Clonakilty is Ireland’s first fair trade town on the Ireland South Coast. Some local communities are ensuring sustainable practices such as the Sustainable Clonakilty community and the Clonakilty Bicycle scheme. With a nationally recognized wastewater treatment plant, a recycling center, and the environmental education widely taught in local schools, Clonakilty has truly become a green destination.  Clonakilty works actively on protecting its environment along with strengthening its communities. For example, a local environmental community “Tidy town group”  engages with elderly people while another one creates gardens designed for refugees.