Environmental Stewardship Conference Programme

    • November 3, 2015
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:30 pmRaoul Empey - Sustainability Engineer, SustineoPresentation Title: Climate Talk Ireland. Presentation Synopsis: Raoul will speak about a recent initiative which aims to raise awareness about the climate crisis in the run up to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 21st Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris (COP21). COP21 aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. The presentation will provide an overview of the Climate Reality Project, will look at the experience of the Irish Climate Reality Leaders to date, and will offer an opportunity for businesses to engage in the climate change debate. Climate Talk Ireland gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship support received from the Environmental Protection Agency.
      • 1:30 pm - 1:45 pmKarl Dalton - Environment Manager, Connolly HospitalPresentation Title: “First, do no harm! Sustainability Steps in Healthcare” Presentation Synopsis: For most of the 20th century healthcare organisations essentially functioned as settings for treating sickness. This approach was the direct consequence of the scientific and medical advances of two World Wars where the curing of illness seen as the zenith of human achievement . Now there is a greater understanding that from an operational perspective healthcare is an interactive element of the local and global environment, and from a treatment perspective that prevention through community engagement and education in healthy lifestyles is better than cure.
      • 1:45 pm - 2:00 pmMaura Lyons- Programme Manager, Leave no TracePresentation Title: The outdoors is yours, protect it! Presentation Synopsis: Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. This partner driven organisation teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics programme in Ireland. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, Leave No Trace ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you – the world we all enjoy.
      • 2:00 pm - 2:15 pmMargaret Gormley - Chief Park Superintendent, OPWPresentation Title: Good environmental stewardship in park management as implemented at various OPW key sites including Phoenix Park, St. Stephens Green, Garinish Island, etc. Presentation Synopsis: Presentation will include Green Flag Awards for environmental park management, Biodiversity initiatives, introduction of wildflower meadows, etc.
      • 2:15 pm - 2:35 pmMichael Millane – Research officer, Inland Fisheries IrelandPresentation Title: Strategy, policy and practice: protecting Ireland’s waterways from the threat and impacts of invasive species. Presentation Synopsis: This presentation will outline recent and present approaches to address the threat and impacts of invasive species in Irish waterways. Invasive species are non-native species whose introduction and / or spread threaten biological diversity, or may have socio-economic or other unforeseen impacts. Ireland has been susceptible to historical and modern introductions of non-native species through both deliberate and inadvertent means. Although, the country has experienced fewer invasions by non-native species than countries on mainland Europe, increasing globalisation is accelerating the rate of such introductions to Ireland. This is evidenced by the fact that most of the problematic aquatic invasive species present in Ireland today were introduced in the last 20 years. In general, aquatic invasive species act by competitively excluding or out-competing the less robust native species, by preying on native species or by altering the natural habitat in which they reside. They can also adversely impact recreational and amenity use in infested watercourses.
      • 2:35 pm - 3:05 pmBreak
      • 3:05 pm - 3:20 pmEdward Murphy - Waste Officer Assistant, Cork University HospitalPresentation Title: Achieving a Sustainable Environment in Acute Healthcare Settings. Presentation Synopsis: It would be interesting to speak about what makes acute healthcare settings like CUH unique when considering how to organise environmental initiatives (energy profiles, the large volume of staff and students, the variety of people that use the hospital, complex waste streams etc.) and I can draw on the experiences that CUH has had to date in our journey with the Green Campus Programme. The Sustainability Programme at CUH was given an official brand identity and is recognised on the campus as the SEECO programme. ‘SEECO’ stands for lasting social, environmental and economic sustainable change. SEECO seeks to inform and inspire staff to become more energy efficient and adopt and promote a low carbon lifestyle, at work and at home. The SEECO project has seen a large scale awareness campaign rolled out in CUH in an attempt to effect fundamental cultural change. As well as ‘greening’ the hospital, sustainable healthcare includes adapting how we deliver services, promoting health and well being, corporate social responsibility and developing more sustainable models of healthcare.
      • 3:20 pm - 3:35 pmLiam Lysaght- Centre Director, National Biodiversity Data CentrePresentation Title: Helping to mainstream biodiversity. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will highlight some of the ways in which biodiversity data are now more freely available, making it easier for biodiversity considerations to be included in decision-making processes.
      • 3:35 pm - 3:50 pmBarbara MacMahon - Corporate Sustainability Consultant, Life Cycle Solutions for Sustainable BusinessPresentation Title: Life Cycle Thinking – strategies which add value to your organisation while protecting people, the planet and corporate reputation. Presentation Synopsis: Life Cycle Thinking is used by companies to create value by looking at resource use in their product life cycle. Rooted in Life Cycle Assessment, it is used by the most forward-thinking organisations to identify opportunities in their supply chain, mitigate risk and design more sustainable products. This talk aims to explain what Life Cycle Thinking is; why you would apply it and how it can be used to mitigate risks and create value beyond the four walls of your organisation.
      • 3:50 pm - 4:05 pmCraig Bullock - Research Fellow, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCDPresentation Title: Ecosystem Services, Sustainability, Policy and the Private Sector Presentation Synopsis: A understanding of ecosystem services can contribute substantially to the sustainable management of environmental resources. The presentation will discuss EU and international initiatives with regard to ecosystem services and biodiversity. It will discuss the importance of an understanding of ecosystem services for both governments and businesses with regard to conformance with environmental management and environmental liability regimes and the potential economic income and savings associated with, for example, payments for ecosystem services and win-win strategies to natural resource use and protection.