Cork Hotels leading the way with first certified green managers

Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 10:25am
Cork Hotels leading the way in Sustainability with its first certified green managers

Cork Hotels leading the way in Sustainability with its first certified green managers

Three Cork Hotels have had staff awarded the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability Management in Hospitality (CTH) to become Corks first certified Green Mangers.

Nicole O’ Leary and Edel Kavanagh from the Cork International and Metropole Hotel and Christina O’ Sullivan from the Imperial Hotel were awarded the certificates in a ceremony in Cork College of FET- Westside Hospitality Campus, a sub-location of Cork College of FET Bishopstown Campus

The Certificate in Environmental Sustainability is a follow on programme from the Fifty Shades Greener environmental programme. All three hotels have already completed the 50 Shades Greener Programme resulting in more sustainable tourism in their hotel.

This Certificate in Environmental Sustainability management in Hospitality is designed to upskill people working within the hospitality industry to become the ‘Green Managers’ of the future. It empower learners to make a real difference to their workplace by training them to deliver meaningful environmental improvements within their hospitality property.

Reducing the use of energy and water, cutting the production of waste and reducing business utilities will not only facilitate a reduction of carbon emissions but also deliver the potential to save money. If effectively put into practice, the implemented principles can be a win-win for business owners, the industry and the planet.

This Level 4 Certificate programme is a practically-driven ‘action-based’ programme, where learners will be presented with a number of tasks in each of the six units to be completed at home or at their workplace. The completion of these modules will allow candidates to measure and reduce utilities costs and wastage.

In an era when reducing our environmental footprint is a pressing requirement for any hospitality organisation, this programme is an essential component of employers’ staff training provision. All good training programmes ideally yield benefits for both the learner and their workplace, but this programme also potentially benefits the earth as well.

The programme was available fully funded under the governments Skills to Advance initiative for upskilling.

Certificates were presented to the three graduates by Raquel Noboa, founder and CEO of Fifty Shades Greener. Speaking on the day she congratulated the three graduates for leading the way for sustainable tourism in Cork and nationally. The achievement of the CTH build on the previous commitments and work of each hotel in the Fifty Shades Greener programme and demonstrates the commitment of each hotel to becoming carbon neutral. She said “keep on learning, there is always more to learn and to do in the field of sustainability. Well done to all three of you, Cork is leading the way for sustainable tourism in Ireland”

Cork Hotels leading the way in Sustainability with its first certified green managers

Speaking on the day, Valerie Cowman, Manager of Cork College of FET’s Bishopstown Campus congratulated the three graduate and their workplaces on their achievement.

She said: “I congratulate Nicole, Edel and Christian on their significant achievement in becoming Cork’s first certified green managers. They and their companies and trailblazing a way for sustainable tourism in Cork and we are proud to be part of it.  I would encourage any businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry who would like to follow in their footprints to contact us on [email protected]

Westside Hospitality Centre is a purpose built hospitality training centre. It offers training for those who wish to enter the hospitality industry and those already working in the hospitality industry. Course offered include the QQI Level 6 Commis Chef apprenticeship, QQI level 5 Butchery apprenticeship and City and Guilds accredited training in Barista and Bartending.

Further information on applying to take part in the programme is available through the following websites:

Green training for the Hospitality Industry (

For more information on Cork ETB’s FET offering, visit For updates, visit Cork Education and Training Board or Cork ETB on YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

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