Complete the Course
The first step is to complete The GreenPlan Champion for Communities Online Course. This course will teach you how a community can save money, reduce carbon and help society by joining The GreenPlan.
This free course will be of great interest to communities that wish to do their part in tackling climate change and save money in the process.
To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Having completed this course you will be able to:
-Identify the need for The GreenPlan in society.
-Discuss the origins of The GreenPlan.
- Discuss the benefits of The GreenPlan.
- Describe The GreenPlan system.
- Discuss the seven themes of The GreenPlan.
- Discuss the two core principles of The GreenPlan.
- Describe the steps to implement The GreenPlan in the community.
Build your team and Hold a kick off meeting
In order to successfully implement The GreenPlan locally
you'll need a strong, committed and passionate team. As
someone who is committed to creating a more sustainable
community, you probably know others that are too?
These may be your friends or colleagues but get a few
people on board from the very start to make the journey
both easier and more fun.
Similar to the local leader, team members should be:
Strong team players
Respected within the community
Capable of ensuring widespread support for The GreenPlan in the community
Someone you enjoy working with
Where The GreenPlan has been most successful it has had
full buy in from all sectors of the community - business,
community and local council. Don't forget to take this into
account when building your team.
Once you've built your core team, the next step
will be to hold a kick off meeting with all of your
key stakeholders. These will include local
environmental groups, Tidy Towns Committees,
local council representatives and local businesses
and anyone that you think can contribute in a
positive way to helping you get started with The GreenPlan.
Venue - pick somewhere central &
Invites - make a list of key
stakeholders and ensure they're all
Tea & Coffee - always makes a
meeting more enjoyable.
The GreenPlan Team / Mentor - we can
arrange for someone from The GreenPlan or your Mentor to
come along just let us know in
plenty of time.
The purpose of this meeting will be to introduce
the concept of The GreenPlan and why you think
it can make a difference to your local area, give
people a chance to understand what's involved
and the role that they can play.
Someone from The GreenPlan team can come
along to this meeting if you wish or if you'd rather
keep it local that's fine too but speaking to your
mentor or The GreenPlan team in advance will be
We'll also provide you with Stakeholder Surveys
that should be distributed and completed at this
Select your flagship building
Selecting your flagship building will be the first
key decision you make as a team. This may be a
very straight forward decision for you if there is
a building that's a natural option e.g. your office
space. For others, it will be more difficult as you'll
need full buy in from the owners or operators of
the building and full access to the consumption
data for the building. The potential cost savings
will be the most powerful selling point when trying
to get buy in from a potential building.
This decision will be key to the
success of The GreenPlan in
your town so now might be a
good time to arrange a call with
someone from The GreenPlan
team to advise you either in
person or over the phone on the
best type of building.
For example, in Mulranny, the flagship building was the Tourism
Office and once The Green Plan was implemented
here, they moved onto other areas of the town.
Decide on a project per theme
There is an interlocking holistic system built
around The GreenPlan framework that identifies
the actions to be taken per Theme and how
each Theme affects each other. The end result is
lower energy consumption, less carbon emission
production, a shared responsibility for the
environment; including behavioural change and a
sense of well being.
Choosing one or two projects per theme and
allocating responsibility to a different person
within the group for each one will get you on your
Once you complete the online course you will have access to download further resources which will provide all the information you need on the projects and suggested actions. There are also additional resources available to help you design an awareness campaign and track your progress.
Once you've looked through all of the themes,
questions and suggested actions, you can sit
down with your team and your GreenPlan mentor
who can help you amend this and make it as
appropriate as possible for your particular building
& tracking progress
Once you have your plan in place, building
awareness and tracking progress will be really
important . In your flagship building, ensuring that
everyone is aware of the actions you've chosen to
take and that results are communicated clearly and
regularly is also very important.
The additional resources provided when you complete the online course will help you design an awareness campaign and track your progress.
Further down the line, when you've completed
your actions for each of the themes in Step 4, you
can explore further accredition options with The
GreenPlan team similar to the village of Mulranny
in Co. Mayo.