Woodenbridge Hotel is 50 shades Greener

Kildare & Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) in collaboration with 50 Shades Greener are delighted to present Gillian O Brien (Green Manager) and Gerard O Brien (Proprietor) and Lorcan O Brien (Manager) Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge with their certificate of completion of the 50 Shades Greener Programme.

This programme is the first national state funded training programme to ‘green’ the Hospitality & Tourism industry and reduce Ireland’s carbon footprint.

Eileen Cullen, Training Services Manager, KWETB, is extremely proud that the

The Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge are the first Hotel from Co Wicklow to complete this programme and receive their digital badge. Building on our partnership this training has allowed them to embed green skills and carbon emission reductions into their long-established landmark Hotel & Lodge.

Testimonial from Gillian O Brien (Green Manager)

We are really delighted to receive the 50 shades greener award. The programme begins by establishing a green team within the hotel made up of representatives from each department, who then use the tools and training provided to really critically analyse a whole range of areas from waste, to water and utilities. We’ve made significant changes to the hotel operations as a result and the final award is a testament to the work done by all the team here at the Woodenbridge Hotel and lodge.

The reduction in carbon emissions, we achieved from the 50 shades greener programme, led to us making some real cost savings, but more importantly it marked the first stage by us on our journey to carbon neutrality. We took another major step this week with the installation of 74 solar panels and we’re hoping to do a lot more in the months and years to come.

KWETB are proud to lead and collaborate with our partner ETBs in the national rollout of the 50 Shades Greener initiative. For further information on the programme, please visit www.kwetbmarinehouse.ie/sustainability

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