Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2013
The Green Plan
This description of Neil McCabe's work was prepared when Neil McCabe was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
Neil McCabe is utilizing the existing infrastructure of firehouses, a locally oriented and trusted arm of government, to provide a local, national and international example for green transition. A firefighter by trade, Neil is using the institution of the fire station as an entry point to bring sustainability into communities around Dublin and across Ireland. Neil realised that fire stations have profound potential to serve as exemplars for greening, as they use a tremendous amount of water and fuel, are in operation 24hrs a day, and are often based in older structures. More importantly, they are also based in nearly every neighborhood, have vast existing infrastructure, and are integral to communities. Thus they provide an opportunity to build leadership in transitioning to sustainable practice and modeling enhanced community participation.
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