UCD is watching the world burn and pretending to care

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Looking around campus in the weeks after freshers week is always haunting. Campus seems to die down. It goes from a bustling campus with the Clubhouse packed to the brim, to a ghost town with the tumbleweed of plastic bags passing your feet …” (more)

[Cora Keegan, University Observer, 8 October]

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The Price of Trinity’s Flights is No Big Deal – But College’s Environmental Impact Is

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This week the Irish Times reported that Trinity spent over €259,084 on flights in the last year. The publication framed the statistic in the context of Trinity’s call for further investment (after tumbling down the rankings), suggesting, perhaps, that the spending was unwarranted. Financially speaking, however, Trinity spending €259,084 on flights is not entirely scandalous …” (more)

[University Times, 23 September]

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UCC becomes first university outside the US to win top Green award

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has become the first third-level institution outside the US to get a major Sustainability accolade. The gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) means UCC now joins Princeton, Cornell and UC Berkeley in getting the Gold ‘Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System’ (STARS) for excellence in sustainability …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 26 September]

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Goodbye to take-away coffee cups and drinking straws – DCU aims to become a ‘plastic-free’ campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Take-away coffee cups and drinking straws will soon be a thing of the past in DCU as the Dublin university bids to become ‘plastic-free’ by 2020. Dublin City University announced the first phase of a new sustainability drive which will see their campus be ‘plastic-free’ in two years’ time …” (more)

[Independent, 20 March]

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Ireland’s colleges pull on the green jumper for EcoCampus scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Many of us are familiar with the Green Schools flags flying above schools across Ireland. But did you know that third-level colleges are now getting involved in this environmental education programme? Ireland leads the way in the Green or EcoCampus programme across Europe, according to Daniel Schaffer, the head of the Foundation for Environmental Education …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Trinity’s Green Flag Award Under Threat, Students Told

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Green Flag, which is up for renewal this year, will not be awarded if students do not do more to engage with the issue of sustainability …” (more)

[Diarmuid O’Huallachain, University Times, 3 November]

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Dublin City University looks to pool its expertise in water

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) is planning a new Water Institute to tackle the big issues in the field, Prof Fiona Regan tells Claire O’Connell …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Silicon Republic, 2 January]

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UCC only Irish contender at European Business Awards for the Environment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“University College Cork (UCC) will represent Ireland in the final stages of the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE), which is run by the European Commission. The UCC Green Campus Programme is one of only four businesses shortlisted in the environmental management category and the only Irish representative across the entire competition …” (more)

[Cork Chamber, 25 September]

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Top Honours for University of Ulster in UK Green League

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2013 by steve

“The University of Ulster has received a ‘First Class Honours’ award for the third year running in a UK-wide environmental impact league table. The People and Planet Green League assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all UK universities …” (more)

[University of Ulster, 19 June]

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Geoghegan-Quinn to launch Ryan Institute

Posted in Research on July 6th, 2012 by steve

“NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research will be officially launched this Tuesday by EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 6 July]

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UCD opens €5m environmental research facility at Belfield campus

Posted in Research on September 28th, 2011 by steve

“University College Dublin has opened Rosemount Environmental Research Station, a €5m new research facility at its Belfield campus …” (more)

[Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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First Institute of Technology in Ireland awarded Green Flag

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2011 by steve

“GMIT Castlebar is celebrating, as it is the first Institute of Technology Campus in Ireland to be awarded a Green Flag. The award follows three years of diligent work undertaken by students and staff since commencing the Green-Campus Programme in 2008. The Green-Campus Programme is an international environmental education and award scheme that promotes long term, whole college action for the environment. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will raise the Green Flag at a special ceremony in GMIT Castlebar on Monday 11th April 2011 …” (more)

[Irish Press Releases, 11 April]

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