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Sustainable Development Awards

​​​At a Global level

At the 70th UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted a new global sustainable development framework: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (hereafter the "2030 Agenda") which has at its core the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At a European level
The European Union Commission's communication titled 'Next steps for a sustainable European future', states, 'The EU is committed to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A life of dignity for all within the planet's limits that reconciles economic prosperity and efficiency, peaceful societies, social inclusion and environmental responsibility is at the essence of sustainable development.'
At a National level
The framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland sets out the challenges and options to ensure that quality of life and general wellbeing can be improved and sustained.
Translating these goals into our everyday actions?

Translating these goals is simple. It starts with each individual, in the community, taking a first step. Many people are already contributing to a sustainable future in their day to day lives. Many others only need to make small adjustments to everyday actions to reach the Sustainable Development goals. Education and awareness initiatives can help us meet these Goals.

One of those awareness initiatives is the Sustainable Development Awards.
The Tidy Towns committees contribute greatly to Sustainable Development on a community level. For several years we have encouraged the Tidy Towns committees to show us how they contribute to Sustainable Development through a Tidy Town Special Award for Sustainable Development​.
In 2018 we invited the Tidy Towns committees to cultivate a local walk.

In 2017, feedback from Tidy Town Committees pointed out that, due to the late notification of the details of the award, many felt they did not have the time or know how to develop a competition standard walk and therefore declined to enter for the Sustainable Development Award. SO……..

For the 2018 Tidy Town Special Award for Sustainable Development, the criteria for the award was released to the public on 19th September, 2017 at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. If you missed us at the Ploughing Championships, you can download a copy of the leaflet here.

Sustainable Development Awards 2019

Inclusive communities respect biodiversity, social diversity and most of all our own diversity!

We invite Tidy Towns Committees to create a new leisurely walk.

The Criteria for the walk:

At least 300 metre long with seating every 150 metre

Allow walkers to circle back to the start

Include items of interest along the route​

Your design should allow people of all ages and physical fitness to take part, while developing an area that has fallen into disuse.

€5,000 prize fund divided as follows:

1st place €1,000
2nd place €800
3rd place €700
Plus five prizes of €500

For further information and application form​, see Sustainable Development Award on

The Sustainable Development Awards are funded by The Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment