Clare County Council has congratulated the residents of An Sean Dún in Ennis on beating off competition from communities all over the island of Ireland to win the overall Calor Sustainable Community Champion Award.
Councillor John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council described the win as “a tribute” to the residents of the Tulla Road housing estate for increasing their sustainability efforts and improving the local environment. They should be very proud indeed of their achievements, and are wonderful ambassadors for County Clare.
Tom Coughlan, the Chief Executive of Clare County Council said the local authority, through both the Environment section and the Planning Section, has for a number of years provided support to residents to help improve their contribution to the environment.
Mr. Coughlan noted that An Sean Dún had also received grant aid under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, a funding scheme jointly operated by Clare County Council to increase local levels of environmental awareness and help communities become more sustainable.
Joan Tarmey, Clare Environmental Awareness Officer added: “The residents of An Sean Dún really are champions of the environment and have been so for a number of years, during which time I have been privileged to provide them with advice and support.”
Ms. Tarmey said the development earlier this year of a sustainability pack for all households in the estate helped to secure the Calor Sustainable Community Champion Award for An Sean Dún.
The Sustainability pack consists of an energy monitor to encourage people to minimise energy use, a reusable shopping bag to cut down on plastic bag usage, pasta/rice measures and fruit/vegetable savers to help reduce food waste, a roll of Radiator Reflector foil to prevent energy wastage and water displacement devices to reduce water usage.
“This excellent sustainable living initiative has been developed by residents in an effort to encourage householders to make small changes that deliver cost savings as well as help the environment. It is wonderful example of how members of a local community can come and work together to effect really positive change for the area they live in and within their own homes,” added Ms. Tarmey.