EPA and Wexford Festival Opera in Community Partnership

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Wexford Festival Opera have joined forces in an effort to help people reduce waste and save money, while also helping to protect the environment.  As part of the community partnership, the EPA will have a presence at all of the ShortWorks performances of A Dinner Engagement and The Magic Flute during the 2012 Opera Festival to promote their BeGreen programme.

The BeGreen programme is a one stop shop for individuals and businesses in Wexford to help them save money while preventing waste, conserving water and reducing their energy costs.  Specific guides and videos to promote resource efficient practices have been developed for a wide range of sectors including restaurants, pubs, garages, shops, farms, manufacturers, service providers, hospitals, festivals, colleges, small and medium sized enterprises and households.

Andy Fanning, Manager EPA, says “The BeGreen initiative allows businesses in Wexford to access a range of programmes, guides and case studies that can assist them in becoming resource efficient. Everyone from manufacturers, service and hospitality providers through to shop owners, retailers, publicans, garage operators and farmers, can find programmes and guides that are suitable for their needs. These projects have already delivered major financial savings for the participants, hence they provide win-win outcomes for business and the environment.”

The various guides and videos, as well as information about the waste prevention programmes, are available at www.begreen.ie 

Remarking on the unique community partnership, Business Development Manager with Wexford Festival Opera Eamonn Carroll said, “Wexford Festival Opera is delighted that the EPA has come on board as a Community Partner in 2012, reflecting its support of the expanding community characteristics of Wexford Festival Opera.  Having a presence at the ShortWork performances allows the EPA access to the 3,300 people that will be attending the 2 dress rehearsal and 9 ShortWork opera performances to raise awareness of their BeGreen programme.”

Part of the community partnership involves the attendance by secondary school students at the two dress rehearsals for the ShortWorks. Through this, the EPA hopes to support access for younger people to these events. It also provides an excellent platform for the EPA to promote some environmental messages.  Also students attending the ShortWorks this year will be invited to take part in an environmental competition – and be in with a chance to win an iPad!

Everyone attending The Magic Flute and/or A Dinner Engagement can find out more about the BeGreen programme from the EPA stand each day. The performances will take place in the Presentation School (entrance on School Street) at 3.30pm on 26, 27, 29, 30, 31 October and 1 and 2 of November, with an earlier performance on Sunday 28 October at 11am.