Cork Sustainability Case Study: The Imperial Hotel Cork #BecauseWeCare

It might be steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, but The Imperial Hotel Cork has a thoroughly modern outlook when it comes to the environment. The Grande Dame of Cork, as the hotel is known have developed a number of initiatives over the past year including a ‘Because We Care’ programme, an environmental management policy, and a sustainable restaurant. 

Their dedicated Imperial Green Team introduced numerous sustainability initiatives over the past year, including a #BecauseWeCare Programme, a sustainable restaurant ‘Thyme at Seventy-Six on the Mall’, a sustainable cocktail bar ‘Sketch’, which uses 99% Irish products, a sustainable parklet outside the front door, and policies such as green purchasing and environmental waste management. The team has also recently celebrated their new Eco-label from Green Hospitality by hosting a sustainable Christmas Market.

Below you’ll find more information on some of these Green initiatives:


Sustainable Restaurant:

The Imperial Hotel launched a sustainable restaurant Thyme at 76 on the Mall. The emphasis is on regional, seasonal, and sustainable and is in line with the recent ‘Because We Care’ programme. Sourcing from their neighbours is important not only to support the local economy but also to minimize carbon footprint and the impact on the environment.


Parklet with Cork Zero Waste and Benchspace Cork:

The parklet is managed and maintained by The Imperial Hotel and brings a burst of nature to the South Mall with it’s pollinator plants. Located outside the Imperial Hotel the parklet provides an inviting green space for residents and passers-by to sit, relax, and interact. The parklet is part of the ‘Reimaging Cork’ programme.


For more information on the Imperial’s Green Policy and the Because We Care programme visit: