Sustainable Dublin, Ireland

The City of Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the country’s largest city. With almost a third of Ireland’s population living in the greater Dublin area, the city’s staff are responsible for maintaining thousands of kilometers of roadways, water pipes and sewers. Since January 2008, Dublin City Council (DCC) has been working to mobilise the staff’s intelligence and creativity toward strategic, organisational sustainability using The Natural Step Framework. DCC had already made significant investments in energy efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and sustainable urban development when this work began. The purpose of the Sustainable Dublin project is to allow DCC’s commitment to further evolve and inform their overall business strategy. In June 2006, RealEyes Sustainability Ltd. and The Natural Step (TNS) presented city council with a workshop entitled Sustainable Dublin – A Smart, Competitive and Visionary City. The workshop described the power of a shared definition of sustainability to develop a vision of success, and described a step-by-step approach to achieving it. DCC decided to embrace principles of sustainability and work to align its activities to comply with them through a two-year project called Sustainable Dublin. Education and engagement projects have included workshops and trainings in The Natural Step Framework, distance learning through the Masters’ of Strategic Sustainable Development department at Sweden’s Blekinge Technical Institute, webinars, and online and blended learning courses on sustainability. More than 100 senior managers and stakeholders have received training and support. Current work involves a sustainability analysis with the development of a vision and strategic action plan towards the end of 2009. In the meantime, the city has been busy with a series of...

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada

Banff, Alberta, Canada Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is the largest luxury hotel company in North America, with a portfolio of 56 hotels around the world. The company also enjoys an international reputation as an environmental leader in the industry. Guided by its Green Partnership Program, an environmental initiative pioneered by its Canadian properties in 1990, the company received two prestigious awards in 2006 alone: the Global Tourism Business Award and the Worldwide Hospitality Award for Best Corporate Responsibility Program. National Geographic Traveler has claimed that that Fairmont Hotel and Resorts has “the most comprehensive environmental program in the North American hotel industry, and the Green Partnership Program’s Green Partnership Guide has been endorsed by world-renowned environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta. The hotel actively supports Fairmont’s commitment to environmental awareness and action, and has already implemented an impressive list of green initiatives ranging from the use of biodiesel to offering “green cuisine” in the hotel’s restaurants and dining rooms. Not content with these initiatives alone, in 2007, Banff Springs Hotel asked The Natural Step to help develop a program to bring long-term integrated sustainability planning to the hotel. The program was designed to establish a culture of sustainability planning and action at the hotel while capitalizing on the short- and mid-term commercial advantages of running a sustainable business. It trained its senior hotel managers and other designated employees in The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development and helped them use this training to develop a sustainability vision, policy and action plan....