Green Futures is a new Environmental & Climate Action based course for young people aged 16-21.

Green Offaly are excited to announce that registration for a new environmental and climate action based course for 16 – 21 year olds in Offaly is now open!

The Future is Green!


What is Green Futures?

Green Futures is an innovative pilot programme for 16 – 21 year olds in Offaly. This timely course is being devised and delivered in partnership with ECO-UNESCO. The course is based at the Irish Heritage School in Birr and will run Monday to Wednesday for 6 weeks. 

Take Positive Action

Green Futures will provide an empowering personal development learning pathway which is focused around environmental action. 

What will I gain?

Participants will gain an understanding of green issues and how you might incorporate the challenges and opportunities resulting from climate change and biodiversity loss into future employment, community and training pathways.

You will be able to use this course to progress onwards to the next step in your life and learning journey.

You will definitely have a rich, fun and outdoor learning experience which could be a life defining moment; not to mention a great source of visual material for your Instagram page!


ECO-UNESCO is Irelands Environmental Education and Youth Organisation that works to conserve the environment and empower young people. At Green Offaly we are thrilled to have ECO-UNESCO working in partnership with us to help create the best possible programme for Offalys young people!

See more about ECO-UNESCO here

Is it for me?

  • Each person is unique and so are their circumstances!
  • You may not currently be in Employment, Education or Training. 
  • Transition Year participants will be considered where the school allows.
  • You enjoy being outside and work better in an informal outdoor setting.
  • You are passionate about the Environment.
  • You want to make a direct impact on your Local Community.
  • You may be at a crossroads and not sure what direction to take.

You don’t need any qualifications or experience but you do need a can-do attitude and a willingness to go on a 6 week journey which may challenge you!

Positive Outcomes

Participating in this programme can lead to positive change and new directions.

You will be the first to experience a new and unique programme in the region.

At the end of the course you will have learnt new skills, gained in confidence, grown as a person and played a role in the environmental guardianship of South West Offaly.

You will receive a certificate of completion and you can use this to add to your CV or in applying for future courses or employment.

The Course Details

Green Futures will be based in Birr and certain outdoor locations in South West Offaly. The course will focus on building skills with Classroom based & outdoor sessions to include: 

Sustainable Development for a Green Future.

Introduction to Sustainable Development, why it is important, how it works in everyday life, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ecology in the environment – outdoors learning.

Experiential hands on module – environmental auditing, ecological field work skills, all targeted to the Offaly landscape. An introduction to areas where these skills would be useful such as in carbon accounting, soil health, water quality, cataloguing species and so on.

Personal Development & Future Pathways

Key transferable skills of leadership, communications, team building, helping to grow your self-esteem and confidence. Here you will look at things learned over your 6 week journey, how has the course changed your perspective on things, what are your aspirations for future steps with practical support for future options given. 

How do I apply?

Registering for a place on the Green Futures course is easy! Simply email and request a registration form. Fill it in and send it back by the 20th of September.

Demand for places is likely to be high. Make sure you tell us why you absolutely need and want to do this course! 

Applicants don’t need any qualifications or experience but we do ask that you:

Love the outdoors.

Care about the planet.

Would like to explore working in an environmental setting in the future.

If you want to speak to someone about the course in more detail ring Green Offaly on 0894294242.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Irish Heritage School who are kindly providing the venue for this course.



About Green Offaly

Green Offaly is a not for profit countywide green regeneration enterprise operating as a Development Trust. We began life as an Offaly Public Participation Network Initiative; devised as a solution to the Government’s Project 2040 seminar, ‘Empowering Communities in the Fight against Climate Change’.

Green Offaly in its role as a Development Trust will facilitate the Green Regeneration of Offaly through the involvement of those with the greatest stake in the future of the County – the people who live and work here.

Offaly is at the heart of the country and on the frontline of Climate Change. Our Communities have been formed, warmed and employed by our unique peatland landscape. As we embark on the Transition to a Green Future, we find ourselves in the possession of genuine assets, (peatlands, waterways, agriculture, communities ripe 

for regeneration), which, with ambition and careful planning, will enable Offaly to become the blueprint for the successful decarbonisation of the counties of Ireland.

In our work as a Development Trust we will cultivate green community enterprises for the long term environmental, social and economic sustainability of an area. We will be trading for social purpose – where surpluses are reinvested into further enterprises for community benefit.

To suddenly find ourselves, as a County, at the frontline of Climate Change has been challenging. A way of life has gone. However we now have the chance to create a new, more sustainable, vision for our County. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore, create and navigate our own pathways through the transition ahead

Read More HERE

Join us as we embark on our mission to become Irelands first Carbon Neutral County. If you want to learn how to generate profit for your Community by installing your own Renewable Energy Scheme then this training is for you! Community Power and Green Offaly are here to help your group begin the journey to 100% Community Owned Power! To register follow the link: