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Public sector to be targeted in healthy workplace campaign

The public sector is to be the focus of a new campaign to encourage healthy workplace policies. The campaign is being prepared by Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and will be driven by the Healthy Ireland initiative, which aims to improve the country’s physical and mental health. As part of the campaign, employers across the…

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Sky Academy Arts Scholarship Won by Kevin Gaffney – Dublin Visual Artist

Visual artist Kevin Gaffney was last night named the Irish winner of the Sky Academy arts scholarship. The 28 year-old Dublin artist, who works in photography and film, will receive £30,000 (€38,000) towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from Sky and the arts…

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Volunteering: how companies in Ireland are helping to make a difference

To coincide with National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Ireland CEO Nina Arwitz discusses the growing interest in employee volunteering in Ireland. This week is National Volunteering Week, our big campaign in Volunteer Ireland to help raise awareness of how people can volunteer and to highlight just how many diverse opportunities are available for people to get…

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Investment News: Sustainable Now Outperforming Traditional – Morgan Stanley Report

Investing in sustainability usually meets and often exceeds the performance of comparable traditional investments, both on an absolute and risk-adjusted basis, across asset classes and over time, according to a new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The Sustainable Reality report reviewed 10,228 open-end mutual funds and 2,874 separately managed accounts over…

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Bus powered on human sewerage running from Bath to Bristol Airport

A bus powered on human waste took to the road in the UK this week with engineers believing it could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport and cutting carbon emissions. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that’s unfit for human consumption, helps to…

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200,000 bees to live in AIB HQ rooftop apiary in Ballsbridge

Boyne Valley Group and AIB have introduced the first rooftop apiary on a commercial building in Ireland in an attempt to help increase the country’s bee population. The initiative will see over 200,000 honeybees located on the sixth story roof of AIB Bankcentre in Ballsbridge. It is expected the bees will pollinate flowers and trees…

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US College scores a first as it becomes ‘grid-positive’

Butte College in California has become the first US college to go ‘grid positive,’ generating more electricity from its solar arrays than it consumes, and deliverering power back to the electric grid. Located 75 miles from Sacramento and located on a 928-acre wildlife refuge, Butte College will see significant cost savings from its solar arrays.…

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German parliament approves motion to be nuclear free by 2022

Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, has today voted comprehensively to abandon nuclear energy by 2022. Representatives from the Social Democrats and the Green Party voted with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition to support the motion, with the vote splitting 513 in favour and 79 against. The bill will still have to be passed…

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Amlin and Aviva top UK carbon ranking list

The Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO) has ranked insurance groups Amlin and Aviva at the top of its UK 100 Carbon Ranking list. The ET UK 100 Carbon Ranking list highlights the best and worst businesses in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and levels of transparency. Amlin comes out as the best performer with carbon intensities…

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