31 March 2010

Going Green in Ireland

Press Release

Adventure Company, Outdoors Ireland, along with other sixty tourism businesses in Kerry, have just become members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Businesses opting to join Green Tourism are assessed against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more. Those businesses that meet the required standard, receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on their level of achievement. The current network of members is comprised of a wide range of business types, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions and corporate offices.

‘We're part of a brand-new pilot project and are now preparing for our green inspection, at the beginning of June. We're hoping to be the first adventure company in Ireland to achieve the silver or gold award. That means a lot of hard work and innovative thinking between now and June’ says Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland. ‘Becoming a green, environmentally friendly, outdoor adventure company is becoming increasingly important; to preserve the pristine landscape we work in, to satisfy any environmental concerns of our customers and to play our part in demonstrating how it's possible to lessen our impact on the mountains and lakes of Ireland.’

Mary Stack, Failte Ireland Environmental Officer, says 'Outdoors Ireland is one of the 60 tourism businesses taking part in a flagship pilot project run by Fáilte Ireland and South Kerry Development Partnership to ‘green’ tourism businesses in South Kerry. The project, which was launched in December 2009 seeks to bring 60 tourism businesses through environmental training and mentoring, and to achieve accreditation to the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses can achieve either bronze, silver or gold level accreditation under the scheme, depending on the level of environmental best practice which has been implemented in each business.’

Outdoors Ireland are running a competition looking for ‘green’ ideas to implement into their adventure trips. ‘We would love to hear people’s ideas and suggestions as to what we can to become greener and more environmentally friendly’ states Kingerlee. To enter the competition and suggest ideas email info@outdoorsireland.com or click here.

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