontownkinsale.org
Reimagine Cork – www.reimaginecork.com