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Through improved planning and design we respond intelligently to the demands of climate change and energy security and simultaneously improve the quality of life.

Green Business Marketing - Course

Sales TagTwo Evenings per Week for 4 weeks | Taking expressions of interest | €200 | The Greenhouse, St Andrew Street, Dublin 2 (map)

Marketing is an essential part of all businesses and participants will be introduced to the 4 P’s of marketing – Product, Price, Place & Promotion and how these combine to form a comprehensive marketing plan. Examples of marketing for the green economy are used throughout the course with a focus on distinguishing ‘green wash’ from genuine and authentic statements.  In understanding methods of business promotion, this course will also develop practical skills in websites, blogs, and using social media such as Facebook, Twitter etc, to establish business profiles.

Accreditation: FETAC component certificate, Marketing Practice (B20017) Level: 5 Credit:1

FETAC Quality Assured training provided by NICER

Green eBusiness & Social Media

eBusiness and Social Media for the Green Economy

Taking expressions of interest | €220 | The Greenhouse, St Andrew Street, Dublin 2 (map)   | Bookings 01 674-5773 or email

In this course examine a range of eBusiness and eCommerce principles. Learn about communications technologies, the basics of building a website and the principles of eCommerce, eMarketing and social media.  Also study the legal, social and economic impacts of eBusiness.

In the last two decades the Internet has revolutionised how business is done. As the green economy continues to evolve eBusiness becomes more important in every aspect of commerce. The green economy presents new opportunities for eBuisness as new ways of marketing, selling and distributing are required.

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Certificate in Sustainable Design Innovation

Certificate in Sustainable Design Innovation at Carlow IT

Primarily this course aims to up skill practicing design professionals in the area of Sustainable Design Practice (SDP). Likely students on this program would typically be designers, architects, design managers, marketing managers and other business managers with

responsibility for new product development (NPD), company strategy and design. Those interested in developing capacity in

sustainable design and innovation as a business opportunity would also benefit from this programme.

This course is an ECTS 10 credit (Masters) Level 9 module.

Endorsments from past students:

ÒSDI helped to give me the capacity to address and implement sustainable design within our practiceÓ- Norman Stevenson

(Senior Industrial Designer with Design Partners)

ÒThe SDI course gave me the time, structure and learning environment to reach a far greater strategic and tactical understanding of

the issues, challenges and opportunities to respond to global climate and sustainabilityÓ- Paul O'Connor (Architect)

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makeday_button.jpg“ In these challenging times we need to learn, or re-learn, how to do a lot of the things we have been able to buy. As we move from being solely consumers we will need to nurture a DIY ethic, to value re-use and we will have to be a lot more resourceful. Its time to skill up for the power down.”

Postponed until September | €20 | Cultivate Centre | Booking call: 01 674 5773 | See schedule below

€20 ticket entitles you to pre-register for 2 workshops, view hourly demos and listen to talks throughout the day. Entry for Children is free but an adult must accompany them to the ‘family friendly workshops’ marked below. Book now and you'll be the first to register for workshops.

NOTE! No experience is necessary for any of the workshops.

Cultivate’s first Make:Day, skills for sustainable living is a full day of workshops and exhibits that will take you into the world of DIY/ ART and Learning. This one day event will re-introduce the public to skills that have been forgotten and show you just how easy it is to MAKE:STUFF.

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Fashion Evolution

Ireland’s annual ethical fashion week

26th April – 2nd May | Dublin

This year for it’s second outing, ‘FASHION EVOLUTION’ will re -dress current consumption patterns and habits and will call for Irish consumers and industry leaders to get active through swapping, knitting, skilling-up, talking and learning.

'FASHION EVOLUTION’ is an awareness campaign that will focus on ethical and environmental issues within the Irish and international fashion industry. In this time of economic hardship, Fashion Evolution looks to lighten the load by offering entertaining and engaging alternatives to consumers of fashion, through a series of events, from a national clothes swap to a public exhibition of Irish design and interactive seminars.

