County Wexford Businesses urged to take advantage of the Green Business Initiative 2011

2010 programme saved Wexford Businesses €370,000 Following the success of last year’s programme, the Greening Wexford Festival Opera initiative will again be launched on Wednesday, 7th September at 10.30 am in Greenacres, North Main Street. During the launch, a report detailing the success stories of last year will also be available and should be of interest to any business looking to cut operational costs. The inaugural green business initiative, Greening Wexford Festival Opera, launched in 2010, saved 33 Wexford businesses an estimated €370,000 in 12 months. The savings were made by the simple and straightforward auditing and readjusting energy and water consumption, and through reducing waste in the participating businesses.

The 2011 launch of the real cost-saving programme is open to all business sectors to attend.  The launch event will identify simple steps business owners/managers can implement to help achieve significant cost savings whilst protecting the environment.  As a success of last year we are offering businesses FREE of charge to adopt the Green aware programme, which is a 10 step action plan to make the first steps in greening their business, which will help focus environmental efforts leading to certification.  Businesses to participate will follow a Green Aware Programme comprised of 10 steps which will help focus environmental efforts eventually leading to recognised certification.

The event, lasting until approximately 1pm, is free. However, anyone not available to attend the full launch are welcome to come at anytime during the morning to avail of information.

The green initiative developed by Wexford Festival Opera and Green Hospitality Award and supported by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Waste Prevention Programme, Econcertive and Wexford Chamber is designed to encourage Wexford businesses to foster a culture of environmental awareness and how it can lead to real cost savings.

To attend the 2011 launch event please RSVP to Mairead Power at Wexford Festival Opera by calling 053 9122144 or email green@wexfordopera.com

For further information about green business see The Green Hospitality Awards programme www.ghaward.ie  Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.ie  or Econcertive see www.ecocert.ie

The 60th Wexford Festival Opera is grant aided by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, and Wexford County and Borough Councils.