Who should come:
Anyone interested in sustainability focussed job creation and willing to help with planning a larger event for the wider public within the next few weeks.This larger event will be a relaunch of an initiative taken in summer 2012 where ideas were brought forward in a number of sector as follows:
- Renewable energy (Wind, Electricity Storage and Smart Grid Technologies)
- Biomass (heat) and Biofuel (transport) also linking in with tcbb.ie (Ireland’s national Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy headed up by Ryan Institute in Galway).
- Food production where Ireland has potential to replace billions in imports.
- Biochar (wood charcoal with the benefits of both soil enhancement and continuous carbon capture).
- In waste management a “Resource Recovery Park”. Such a Centre could be located in Carrowbrowne or Ballinasloe.
- A Cultural Centre for Practical Sustainability.
- An Energy Storage Park potentially located at Parkmore and grid connected to Ballybrit.
- Food (looking at Spain as an example)
Some new areas coming into focus are:
- Identifying an early opportunity to focus on (finding greatest potential for success) .
- City of Culture opportunities: this has put a focus on broadening what is arts and culture and there may be synergetic opportunities such as the rejuvenation of Salthill for commercial activities.
- Healthy food wholesale / bulk buyers
- Finding a venue for a co-op.
- City of Culture opportunities (e.g. rejuvination of Salthill may provide appropriate venue for starting commercial activities)
Previous correspondence on the co-operatives and sustainable jobs initiative can be found at