Green-Schools Visit UL

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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