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Rethinking the Country (2009): The Transition from Dependency to Resilience

Monday 27th April, 2009 | 10.30 - 17.00 | Tipperary Institute, Thurles, North Tipperary | €Free but booking essential by Friday 17th of April

Organised by Cultivate, Tipperary Institute, The Village, Irish Rural Link and Carnegie Trust

Supported by COMHAR, the National Sustainable Development Council, Dublin City Council, Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government, Sustainable Energy Ireland and the Carnegie Trust

Over the last couple of decades policy makers have tended to regard irish rural communities as dependent on urban centers rather than as drivers for change.  This conference brings together stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors to explore solutions for today’s energy, climate and economic crises.

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Rethinking the City 2009 - Making the Transition to Resilience

Now in its sixth year, this conference has helped move Ireland’s urban environments towards sustainability. This year’s event offers solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our time, including new visions for enterprise, transport, food, energy and building.

Friday 24th April 2009 | 09.00 - 17.00 | Cultivate Center | €100 / €80 concessions (includes a light lunch)

Rethinking the City brings together stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors to explore solutions for today's energy, climate and economic crises.

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Sacred Geometry Workshop

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Friday 3 April | 7-9pm  & Saturday 4 April | 10am-2pm

€65 | 10% discount for Cultivate & ÉASCA Members | Cultivate Centre | Essex St West | Temple Bar | Bookings: 01 674 5773 

For centuries man has used the patterns and geometries of nature as the framework for art and architecture.  For many seekers these geometric forms offer a glimpse of a sacred purpose, a reflection of the ‘grand design’ of the universe.  

Paul Stang invites you to explore the circle, spiral, and number, to create and experience sacred form and space.  You will explore archetypal patterns buried in our psyche and how to incorporate them within the reality you are making for yourself.  Practice meditation to utilize the harmonics of key geometric shapes and appreciate why you would want to build, draw, and live with intent.

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Reform Conference 08

Sustainability is a topical subject in contemporary society, so often however the rhetoric is overwhelming and knowing how to integrate it into our professional lives appears difficult. reform.jpg

The ReForm 2008 Conference on Tuesday 4th November (run as part of Design Week Ireland 2008) offers designers (both professional and student) and those working in the design realm, the opportunity to explore new concepts and to learn how to implement sustainability principles into their daily practice. The parallel conferences will be held in IT Carlow and the Cork IT

Lectures from a variety of experts will be linked with participatory workshops where pragmatic tools and skills will be demonstrated. The topics will include Cradle to Cradle thinking for designers and business, Sustainable Product Design Innovation & Sustainable Development for the Cork Docklands.

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Fashion Evolution

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FASHION EVOLUTION will focus the attention of Irish buyers, designers, educators and consumers on the ethical and environmental effects of the industry with a view to opening discussion and developing pro-active solutions to the challenges put before them.

FASHION EVOLUTION is a 4-day industry and  consumer based awareness campaign. The FASHION EVOLUTION campaign commences this year on Thursday April 24th in the Button Factory Temple Bar with a public debate with Katharine Hamnett. To book a place at the launch email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'booking' in the subject line.    cultivate_logo.gif re-dress_logo.jpg


Rethinking the City: Tools for the New Century

 Friday June 15th 2007 | 9 - 5.30pm | €175 | Event Flyer | Registration Form | Bookings 01 674 5773

Vienna HouseThe future is here. By responding intelligently to climate change and energy security we are improving quality of life in our cities and towns.

This day of training highlights priorities for change, demonstrates innovations and introduces practical tools for building sustainable cities and towns.

The good news is that we have a wealth of expertise to transition to more sustainable cities and towns. 

Innovations you’ll learn about include The Natural Step, The Merton Rule, The Fingal Directive and The Mobility Management Toolkit.

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Puppets and Waste: An art workshop for 10 to 15 year olds

Sat 2nd Dec 2006 | 12.00 - 5.00pm | €15

Galway based artists Eilis Nic Dhonncha and Dave Donovan will faciliate this workshop with a group of 10-20 participants and assorted rubbish to produce masks and / or puppets which can then be displayed as part of the EMERGENCE festival art exhibit.

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