In August 2021, five of our CityTrees have been installed in Cork by Cork City Council. As part of the opening, the (former) Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher, launched the “Cork City Council 2021-2026 Air Quality Strategy”.
It is the first comprehensive and implemented Clean Air Strategy in Europe. Read more: HERE.
David Joyce, Director of Operations, said: “The CityTrees provide a site-specific solution to the challenge of air pollution and are one of a suite of actions in Cork’s Air Quality Strategy. Air pollution is a public health concern and Cork City Council is the first local authority in the country to progress such a strategy. They also align with the city’s designation as a World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy City and its smart city strategy which sets out a series of actions to ensure the city is at the forefront technological innovation”.
In November 2022, Cork City Council announced that they are thrilled to be finalists in the “Local Government Awards 2022” (ELGAwards) for their Air Quality Strategy in the Sustainable Environment category. The “Excellence in Local Government Awards” by Local Government Information Unit & Chambers Ireland (LGIU) “showcase best practice in local government and recognise the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised”.
The 19th year running, LGIU Ireland shares the winners and instances of good practices from Irish local government HERE.
Read more about the Cork City Council Air Quality Strategy at HERE.