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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UL Enviro Soc Celebrates World Water Day

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The UL Environmental Society celebrated Water World Water Day 2017 by unveiling their latest water conservation campaign piece at the entrance to the UL Library, one of the busiest locations on campus.

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This piece which has already been seen by hundreds of staff and students today alone, will be on show here for the next 3 weeks, and will then be relocated to another campus central locations afterwards. A huge thank you to the Library staff, Ciara McCaffrey, Louise O’Shea and Mary Dundon, for collaborating with the use of this space. Also a huge congratulations to all of the society members who helped contribute to developing this piece.

To see how this piece was developed click here.

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Piece being installed the night before L -R: Aisling Duffy, Laura O’Connor, Kate McMahon, Criostóir King and Seán Collins

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UL Riverbank Clean-up 2017

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Sunday morning saw a great turn out for the UL riverbank clean up. Groups on foot set out at 10am from the UL Boathouse picking up and collecting waste all along the river edge and the adjacent drains. Members of the UL Kayak Club were in the water helping  collecting anything at the waters edge and deeper. Paul O’Connell, member of the UL Buildings & Estates team, collected all rubbish bags along the route using one of the B&E grounds vehicles. All of the days waste was collected at the boat house which in turn filled an entire skip. After a very productive few hours, the team gathered back at the UL Boathouse where there was plenty of tea and tasty sandwiches.

This fantastic event was coordinated by UL’s Kayak club, UL’s Environmental Committee and Team Limerick Clean Up.

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UL Enviro Soc Hustings Result

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Twenty four representatives from various UL clubs and societies presented recently at the UL C&S hustings. There were eight award categories with three shortlisted societies presenting per category. Judging was half determined by public vote, and half by selected alumni adjudicators. UL Environmental Society presented in the “Best New or Improved Society” category.

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UL Environmental Society President, Criostóir King, and Vice President, Kate McMahon, presented on behalf of the society illustrating all the amazing work accomplished by the society over the last  year.

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Kate McMahon, Vice President, and Criotóir King, President, presenting at UL hustings 2017

One week later, the award winners were announced at a prize giving ceremony as part of the C&S ball held in the Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick. The UL Environmental Society were unfortunately pipped to the post by the UL Drama Society but everyone was honoured to have made the shortlistings and a great night was had by all.

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UL Environmental Society Committee L – R: Eilís Walsh, Kate McMahon, Criostóir King, Ruhi Anand, Seán M. Collins, Ariadne Bazaldua and Jenny Joyce

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