UL Waste Management Pilot

As part of the ongoing work being done to develop a high quality waste management process on campus, it was decided to pilot a fully thought out waste management process in the Kemmy Business School Building and the adjoining Schuman Building. The aim of this pilot was to ensure that all steps of the waste process are addressed, starting from waste points of entry into bins on public corridors and in staff offices, and UL cleaning staff removing internal bin waste out into external bin compounds. It was envisaged that once a full strategy was developed and agreed on this self-contained and manageable pilot site, this process would then in turn be rolled out in all buildings across campus.

To read a a comprehensive report on the development of this ongoing process click the following hyperlink:

The Development of a high quality waste management process_

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Beat the Street Walking Challenge comes to Limerick

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Beat the Street Limerick

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UL Enviro Soc Nominated For Two National BICS Awards

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As a result of their outstanding work achieved over the last year, the UL Environmental Society has been nominated to represent UL at the National BICS Awards (The Board of Irish College Socities) under the following two categories: Best New Society, and Best Publicity Campaign.

As part of the submission to the awards, the society put together a portfolio which included a selection of images and text describing their work completed over the last year. To view an online version of this portfolio please click here.

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The national awards ceremony will take place this Thursday, April 13th, in Athlone. All shortlisted societies from across the country in various categories will be in attendance where the award winners will be announced. Fingers crossed that our Enviro Soc members might come away with some silverware!

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UL Smarter Travel Student Media Awards 2017


Overall winners of the video/animation cateogry: UL students, Donal Kearns (left), and Patryk Lewandowski (right), with UL Travel & Transport Coordinator, Seán Collins (centre)


The third annual National Smarter Travel Student Media Awards ceremony took place on Thursday April 6th, at the Belltable Theatre, Limerick. As part of the awards, students from across the country were encouraged to submit entries promoting Smarter Travel through various forms of media: text, graphics, video, interactive content, animation and audio.

The event consisted of screening all student submissions under three categories: a slideshow of all poster entries, a compilation of all video entries, and a compilation of all audio entries. First, second and third place prize winners for each category were announced following each category screening.


Second place winners of the video category: Robert O Connor and Louise Berg

UL Environmental Society member, Carmen Vitour,  with Donal Kearns and Patryk Lewandowski, were awarded 1st place in the video category. Entitled ‘Yours Skatefully’, their video highlights skateboarding as being a great form of active Smarter Travel that doesn’t receive as much publicity in comparison to walking and cycling.

Another UL Environmental Society member, Louise Berg and Robert O Connor were awarded 2nd place in the video category for their beautiful animation entitled ‘Smarter Travel with Billy’, about Billy who decides to convert to sustainable travel.

To see the winning entries click here.


UL attendees (L-R): Louise Berg, Ross Higgins, Ariadne Bazaldua, Patryk Lewandowski, Robert O Connor, Seán Collins, Jenny Joyce, Donal Kearns and Kate McMahon

This event was organised by the National Transport Authority’s Smarter Travel Campus programme.

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UL Cigarette Ballot Bin

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UL Cigarette Ballot Bin –  Entrance to UL Library

The UL Environmental Society recently installed a Cigarette Ballot Bin outside the library entrance which is a popular smoking area which can be prone to some cigarette butt littering.

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The aim of this project is to offer a fun and interactive way for people to dispose of their cigarette butts and therefore incentivise them to help keep our campus clean!

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Once one of the ballot answers has been filled to the top with cigarette butts, the bin is emptied and a new question is advertised. If you would like to suggest questions to display in the Ballot Bin simply click here.

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UL Hosts National Forum for Environmental Socities

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Following the fashion show earlier in the day, the UL Environmental Society welcomed visiting students from Dublin and Waterford to the UL Library Board Room for the first ever Forum for Environmental Societies in Ireland.

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Áine O’Gorman, presenting on behalf of Trinity College Dublin Environmental Society

Following a keynote address by UL Green Campus Chairperson, Dr. Chris Fogarty, representatives from Trinity College Dublin, Waterford IT and our own UL society presented each others respective societies work undertaken over the last year. Following this a group discussion was had in response to some of the presentations, and also in regards to what we all as a collective of societies should be aiming to focus on at a national level.

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Criostóir King and Kate McMahon presenting on behalf of the UL Environmental Society

This was a hugely stimulating event for everyone present sharing ideas, knowledge and inspiring new proposals about what could be done on each of our respective campuses in the future. Following on from the success of the day, we aim to encourage the running of this hugely beneficial national event annually.


A special thank you to the staff of the UL Library, Ciara McCaffrey, Louise O’Shea and Mary Dundon, for their help in the coordination of this event and for permissions to have a number of our installation pieces on show outside and inside the Library to welcome our visitors on the day.

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UL Enviro Soc Sustainable Fashion Show


On Friday March 31st members of the UL Environmental Society organised the Ecouture Fashion Show, promoting second hand clothing as an attractive and sustainable shopping option to the general UL public.

Exam hall EG-010 was transformed for the event as chairs and lighting were rearranged to form a glitzy catwalk. Following a welcome and overview by society member and event co-ordinator, Carmen Vitour, fashion blogger Aoife McNamara of thatindieirishblog.com gave a talk about ‘fast fashion’ the second most polluting industry in the world after fossil fuels, as part of the preamble of the show to come.

Dozens of selections under various themes were on show by the team of models. Michael Mulhall (UL Enviro Soc) was on mic duties as announcer, welcoming each model to the catwalk and describing the break down of each selected piece. Society members Ariadne Bazaldua, Laura O Connor and Ruhi Anand worked behind the scenes helping Carmen co-ordinate the event and ensure an impeccable running order.

This event, which formed the opening event of the National Forum of Environmental Societies later in the day, was a fantastic success with a great turn out. The event not only raised lots of publicity but many of items displayed were in turn sold at the end of the show with profits returning to the local charity stores, Enable Ireland, The Edge Clothing Limerick and Lucky Lane Limerick who provided the clothing.

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