World Water Day – 22nd March 21
To coincide with World Water Day, Dr Patrice Behan, College of Sciences & Health, and Alacoque McAlpine, College of Business hosted an SDGliteracy.ie event for staff and students, to raise awareness of the global water crisis and the role of everyone in achieving SDG6.
The theme of World Water day, this year was Value in Water.
- Dr Conor Quinlan from the Environmental protection Agency (EAP) presented a very informative talk on ‘Water and Climate Adaptation – healthy catchments are resilient resources’ highlighting the need for bringing stakeholders together for integrated catchment management. Ecologically healthy, unpolluted catchments are robust and resilient catchments and can best provide the range of ecosystem services to meet our needs.
- Linda Ball from the CEO of A Different Ballgame, a UK based brand who make sustainable clothing and accessories from recycled ocean waste spoke about the problems caused by plastic pollution in our oceans. Linda described how her company in partnership with the SEAQUAL INITIATIVE, clean waste from the ocean including PET, PP, PA, metal, rubber, and glass, and how through innovative processing techniques they turn this plastic waste into yarn and eventually into clothing. Thereby, reducing plastic waste in our oceans and contributing to a circular economy
- Dr Joe Brady gave an excellent informative presentation on ‘Valuing Water for a Sustainable Future in the Biopharmaceutical Industry’. The importance of high-quality water as a raw material and the role of engineers in ensuring water is at the
picture courtesy of a Different Ball Game
required specification was highlighted. The advantages and challenges of systems put in place by the biopharmaceutical industry, to save and value water in their processes, led to an interesting discussion during the Q & A session.
Students won prizes; accessories from a A Different Ballgame for the most innovative questions to the panel.
To increase awareness around the Value of Water Dr. Patrice Behan and Alacoque McAlpine have also published an article on RTE Brainstorm called 5 ways for us to value water in our daily lives.
A member of the SDGLiteracy.ie team Alacoque McAlpine recently wrote an article for the RTE Brainstorm series “10 ways to become a sustainable fashion consumer”
Find the article here: https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1214/1184346-10-ways-sustainable-fashion/
Informative and engaging presentation from Bobby McCormac at Development Perspectives on the SDGs for TU Dublin as part of Green week. Great to hear of the actions we can take to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and the inspiring work of @devperspectives
Great insight from Brian O’Kennedy from CS Carbon on promoting responsible business – sustainability is tangible, measurable and “essential”- #12megatrends #circulareconomy #NFDR #activism #ESG #responsibility #employees #EDI Green Week
Many thanks to Àine Martin from Hotel Doolin who gave our students an inspiring presentation. The Staff and Management of Hotel Doolin are committed to reducing water, energy and waste as well as purchasing locally. Its three P’s are People, Planet and Profit and our aims are to Reduce, Re-use & Recycle! The Green Hospitality Programme aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the hotel. Hotel Doolin is Ireland’s only certified carbon neutral hotel.
In a bid to do better for its guests, community and local environment, the hotel staff founded a Green Team in 2012. The team established three main aims:
- To reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint
- To review and improve its involvement with the community
- To increase the hotel’s social responsibility
“Community and people are a key part of our culture here in Hotel Doolin and protecting the stunning environment where we’re so lucky to work and live in is a key part of our ethos”,
explains Áine Martin, the Green Team Leader, and the hotel’s HR and Purchasing Manager.
Thanks to Susan Rossney, Education Manager at Chartered Accountants Ireland for explaining the growing importance of sustainability in the accounting profession. Chartered Accountants Ireland is working on embedding sustainability throughout our activities. Its Strategy24 reflects our ambition to build a more sustainable profession and institute in all aspects of its work. The Institute was one of 14 accounting bodies worldwide to become signatories to a call to action on climate change issued by A4S in February 2020. In 2020, Chartered Accountants Ireland launched its Sustainability Hub with information, guidance, and supports to help members understand sustainability and meet the challenges it presents.