History of Green Campus Programme

The Trinity Green Campus Programme, formerly known as the Green Campus Committee and College Recycling and Environment Committee (CREC), was originally founded as the College Recycling Committee by the late Professor Simon Perry, and has been in existence for almost two decades with recorded minutes on file since 1993.

Professor Perry was a Professor of Civil Engineering, Head of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD). He was an ardent supporter of sustainability in the engineering profession and was instrumental in bringing the Luas (light rail system) to the city of Dublin. After his untimely passing in 2002, the Green Campus Committee decided to hold the first Trinity Green Week in March 2003 in his honour, and the College’s Green Week has grown in strength and status every year since.

Across all sectors of College, people have contributed their particular expertise over the years to promote a culture of environmental consciousness within the institution. With the evolution of environmental legislation in recent years, College has shifted from relying on voluntary activities to formalised requirements, in order to meet legally required and voluntarily adopted environmental standards.