Jim Briscoe, Avaya

The Galway National Park City initiative can only succeed if all strata of local society including business, community, health and education are actively involved.

One of our key corporate Galway-based partners is Avaya, a renowned global leader in business communications with a major operation at Mervue Galway city that stretches back decades. Its product line contributes to environmental sustainability, by supporting remote working initiatives through unified communications solutions such as video, collaboration and team rooms.

Avaya’s Galway campus is also leading the way in reducing energy consumption by 23% over the past 5 years. At a corporate level the company is leveraging sustainability as an opportunity for innovation, such as developing new initiatives to eliminate single-use plastics in its operations.

The Galway operation started a global initiative to only use reusable coffee cups and where not possible, replacing disposable coffee cups with compostable coffee cups.

Since its arrival in the city it has also maintained strong Corporate Responsibility programmes towards the community and artistic sectors, including supporting charities such as the Galway Mountain Rescue Team, Galway Hospice, On The Road Again, Hand in Hand, Jigsaw and the Galway Giving Tree at Christmas.

Jim Briscoe, who is representing Avaya as a champion of the Galway National Park City initiative, is indicative of the holistic philosophy, community involvement and good will of these visionary people.

Jim lives in Galway City but retains strong connection to rural Galway where he grew up. Jim has a strong sense of community and has over the years volunteered with local city clubs like St Michael’s Gaelic football club and NUI Galway rugby club where he helped to train and manage several underage teams. Jim is also an active member of his local residents’ group. Jim has a keen interest in how technology can be used to enhance the lives of the older generations – especially in these times where movement and face to face contact is restricted.

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