Minister Joe O’Brien Welcomes Rush Tidy Towns Appointment as (SDG) Champions for 2023-2024

5th May, 2023

Rush Tidy Towns have been appointed Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Champions for 2023-2024 by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.


Welcoming the appointment, Joe O’Brien TD said:


I am delighted to see Rush Tidy Towns appointed as SDG Champions for the coming year. It’s a recognition of years of hard work put in by volunteers and the wider community, a lot of it unseen. In recent years they have also been awarded the EPA Circular Economy Award, the Climate Action Award and many more.


“Rush Tidy Towns have a particular philosophy to the work that they do that is very much aligned with the SDGs. And not only do they make the town more attractive and a better place to live and visit but they also help push the key messages of the Sustainable Development Goals.”


The 2023-2024 SDG Champions Programme, developed by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, aims to raise public awareness of the SDGs and to demonstrate that everyone in society can contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

26 national champions have been selected from across the public, private, community, voluntary, youth and NGO sectors and are represented by larger, national organisations and smaller, community groups.

The role of an SDG Champion is to act as an advocate and promoter of the SDGs and a good practice example of how an organisation can contribute to the SDGs and integrate them into their work and activities.

Local Area Representative, Suzanne Young said:

“I’m delighted to see Rush Tidy Towns received this well-deserved reward, they do fantastic work on biodiversity, the circular economy and run regular clean-up operations around Rush.  I attended a screening they ran of the documentary ‘The Story of Stuff’ that was so powerful in its messaging it permanently changed how I shop.  Well done and congratulations to all involved in this amazing community group.”