Welcome to the Environmental Awareness & Research Unit
The Unit has responsibility for developing and implementing environmental awareness programmes in Cork County. The current Environmental Strategy 2016-2020 is available for downloading. The key objectives are Waste Prevention Awareness, Antilitter Awareness, Water Conservation & Water Pollution, and Climate Change & Biodiversity. Cork County Council regards education as a fundamental cornerstone of environmental protection.
Cork County Council is actively promoting waste prevention and resource conservation throughout its public awareness campaigns. Key target groups include businesses, schools and communities.
To this end, Dr Mary Stack, manages the EARU for Cork County Council is running a proactive awareness programme with local initiatives at the core.
At the heart of our youth programme is the Green School Flag initiative. The Council actively promotes this eco Educational Environmental Awards Programme accredited by on Taisce www.greenschoolsireland.org. Following the establishment of the Environmental Awareness Unit, the number of schools participating in the programme has soared from 15 in 2005 to 320 in 2015. This is > 90% of all Cork County schools primary & second level schools.
1st Green Flag Ballyheady & 3rd Flag for Scoil Mhuire.
Cork County Council itself has participated in waste minimisation & water-energy conservation programmes 'initially with an Action at Work' initiative for its own employees since 2007, through to current participation in national Local Authority Prevention Network. Our energy section has established EMAP energy conservation initiatives to allow the Council to meet the 20% CO2 reduction by 2020.
Council staff assist with information day events.
Community involvement, through the Local Agenda 21 Environment fund the Council has directly sponsored over 500 local environmental projects in towns and villages.
The calendar year is extremely busy starting with Green schools assessments & visits in January through to April and again in November to December. The EARU assists with providing workshop trainings for teachers, compost bins and water butts. Lots of additional environmental materials on requests and facilitate school tours to Inniscarra Water works and compost demonstration site.
Spring months brings National Spring Clean events, Neat Streets, Eco Unesco Youth Projects, Schools garden competition, schools poster competition
Exhibit by 3rd class in Art Category Best School Garden.
Summer explodes with events such as National Spring Clean events, May is Compost Awareness Month, June is Antilitter Challenge for Towns & Villages, Tidy Towns judging, July through August hosts Fota youth camp environment events, Chew It Bin events, Blue Flag Beach & Clean Coast events, Greening Festivals, Stream & River awareness projects & biodiversity talks.
Tidy Towns campaigns to reduce your food waste.
Autumn sees continuation of sustainable gardening projects, Islands environmental initiatives, sustainable shopping events, heritage events. Winter see series of environmental awareness training events for Tidy Towns, SME.s & Global Action Plan courses and support for Christmas appeals.
Greening summer street festivals with promotion of sustainable practices.