Sustainable living is a lifestyle choice, making simple changes which lead to a reduction in consumption of natural resources and help to build more sustainable communities.
At its most basic, sustainable living means living a lifestyle that uses as few resources as possible and which causes the least amount of environmental damage for future generations to deal with.
SUPPORTS FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
We believe that empowered people can make a difference! We work within communities and community groups across Ireland developing eco-friendly supports, sustainable living workshops/programmes that help individuals reduce their consumption habits.
Whether it is reducing our carbon footprint by choosing alternative modes of transport, reducing energy and water consumption in the home, or altering our diets – sustainable living can be a realistic and achievable goal that builds more sustainable communities whilst reducing our impact on the planet.
GAP PROGRAMME BENEFITS:
Benefits to individuals who adopt a more sustainable lifestyle include:
Saving money: Individuals can save money on household bills by reducing energy/water consumption and reducing waste.
Healthier living: Adopting a more sustainable way of life is about taking better care of yourself, whether it is deciding to walk or cycle instead of taking the car; using less chemicals and more eco-friendly products in your home; eating locally sourced and traceable food – each have a positive effect on your well-being and that of your family.
Responsible living: By acting responsibly today, we can help ensure a healthier, more stable planet for future generations and sustain natural resources into the future.
Community connections: Getting involved in local community environmental initiatives and projects helps build closer connections with your neighbours and community and creates a sense of resilience and environmental sustainability.
PROGRAMMES AND WORKSHOPS:
At GAP we help build and strengthen sustainable communities by empowering local people to make a difference. We believe in supporting individuals to be the agents of change in their local community by tapping into their talents, creativity and interests. Our team of expert facilitators travel to meet with communities and groups around the country.
Our workshops include:
GREEN LIVING PROGRAMME:
A 4-part sustainable living workshop for households covering 4 topics – Waste, Water, Energy and Food.
Participants discover how changes in the home can result in lowering energy bills, reducing waste & conserving water. The GLP is an action-based programme – these are measurable, everyday actions to reduce environmental impact. It is hugely empowering to know that a series of simple household actions combined on a local, national and global scale can save vast quantities of water and energy.
Home composting produces rich organic compost while reducing garden and food waste, and in turn – bin charges.
Delivered by an expert horticulturist, this workshop includes a site visit/practical demonstrations of the many different options available for home composting and assess which option is best for each participant or community.
Both beginners and advanced workshops available.
Gardens are increasingly important in the race against biodiversity loss and are important habitats for native species. Delivered by an expert horticulturist, elements of the workshop include selecting and planting native tree and plant species; habitat creation; planting for pollinators and more.
Learn how to make space for wildlife in your garden or community.
GROW YOUR OWN:
Growing your own food offers many benefits: knowing where your food comes from, healthier eating habits; reduction in food miles and food waste. This workshop is aimed at the beginner and will show you how to design your garden for vegetable growing, soil preparation, plant selection, crop rotation and companion planning.
2 hour workshop, delivered by an expert horticulturist and held in a community garden.
Both beginners and advanced workshops available.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP:
Do more with less – this is the basic principle of energy efficiency. It begins with understanding how much energy you use in the home.
A practical insight into saving energy throughout your home, understanding energy bills and how to make savings, how much each home applicance uses, and what you can do to reduce the energy needs of your home.
RETHINKING WASTE WORKSHOP:
Today’s modern lifestyle has led to a ‘throwaway’ society, significant increases in waste generation and increasing bin charges. Every item purchased uses natural resources and energy in production, generates production waste , requires energy for transport and eventually becomes part of the waste stream.
This workshop addresses the issues of waste reduction, recycling and explores ways in which individuals can make changes in the waste management of their households and communities.
WATER WISE WORKSHOP:
About 70% of the planets surface is covered by water, but only 1% is usable for human consumption. Using water wisely will ensure lower household charges and ensure clean fresh water is abundant for generations to come.
This workshop explores how much water we each use, including in cooking, cleaning and washing, with practical tips to reduce water use throughout the home.
RETHINKING FOOD WASTE:
Did you know that we dispose of 1/3 of all the food we purchase each year? This 2 hour workshop addresses the theme of food waste, locally and globally, while thinking about the environment, climate and health. It promotes awareness looking to the impact of global food production systems on our climate and biodiversity, and identifies ways of reducing food waste in the home and in our everyday lives.
For more information on the sustainable living supports we provide for communities and groups please contact a member of our team – (01) 883 2185