Galway Convention Bureau launch Plastic an Packing Training Course

Plastics and packaging are a hot topic on the media and social platforms, the war against plastic has grown expediently in the past couple of years, and the
public perception of those businesses that reduce their single use plastics is a very positive one.

Galway Convention Bureau are working with an eco tourism training company to provide training to its hotels in Galway on reducing and eradicating plastic and packaging in their businesses.

The benefits on implement all the actions on the course would be:

Abolishing single use plastics at the hotel and reducing their packaging, this will reduce their waste bills (economic benefits), it will also give the hotel an opportunity to use it is a PR and marketing tool, customers are demanding a reduction of plastic in our industry more and more, and it will position the hotel as a business that cares for their environmental impact. The business will also be in a position to apply for some Green Awards, Green Hospitality Ireland offers a “Plastic Smart” recognition which business can apply for once they have implemented the actions on the course.

Galway Convention Bureau will gather the results of each hotels actions to reduce and eradicate plastic and compile one report for the destination and report back to members of the performance and findings with recommendations.

Steps to Sustainability Galway Convention Bureau Member Workshop

We had a great workshop with an expert panel of speakers on how the convention bureau and our members can start taking steps to sustainability and help make Galway a sustainable destination. Ideas were shared among members on what was working for them. Some have already established green teams but need to now measure results. Galway Convention Bureau are happy to facilitate regular workshops working close with the local authorities to share information and training opportunities with members.

The immediate actions from our workshop are :

  1. Form a green team (nominate yourself : ) )
  2. If already a member of Green Hospitality progress to 3rd party accreditation.
  3. If not a member consider becoming one and contact Maurice
  4. Benchmark your business using the free survey on
  5.  RFPs from the bureau will now include a link to our new sustainability page on our website to view click the following link Sample RFP Galway Convention Bureau
  6. Michelle O Dowd Sustainability Office for NUI Galway shared an event check list they intend to send to delegates. The checklist contains ideas to make their conference more sustainable when holding events on the grounds of NUI Galway. View the list on the following link – NUI Galway Sustainable Event Check List 2018, it would be a great idea for members to adopt a similar initiative for their own future conferences.
  7.  To increase the visibility on the accessibility of our hotels, venues and restaurants all members should update this information on the following google app
  8. Progress Reports – Will be published on receipt of our GDSI ranking and communicated via the local media and our members. In the meantime a list of our hotels and venues with membership to Green Hospitality and those who have received 3rd party accreditation from Green Hospitality can be found on this link greenhospitalitygalway If any other members are applying for a seperate accreditation please inform the convention bureau.

From this workshop we have now formed a Green Team to help execute our Destination Sustainable Strategy. Any one interested in joining our green team can email their interest to [email protected]

Galway Convention Bureau Green Team External

Kerry O Sullivan Go West

Fergus O Halloran The Twelve Hotel

Michelle O Dowd NUI Galway

Arlene Finn Galway City Council

Rose Finn Galway Convention Bureau

Galway Convention Bureau Green Team Internal

Caitriona Doran Failte Ireland

Rose Finn Galway Convention Bureau

Dedicated Sustainability Manager for Ireland

Caitriona Doran Failte Ireland

Galway Convention Bureau – One Small Change –

Promoting Sustainable Events in Galway 2018

Green Your Gathering Conference

We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to present at the recent Green Your Gathering Conference in Galway. Where we got the opportunity to talk about our intention to enter into the Global Destination Sustainability Index for Galway.

Don’t Let Good Food Go To Waste

Free Cookery Demo GMIT March 6th

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway City Council and Galway County Council present a free cookery demonstration on food waste prevention in the home – Economy Gastronomy!

Enjoy an informative, educational food demonstration whilst learning essential tips around food waste prevention and cooking on a budget.

In addition to the cooking demonstration, experts will be on hand to give advice on menu planning, food waste prevention, food storage, composting and general waste management.

This is a free event but due to limited spaces being available, registration is required.

Our Ocean Wealth Summit Galway – Investing in Marine Ireland – 28th -29th June

Galway Convention Bureau and our members got on board with Seafest and the Ocean Wealth Summit Conference to make our businesses plastic free for the duration of the conference and festival. This was following on from “Plastic Free Week” where  businesses in Galway didn’t use plastic for a week. Now in its fifth year, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated marine plan – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. The Summit is a key event for the marine sector and related industries, offering a platform for discussion on the future of Ireland’s marine sector.

Celebrate ‘Green and Blue’ Spaces at the Loving Galway Festival! 20th – 30th September

The first ‘Loving Galway’ sustainability festival will run from the 20-30th of September 2018, in celebration of the ‘Green and Blue’ spaces breathing life into Galway City. The festival is a unique collaboration between Galway City Council, Galway City Community Network, NUI Galway, LAWCO, Galway Environmental Network, Youth Work Ireland Galway, Green-Schools, Galway Waterways, and community and environmental groups across the city. The festival builds on decades of activity by the City’s environmental community and is a legacy of Galway’s European Green Leaf designation in 2017.

Full Programme of Events can be downloaded by following the link  Loving Galway Programme 2018 FINAL LO RES

Cuan Beo – Linking the Land and the Sea – 13th September

Cuan Beo brought a popular new dimension to Cruinniu na mBad 2018 with a series of lectures and local chefs presenting their work in the Cuan Beo Marquee over the two days. The events attracted large crowds estimated to be in excess of 5,000.

Cuan Beo is an innovative coastal community group that supports individuals and organisations to understand and adopt sustainable practices associated with the aquatic resource of South Galway Bay from Oranmore to Blackhead in Co. Clare.

