Following its announcement two weeks ago, Fingal County Council (FCC)’s Keen to Be Green Facilities Project was launched at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport on Thursday, 30 September 2021.
Many representatives from the participating community facilities (including from both Rush Community Centre and Rush Multipurpose Youth Facility) were present as part of the Fingal Community Facilities Network (FCFN).
The Keen to Be Green Facilities Project is a collaboration between FCC’s Community Development Office, Environment Department and the FCFN that is committed to a five-year action plan to make Fingal more resilient to climate change. As part of the project, each facility has a five-stage plan it will commit to in areas of waste management, energy efficiency, water conservation, transport and biodiversity.
Launching the project, Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Daniel Whooley said:
“I am confident that the project will grow from strength to strength. It will provide communities with the opportunity to learn more about climate action and become more aware of how together we can affect change. Together we recognise the impact climate action is having on our planet. The Facilities Network have come together to develop this project to play their part for the greater benefit of the community. Community centres are best placed to be leading role models in the provision of access to education and further opportunity.”
The launch event also featured presentations from FCC’s Environmental Awareness Officer Sinéad Fox and network member Heidi Bedell, before each centre representative was presented with their Keen To Be Green Facilities Charter for display on their premises.
Linda Ennis, Principal Community Development Officer, added:
“The Community Development Office is committed to supporting the network to build on this project in to the future. Fingal County Council is very fortunate to have a wide range of community facilities across the county. Our facilities vary from large multipurpose shared facilities, centres with gyms, meeting rooms, dance studios, childcare facilities and outdoor spaces. The community development office works closely with 33 community centres and with many volunteers and communities across Fingal. Community facilities provide so many opportunities to people across Fingal to become part of their community.”