Cloughjordan Ecovillage Activity and Success Stories
Cloughjordan Ecovillage identified as leading European project leading way to low-carbon future
MILESECURE-2050 project aims at understanding and overcoming the political, economical and behavioural traits and trends that led Europe to its difficulties in reducing fossil fuel consumption, and in diversifying its energy balance at rates which guarantee European energy security at the horizon 2050, reduce the threat of climate change, and diminish the risk of an energy gap in the coming decades The EU-funded academic consortium examined over 1,700 European low-energy projects. A total of 90 were identified in 19 countries, two of which were located in Ireland. Sustainable Clonakilty and Sustainable Projects Ireland’s Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
Of the 90 ‘anticipatory experiences’ initially identified, 23 were selected for a more detailed examination on the basis of criteria including the success of the project, ‘in terms of social recognition and excellent results from an energy and environmental point of view’. Among those selected was Cloughjordan Ecovillage, the only Irish project selected. One way of selecting the 23 most successful projects was through analysing tweeting about the 90 projects. These were analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively. This shows Cloughjordan ecovillage to be in the top ten of the 90 European projects for the total number of tweets about it, the followers of those tweeting, the original content of the tweets, how positive they are, and the global reach of those tweeting and reading the tweets (see full details in documents 2.1 and 2.2 on www.milesecure2050.eu). Milesecure’s research identifies Cloughjordan Ecovillage as one of Europe’s leading ‘anticipatory experiences’ of the transition towards a low-carbon society with important lessons for EU policy.
Winning Gold at a UN backed International Award for Liveable Communities
The Cloughjordan Ecovillage received the Gold Award for best ‘Socio-Economic Project’ at UN International Awards for Liveable Communities in Xiamen, China in November 2013. The awards recognise innovative projects demonstrating sustainability and have a positive impact in raising awareness on the environment.
The Ecovillage was nominated by North Tipperary County Council in recognition of our success in the IPB National ‘Pride of Place’ All Island Competition, which is organised by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with Local Authorities across the country.
The IEN supported our trip to China where the Ecovillage team underwent a gruelling four days of presentations and interviews to secure the first prize. We told the story of the Ecovillage and focused on the enhancement of the natural and built environment; environmental best practices; community participation and empowerment; and strategic planning. We highlighted the positive integration of the new eco-neighbourhood with the town of Cloughjordan, and its energy performance and low carbon design.The team also participated in a major one-day seminar Liveable, Smart and Sustainable Cities in the Global Post 2015 Development Agenda organized by the UNEP at LIVCOM.