The Cuan Beo theme for the Cruinniu 2018 was ‘Linking the land and the sea – A holistic approach to creating a sustainable future for Galway Bay’

Connemara Green Festival 12th – 14th October

Eating for Conservation

The Connemara Green Festival celebrates Mother Nature, aims to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects. The festival is now in it’s 4th year.

Our theme this year is ‘Eating for Conservation’ and the festival will raise funds for awareness of the conservation of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel.

The festival takes place from Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October and is based in Letterfrack village, Connemara, at the foot of the majestic Connemara National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Enjoy inspiring events including walks with local ecologists and historians, nature workshops, foraging on the seashore, hill walks, learning about local fauna and flora, outdoor activities, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, pond dipping in the Connemara National Park, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay. Kids and adults are welcome and many events are free to attend.

Our Destination Strategy

Galway Convention Bureau with the support of our National Tourist Development Body Failte Ireland share the same mandate, mission, values and vision when it comes to sustainability we want to work with our suppliers and community to make Galway a sustainable destination. Further information on our joint strategy can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

Green Procurement Policy

Our green procurement policy is a process where we seek to source goods, services or works with a reduced environmental impact. Galway Convention Bureau want to promote green procurement, in order to support our Sustainable destination strategy and Ireland’s environmental and wider sustainable development objectives along with UNS SDG.

Galway Convention Bureau want to minimise the environmental “foot prints” of our procurement activities, we want to purchase products and services that cause minimal adverse environmental impacts. We search for high quality products and services at competitive prices.
As a small company our procurement is on a small scale however our first objective is to buy local where possible to reduce air miles and carbon impact on the environment.

Our full policy can be viewed  here : Galway Convention Bureau Green Procurement Policy. pdf

Sustainable Suppliers

Spotlight on Sustainable Venues

National University of Ireland Galway

The National University of Galway is the largest venue in Galway capable of accommodating up to 1100 delegates theatre style, with up to 15 breakout rooms available on campus along with two Gala Dinner Venues the Alua Maxima and Bailey Allen Hall. NUIG also has accommodation for up to 1200 delegates during the summer using its student accommodation facilities.

Building on its existing reputation as an environmentally-friendly and societally responsive university, NUI Galway launched a wide-reaching Sustainability Strategy in November 2017. The NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2017-2020 sets out a vision of establishing the University as a top-class, green, smart and healthy campus. The Strategy outlines objectives and targets for the next three academic years as the first steps in the journey towards a sustainable campus and as part of a transition towards a sustainable community. The Strategy was developed by the Community and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) over the past year, following a comprehensive and inclusive engagement process with the campus community.

The Strategy is based on a Learn-Live-Lead model whereby the University will build on its core strengths in teaching and research to learn about the environment and new techniques, analyse campus operations, building performance and user habits to live more sustainably and connect to the broader community and other institutions, to lead by example.

Some of the progress to date includes the launch of a sustainability website, development and roll-out of a sustainable event checklist, design of a biodiversity trail celebrating nature on campus, launch of  Student Sustainability Leadership Awards Programme, increased number of sustainability teaching programmes, increased engagement in energy awareness campaigns,  installation of solar PV in some key buildings etc.

It is envisaged that successful implementation of the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy will ensure that NUI Galway’s reputation around the world is enhanced, that graduates are valued for their world-readiness, that research tackles societal challenges and that the campus is a role model for sustainability.

Spotlight on Sustainable Hotels

The Twelve Hotel Barna

Gold Medal Award Winner 2018 Green Hospitality

Galway Convention Bureau putting the spotlight on sustainable suppliers in Galway. This month we are putting the spotlight on The Twelve Hotel Barna.

Winner of a Gold Award from Green Hospitality Awards.

The twelve have set out objectivies and targets for the year ahead to make the hotel a more sustainable venue. If you stay at the hotel here is how you can make your stay more greener.

12 Things You Can do To make Your Stay Greener…
Adhering to our ‘Towel Reuse Programme’
Conservative use of water by using the two flush mechanism in the public areas
Not running water while brushing teeth
Not running water while shaving but rather fill the basin
Turn off air conditioning when windows are open
Place all clean dry recycling items in metal bin in room and general waste in bin in the toilet
Please call reception if you would like your linen changed
Please ask at reception for our guest guide where you will find lots of local biodiversity activities
Have any used batteries? You can leave them at our collection point at reception
Turn off lights in bathroom when not in use
Turn off lights and tv if not needed
Take your key card from socket when leaving your room
Electric Car Charging Stations Available

To learn more about how you can make your holiday and life carbon free, please visit this website:

Spotlight on Sustainable Restaurants

Wholly Cow

Galway Convention Bureau putting the spotlight on sustainable suppliers in Galway. This month we are putting the spotlight on Wholly Cow Burgers.

Wholly Cow Burgers opened in Newcastle January 2018, and with it came a serious local, fresh approach to food.

The menu is simple, 5 burgers, one veggie of course and chips cut in house. Galway reared cows make for a succulent 8oz patty, all served in a homemade brioche bun. What goes with the burger is very simple, as the meat will do the talking. Head chef and co-owner Val pickles his own veg and makes his very own signature sauces to compliment every palette.The entire menu is Irish with more than 90% coming from Galway alone. The meat and bread are all sourced in Galway with a range of Irish cheeses from around the country playing a starring role.

With only 1% general waste, they are committed to a sustainable low carbon footprint product, using all recyclable eco-friendly packaging. The burgers are served in bespoke wooden crates.

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