This policy represents the commitment of The Cavan Centre to improving its standards for being environmentally aware, efficiently managing energy usage, waste control, recycling of materials, monitoring and control of transport usage and reduction of mains water usage. The Cavan Centre takes its responsibility for protecting the environment through its practices of waste management and effective use of its utilities and services most seriously. It takes special interest in leading by example, promoting its practices, reasons and outcomes in accordance with its ethos of empowerment and learning and evaluating the balance between financial considerations and effectiveness of a particular practice. Staff at all levels have a role to play in ensuring that participants and themselves strive to make environmental awareness and positive waste reducing practices by actively encouraging environmental awareness into the culture of The Centre, and also by empowering through leading by example and promoting its values. This will be done in a positive and proactive manner by:-
Integrating waste management initiatives with current/on-going work practices. Giving consideration to ethical purchasing, buying locally and from renewable resources where possible. Make continual and consistent effort to reduce paper usage. Continue to grow and supply our own food to staff and visitors and use this and it’s by-products as an educational tool for all.
Constantly and consistently reducing waste materials to landfill where possible. Recycling materials through use of outside agencies where appropriate.
Promoting a healthy physical and emotional lifestyle to staff, visitors, volunteer through activities, food sports etc. Supporting staff and visitors by creating a healthy working environment. Promoting personal development. Incorporating initiatives, where possible, which reduce our carbon footprint.
To improve the habitats of local species and educate visitors of the wildlife which is present in our local environment. Actively encourage links with the local community to incorporate local heritage and cultural resources.
In keeping with our ethos to keep sustainable development at the forefront of our minds and use this to educate our visitors, we have made in-roads into running a series of workshops for Dublin City Council in conjunction with Eco Unesco. These training days, which we hope will be the start of many, will take place in the early part of 2016. While continuing to seek new ways to reduce, reuse, recycle we put in place an avenue to recycle old electronic equipment which will keep items that do not decompose out of landfill. Big steps were taken during 2015 to reduce our carbon footprint with the installation of solar panels and PV Panels. The Centres in house maintenance team continued the project of interior insulation in the residential areas. Single gazed windows in the Centre were replaced with new double glazed units.
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Tumble driers use more energy than any other household appliance, hang clothes out to dry instead. Reducing by 1 load a week can reduce CO2 emissions by 90kg a year, if you have to run loads back-to-back while the drum is hot.
We are now in the position to be able to grow flowers & vegetables from seed. The flowers are used to enhance the environment with planters, window boxes and hanging baskets. The vegetables are propagated, planted, cultivated, picked and then transported to our kitchens, where they are used to feed our visitors and then any peelings are composted and used as fertiliser for the vegetable beds and planters etc.
The Clasac Centre was again full with friends of the Cavan Centre to celebrate the achievements of the participants on the Breaking the Cycle programme and visitors to The Empowering Communities Programme. The Tony Gregory Environmental Award is presented to the group who engage most positively in recycling practices during a stay at the Centre. This year’s award was presented to Sphere 17 Youth Service. Congratulations to all the award recipients.