Lord Mayor promotes plans to ‘Turn Ireland Green’

On Monday 10th October, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Dublin’s Mansion House, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr will outline his plans to contact each of the Mayors of Ireland to challenge them to follow his lead and help to ‘Turn Ireland Green’. Each Mayor will be requested to go online and signup to do a free online training course and then encourage others to take up the ‘The GreenPlan© Champion for Communities’ challenge. Participants can use The GreenPlan Toolkit to enable them to introduce changes that will tackle climate change and improve the quality of life for all.

The GreenPlan Toolkit is a step by step guide that, once followed, will reduce people’s carbon footprint by 20% and introduce a host of social benefits, promoting cleaner air and health. Once the online course is completed, participants can turn their relevant county green on the ‘Green Map’. All details are on: www.thegreenplan.ie (page goes live on Sunday 16th October 2016).

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “I am looking forward to taking up the Challenge and bringing positive change to both my life here in the Mansion House and throughout Dublin.  I am also challenging my fellow Mayors around Ireland to turn their county green by signing up for The GreenPlan Toolkit. The GreenPlan is a brilliant way for any community to get together and unite for a cause that pays back in more ways than one. I congratulate Neil McCabe, the founder of The GreenPlan for all his hard work and wish this endeavour every success”.

As the first public figure to complete the course the Lord Mayor and his team will take actual actions to bring positive change to the Mansion House in Dublin. An interactive map will be updated regularly on the website so everyone can keep informed about how their community is engaging with the project.


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Notes to the Editor

From the humble grass roots origin of a Dublin Fire Station, Neil’s brainchild ‘The GreenPlan’ has been recognised globally as a world leading, best practice, to mitigate Climate Change in the built environment, business and in communities.

Neil has spent the last nine years guiding and developing the public and private sectors to take actual steps to mitigate climate change using his new system – The GreenPlan. This has including high level round table talks with the European Union and International Governments; including the writing of two European Union Directives for Air Quality and Water use. In 2012, Kilbarrack Fire Station, Dublin, became the world’s first carbon neutral Fire Station by using Neil’s System. This reduced Dublin Fire Brigades energy demand by 44% way ahead of the 2020 targets.

As an Ashoka Fellow and Social Entrepreneur, Neil has developed deep scaling strategies and techniques to embed genuine sustainable development using actual actions to mitigate Climate Change.  This year Neil has converted his work to a free online training course that gives communities globally, the toolkit, to create real impact, lower their carbon footprint and save money.

Earlier this year Neil was invited to the United States as a guest of Dept. of State on the pilot Fellowship – Young Transatlantic Innovative Leadership Initiative. During his time there, Neil presented The GreenPlan in Stanford University to, a global audience including President Obama, during the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Silicon Valley.  On the 4th of October, Neil addressed the EU Parliament in Brussels as a guest of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaking about transatlantic relations and many benefits to society using The GreenPlan.

Neil has previously won over 15 global leadership awards and the Irish Green Leader Award in 2011 and 2014. Neil still works a full time shift as a Fireman with Dublin Fire Brigade.