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‘Trinity College Sustainable Campus- Action Plan’
The ‘Sustainable Campus Action Plan’ is based on the College Strategic Plan 2014-19 – relevant extracts below - and the targets set out under the nine specific activity headings in the 2013 Green Flag Application .
C7.3 Relationship with the City
Trinity’s campus community of some 3,000 staff and 17,000 students plays an important part in the life of the city. Most members of this community work and study in the main campus which sits at the mid-point of Dublin’s main north-south axis at the confluence of the cultural, political, technology and business districts. Together with the staff and students in Trinity’s main teaching hospitals – St James’s Hospital, the largest hospital in the state, and Tallaght Hospital located in Dublin’s western suburbs – our staff and students play an important part in making Dublin a successful city in which to live and work.
We will develop our relationships with the city by:
- promoting environmental sustainability, in partnership with Dublin City Council’s ‘Greening the City’ initiative and developing, via the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan, a campus infrastructure in line with this objective
- maintaining effective lines of communication with Dublin City Council and the City Manager.
C8.1 Sustainable Campus
Trinity aspires to be a global leader in university sustainability. The college’s properties comprise a significant and integral part of the Dublin conurbation. Trinity has a responsibility to conduct its activities in a manner that protects and enhances the environment, conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and supports society as a whole. Much progress has been made in these areas since 2008, marked by the award of the Green Flag campus status in 2013 for which Trinity committed to a series of objectives for energy and carbon emissions, waste management/litter reduction, water and waste-water management, sustainable transport, resource use, biodiversity, green procurement, education and research, communication and student involvement. Our objective is to move further towards becoming a sustainable campus, a key measure of which will be to become the first university in Ireland to join the eminent group of visionary universities constituting the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).
We will achieve this objective by:
- publishing an Annual Sustainability Report, including carbon, energy, waste, transport and water consumption data
- ensuring, through the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan, that all new buildings (in particular our E3 development), refurbishments, and purchases comply with and, where possible, exceed, energy-efficiency standards
- promoting research into, and teaching on, sustainability issues as well as promoting the campus as a living laboratory
- setting up a Sustainable Campus Advisory Group and appointing a sustainability champion
- undertaking sustainability audits and engaging campus users in sustainability targets
- working towards developing an environmental management system and an energy management system
- publishing a carbon footprint and action plan for reducing carbon emissions
- fostering links with Dublin City Council’s ‘Greening the City’ and with national and EU smart city and other relevant initiatives.
Trinity College Green Week 2015 - ‘Go Green 2015’
Trinity College held their 13th Annual Green Week in February 2015.
The aim of the week was to highlight the need for every member of the College Community to ‘Go Green in 2015’ by identifying with the Green Campus Programme and working even harder to achieve our sustainability targets.
The programme for the week, which is produced by a range of Student Societies, was more expansive than ever with something for ‘all tastes’ - from walks, talks, quizzes, competitions, a Green Jobs Fair, a travel survey, free ‘bike health checks’, etc.
Green Week was launched by Senator David Norris on Front Square, which included a display of the latest technology in electric vehicles, the presentation of a cheque to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children and an address by the Provost, Dr. Paddy Prendergast.
A novel feature this year was the presence one of the founders of Foodcloud who spoke about ‘Green Entrepreneurship’. Foodcloud is a community-based social enterprise that brings food businesses and charities together with an easy-to-use and reliable platform, matching those with too much food with those who have too little. Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien, co-founders of Foodcloud, are both graduates of Trinity College.
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