The Munster Green-Schools Travel Team visited UL on Tuesday last, which is a particularly good day if sustainable travel is of interest. The tour started with a visit to the UL Farmers Market where as usual the queue for the Bike Mechanic was long, but moving! Buildings and Estates fund a free bike mechanic service for staff and students where only parts are paid for by service users.
Next, the group embarked on the UL Campus Bikes to view our orchard, apiary, solitary bee habitats, river meadow, invasive species management, recycling facilities and BREAM standard buildings. There are a number of notable trees and species on the UL campus and the UL Flora & Fauna Trail shows the locations of many of these.
After lunch the group visited the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering to learn about projects on Green IT and Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment led by Colin Fitzpatrick. Jude Sherry provided fascinating insight into the E-mining Project in conjunction with Castletroy College Secondary School.
Kate McMahon described her work on Greening IT systems in UL, the outcomes of this research can be applied to almost every organisation. Yvonne Ryan helped the Green-Schools officers navigate access to scientific sources as well as providing an up-date on waste electronics management in Ireland and new EU targets. Green-Schools officers facilitate environmental education in schools and serve as inspiration and encouragement for many of the students involved in Green-Campus and EnviroSoc.
(Article and pictures courtesy of Yvonne Ryan)
UL’s first full reaccreditation assessment took place on November 8th last, led by An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit Director, Michael John O’Mahony. Following an address by UL’s president the reaccreditation delegation were brought on a sustainability tour of the campus.
The reaccreditation delegation were met along the way by both UL staff and students who spoke about the environmental initiatives they are involved in on campus.
The An Taisce Delegation led by Dr Michael John O’Mahony picking up their bikes for the cycle tour part of the Sustainability Tour.
Presentations took place in the Appellate Court in the new Library Extension
The visit culminated in speakers representing the Green Campus Committee, Environmental Society, Environmental Committee and Buildings and Estates all giving fantastic presentations on UL’s efforts surrounding Waste, Green ICT, Biodiversity, Travel and Transport, Energy and student engagement. The speaker lineup included (in the order they spoke):
- Robert Reidy (Buildings and Estates/ Green Campus Committee
- Seán Collins (Buildings and Estates/ Green Campus Committee)
- Christopher Asmus (Environmental Society/ Green Campus Committee)
- Kate McMahon (Environmental Society/ Green Campus Committee)
- Chris Fogarty (Buildings and Estates/ Green Campus Committee)
- Yvonne Ryan (Environmental Committee/ Green Campus Committee)
- Liz Gabbett (Environmental Committee/ Green Campus Committee)
All round it was a wonderful day. Many thanks to all involved particularly those who contributed (and continue to contribute) to the Green Campus initiative on a voluntary basis.
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Demonstration today 1pm, AD2-010
Dr Yvonne Ryan, Department of Chemical Sciences and Mr Seán Collins, Buildings & Estates Department were awarded first place in the Smarter Travel Curriculum Development Awards 2018. Smarter Travel was integrated into Environmental Management 1 module to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop, implement and maintain environmental management systems. This is a key module for students of the BSc Hons Environmental Science Degree as it is delivered in the semester before the students embark on their 9 month co-operative work placement. Smarter Travel is a national framework meaning that students have extensive experience of its implementation prior to entering the workforce.
A RIVERBANK CLEAN-UP will take place on Sunday, 11th March, from 10am until 1pm. Meet at the UL Boathouse.
The event is being organised by UL’s Environmental Committee, UL Kayak Club, UL Sub-Aqua Club, the Limerick Riverpath Volunteers, and supported by the University of Limerick and Team Limerick Clean-up.
Feel free to do as much or as little as your time can afford. Many hands make light work! Let’s make our campus and surrounding communities a place we can be proud of.