Sustainability Education, Research and Entrepreneurship
Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. For sustainable development to be achieved, we humans need to harmonize three core elements: environmental protection, social inclusion and economic growth. These elements are interconnected and all are essential for the well-being of individuals, societies and all species on this planet.
Trinity recognises that the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals demands a multi-disciplinary partnership approach from all societal sectors: governments, civil society and the private sector. To this end, Trinity continues to foster the next generation of environmental and sustainability leaders by actively creating sustainability-related curricula, research and courses. Various research centres are working on sustainability related topics.
Trinity has committed to four objectives as part of the Green Flag Campus programme:
- Induct all college users into the Green Campus programme
- Increase sustainability focus in courses by 10%
- Promote and increase the use of the campus as a Living Lab
- Support sustainability focused start-ups
Our Sustainability Report details the progress that has been made in their implementation.
Research and Education
On the academic side of things, there are a number of educational courses and research centres with sustainability at their core including the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research and the Trinity Centre for the Environment.
Trinity has a wide variety of research projects under the umbrella topic of sustainability. See internationally funded projects within the School of Natural Sciences. Find more information on nationally funded projects and download a list ofprojects in other schools/ faculties (PDF, 417KB).
Smart and Sustainable Planet
Trinity has set 'Smart, Sustainable Planet' as one of its key research themes.
This is a trans-disciplinary collaboration (8 schools across 3 faculties) that designs new ways for us to interact with our environment, through the integration of technology with the natural capital provided by plants, animals, microbes, water and land.
Trinity has a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and online courses related to environmental or sustainability topics. For detailed information about your options you can visit our Research and Education section.
We aim to empower students to forge and follow their own path through entrepreneurship, and this is made possible through Launchbox, Tangent's Student Accelerator.
LaunchBox is a summer programme open to early-stage startups. They provide student entrepreneurs with funding, access to networks of investors and mentors, an elite structured programme that aims to progress their idea, and a transformative experience for them and their company.
So far, there have been some phenomenally successful ventures launched with the help of Launchbox, such as Food Cloud, Nu Wardrobe and Foodture.
Greenhouse is Climate-KIC’s European incubator for green startups, hosted at Trinity College Dublin as well as other sites across the Climate-KIC network.
It is a 6-month programme designed to transform early stage climate innovation ideas into sustainable business models and marketable products or services. All that is needed is an idea and the motivation to make it happen in the future.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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