Various environmentally-themed events run throughout the year to engage our campus population in sustainability initiatives. Check out events here.
Sustainable Event Guide
The events industry is the second largest producer of waste in the world, after the construction industry. (Think about it - all the conferences, seminars, parties, weddings, concerts that go on daily across the globe - they all produce huge amounts of waste). Any size event can be made more sustainable using this handy guideline (click here).
The Provost chatting with students during Freshers' Week
EnviroSoc table during Freshers' Week
Freshers’ Week is the first opportunity that new students have to get plugged into environmentally-minded groups (like EnviroSoc, Botanical Soc, ZooSoc and the Joly Geological Soc) and sustainability initiatives on campus. Various societies have environmentally-focused events and themes during Freshers’ Week.
Freshers' Week 2017
Green Day was started off in 2015, and occurs annually in October, to kick-start the year with some environmental activities and information. The day highlights activities which are already embedded at Trinity (such as recycling, energy conservation and resource efficiency) and usually involves news about student-led campaigns (e.g. Fossil Free TCD; TCD Plastic Solutions).
Green Week has been running since 2003, and involves a whole week of environmentally-themed events to thrill, delight and amaze students and staff alike. You can find out more about previous years’ themes and keep up to date with the current year’s events here.
Earth Hour is observed annually in March at Trinity, and is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually to encourage individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30p.m. as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across >170 countries.
Trinity Annual Secondhand Book Sale
The Book Sale is a sale of donated books which is held each spring in the Exam Hall to raise funds for the purchase of research materials for the College libraries.
Books of all kinds are welcome year-round, and may be donated at the Booksale office, Goldsmith Hall on Pearse Street. Phone 01 896 2276.
Books are easiest (and less heavy!) to handle when packed flat in boxes no larger than the size of a 12-bottle wine box. Please enclose your name and contact details with your donation.
Goldsmith Hall is the building on the corner of Pearse Street and Westland Row, beside Pearse Street DART station. The entrance is on Pearse Street, just before the traffic lights, with a taxi bay where cars may stop briefly to make a delivery. Security desk telephone 01 896 2729.
Some books may be bought during the year from the list on this site.
Aside from diverting precious books from dumping or recycling [Remember: reuse is better than recycling, wherever possible!], enough money is usually raised to donate €26,000 for allocation to libraries in College. Application for grants is made through the TCD Association & Trust to fund the purchase of specific research materials.
Over the past 27 years the book sale has raised over €475,000!