UL’s Kayak Club and Environmental Society receive National Tidy Towns Award

Limerick Tidy Towns Chairperson Helen O’Donnell visited UL today to present the UL Kayak Club and UL Environmental Society with their Water and Communities Runner Up  Award 2018 today. The award was presented in recognition of their contribution to successive Riverbank Cleanups.

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Also present to celebrate the event were members of the UL Environmental Committee and UL Green Campus Committee

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The Water and Communities Runner Up  Award 2018 presented today to the UL Kayak Club and UL Environmental Society20190424_134322

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UI Greenmetric Chairperson visits UL

On Friday 12th last, Prof Riri Fitri Sari (Chairperson of the UI Green Metric since 2010) made the University of Limerick her first stop when visiting Ireland for the 5th International Workshop on UI Greenmetric Rankings (held in UCC).

Prof Sari (centre) and her colleague Sabrina Hikmah outside Plassey House with Chris Fogarty20190412_091958

The UI delegation was taken on a sustainability tour of UL which took in UL’s arboretum, the Farmers’ Market site, water bottle refill stations, waste management facilities, the Bernal Courtyard,  the Analog Devices Building,   the UL Orchard, the protected heronry, Electric Vehicle charge-points, secured covered bicycle parking hubs, UL’s special area of conservation (which includes a riparian woodland), UL Apiary, bat roosting and mining bee habitats,  site of trees planted by UL students and staff in addition to a walk across the Living Bridge. Part of the tour was competed on fleet bikes which are available to students to loan from free from UL’s Smarter Travel office (email smartertravel@ul.ie).

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The tour ended in the UL Roof Garden where the delegation met with Robert Reidy, Director of Estates UL.

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To conclude UL were presented with a mememto of the UI visit. UL are currently ranked 20th in the world in the UI Greenmetric Rankings.

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UL Happy Market, 24th April, 11am – 4pm at the SU Courtyard

Happy Market Poster 2019 new

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UL Switches off for Earth Hour 2019

Last Saturday, March 30th, was a busy day for sustainability action on campus. After a busy morning undertaking the  2019 Riverbank Cleanup it was back to UL for 8.30pm to mark Earth Hour 2019. This year the campus community was asked to support Earth Hour with the symbolic gesture of switching off unnecessary lights and equipment between 8.30pm and 9.30pm to heighten awareness and spark never-before-had conversations on the loss of nature and the urgent need to protect it.

If you’d like to become involved in sustainability on campus there are lots of ways as indicated below:

  • The UL Roof Garden – Every Thursday 1-2pm – Just Drop in
  • The UL Apiary – contact  j.j.leahy@ul.ie or adam.deeyto@ul.ie
  • Smarter Travel – smartertravel@ul.ie
  • Environmental Society (student led) – email: environmentalsocietyul@gmail.com
  • Environmental Committee – email: yvonne.ryan@ul.ie
  • Green Campus Committee – email: chris.fogarty@ul.ie

 

As part of the initiative the Living Bridges Buildings and Estates electricians and Security were on hand to switch off the Living Bridge lights and ensure bridge users’ safety.

Living Bridge – Lights on Living Bridge On

Living Bridge – Lights offLiving Bridge Off North

A virtual walk across the Living Bridge – Earth Hour style (speeded up 7X)

 

The North Campus was particularly eerie…View of North Campus Buildings from Pavilion

Health Sciences BuildingView of HSB East aspectHSB Off West Aspect

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There was plenty of lights out on the South Campus too…

Schuman, IBC Block 1, IBC Block 2Schuman IBC

GLISB Phase 2GLISB Phase 2

Student Life CourtyardSC3 Student Life Spar Shop

Clockwise from top left: Schrodinger, Ananlog Devices Building, Tierney and Main Building Block C

 

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Fountain lights were also switched off at Plassey House, the Library and Schuman

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REMEMBER:

If you’d like to become involved in sustainability on campus there are lots of ways as indicated below:

  • The UL Roof Garden – Every Thursday 1-2pm – Just Drop in
  • The UL Apiary – contact  j.j.leahy@ul.ie or adam.deeyto@ul.ie
  • Smarter Travel – smartertravel@ul.ie
  • Environmental Society (student led) – email: environmentalsocietyul@gmail.com
  • Environmental Committee – email: yvonne.ryan@ul.ie
  • Green Campus Committee – email: chris.fogarty@ul.ie

Later this year Buildings and Estates in conjunction with the Office of Public Works plan to roll out the Optimising Power at Work energy behaviour change campaign. In due course we will be asking the campus community to engage with this worthwhile initiative. If you’re interested in taking part or would like to know more, please contact chris.fogarty@ul.ie

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Riverbank Cleanup 2019 takes place along banks of River Shannon at UL

Saturday last, 30th March, saw approximately 100 people on foot and 22 people in Kayaks show up to complete UL’s annual cleanup along the riverbank.

The event itself was organised by the UL Environmental Committee and enjoyed support from a wide range of groups both within and external to UL including:

  • UL Environmental Committee
  • Limerick Riverpath Volunteers
  • Limerick Academy & Scouts Kayaking Club
  • UL Student Life
  • UL Kayaking Club
  • UL Environmental Society
  • UL Buildings and Estates
  • UL Green Campus
  • UL Staff
  • UL Students
  • Team Limerick Cleanup

Volunteers from the Limerick Academy & Scouts Kayaking ClubLACS Riverbank Cleanup 2019 Better

Some of the people who cleaned the Riverbank on foot…On Foot 1

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It was a family friendly event with many people showing up with their kids:

 

The usual mix of unusual waste was collected including election posters, car bumpers and unidentified WEEE.

 

UL’s own UL Kayaking Club also turned up in force to clean the islands and along the riverbank.

Kayakers Cleaning Up

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At the end of the 2 hour cleanup this much waste was collected! [tonnage will be inserted at a later date once it its known]

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Earth Hour 8.30pm – 9.30pm Saturday 30th March 2019

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UL Woodland Management Programme

We operate an ongoing best practice woodland management programme. As part of our woodland management we coppice willow and other aggressive fast growing species that can dominate and take over a woodland environment. We need to offer the opportunity for trees such as oak to develop and mature. These works are essential to reduce dense vegetation, break up vegetation mats and open up ground layer vegetation. This benefits tree regeneration and increases the variety of vegetation types and associated invertebrates and birds.

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We have planted numerous native pollinator friendly trees such as crab apple (Malus sylvestris) their value to wild life is immense. The leaves are food for the caterpillars of many moths, including the eyed hawk-moth. The flowers provide an important source of early pollen and nectar for insects, particularly bees, and the fruit is eaten by birds, including blackbirds, thrushes and crows. Mammals, including mice, voles, foxes and badgers also eat crab apple fruit.

One of many crab apple trees (Malus sylvestris) planted to the rear of Dromroe Village

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