Climate change and society's reaction to it is the greatest threat to heritage and our quality of life.
At Research + Dig we believe that heritage can be a key ally in fighting climate change. We also believe that the actions needed to fight climate change - if well designed - can improve the livability of our communities and create a more robust economy.
In virtually all our strategies, plans and feasibility studies, issues around environmental sustainability are included as core considerations. Proposals in some projects have included:
Building reuse and sustainable travel actions in the Curragh Plains Conservation Management Plan.
Community led green energy initiatives in the Múscraí Heritage Plan.
Sustainable tourism actions in the Black Pig's Dyke Conservation Management Plan.
Integrating climate change concerns into the running of the Irish Walled Towns Network.
On behalf of the Heritage Council we also ran a conference and published an advisory document on how historic towns could adapt to the challenge of climate change.
A Low Carbon Practice
We are working towards being a zero carbon office but in the meantime:
We don't fly but do love to take the ferry!
Were possible, we take public transport to meetings or hold meetings online.
We operate from an old building with lots of embodied energy.
We use recycled paper and are conscious of minimising both general waste and energy usage.
For 2022, we are looking to improve the insulation of the office, switch to a green energy electricity supplier and even go vegetarian for lunch!