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What do we mean by Sustainable Communities?

Our vision for sustainable communities are ones that are economically thriving; environmentally healthy; and socially resilient. By taking an active role in the management and protection of your local amenities, groups like yours are actively contributing to improving well-being while promoting a clean environment and a prosperous future. 

Dara Lynott, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from ‘Sustainable Communities: a funding handbook for community-led groups’.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Throughout the toolkit we will make links between the content and the Sustainable Development Goals, and we likewise encourage you to find out more about these goals and make the links with the work you are already doing now! 

The Sustainable Development Goals present a huge opportunity to ‘think global act local’. There are 17 goals developed for all nations to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring no one is left behind. The national targets for Ireland include: housing, levels of obesity, achieving sustainable consumption patterns, reducing youth unemployment, addressing entrenched inequalities and mainstreaming a gender perspective into policy.

We can see how the community sector is incredibly significant in how Ireland will reach these specific targets. Communities have the potential to be at the forefront of the journey towards a more sustainable future for Ireland and more globally.