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Sustainability Training

Every council and government department has a statutory duty to “…act in a way it considers best calculated to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Northern Ireland…”

For other public sector organisations and many private companies, the pursuit of sustainability is a matter of good business practice and a critical element of corporate social responsibility.

There are only a few organisations in Northern Ireland with dedicated sustainable development officers, those with the primary responsibility of evolving strategy and ensuring implementation. Often, the role is embraced within a wider job description – typically, an energy officer, a biodiversity co-ordinator or an environmental health inspector will adopt the mandate.

Yet, within every workplace there are some people who are ready and willing to embark on finding more sustainable ways of working – and living – but they lack the confidence, or don’t feel that it’s their place, to take the necessary actions. What they learned at school or college may have stimulated an interest in sustainability but has rarely equipped them with the necessary knowledge or skills. Often, too, there is a lack of leadership signals from those in charge.

In these circumstances, we need to develop a higher level of ‘sustainability literacy’ in every organisation as a way of creating a future in which people will have an improved quality of life within a vibrant natural environment.  

Sustainable NI can help your business to improve the ‘sustainability literacy’ of your colleagues, creating a corps of enthusiasts in all sorts of jobs - people who are confident, effective and willing to help you meet your organisational objectives on sustainable development.

We can offer tailored courses to cover many aspects of the sustainability agenda, ranging from half-day introductory seminars to a multi-week accredited development programme.


To discuss how we can help you with your training needs, please contact Jim Kitchen.