Green Campus

Green Campus encourages a partnership approach to environmental education, management and action in third level institutions and is internationally accredited by the Foundation for Environmental Education. To secure Green Campus status long-term commitment to continuous improvement from the campus community needs to be demonstrated.

Green Campus accreditation is being sought by UL under three themes namely energy, biodiversity and travel & transport. The Buildings and Estates department are leading UL’s drive to become an accredited Green Campus. A cross campus Green Campus Committee (chaired by the Director, Buildings and Estates) with representatives from Buildings and Estates, faculty and staff (including Human Resources), the Environmental Committee, the Arena, Plassey Campus Centre, Students Union and students has been set up and meets monthly to formulate and implement initiatives. One of the most recent initiatives undertaken by the committee was Green Week which saw events ranging from talks on the trees on campus, energy and limerick community grocery to a riverbank clean-up, a free bicycle clinic and the Change Lanes Challenge aimed at encouraging people to travel to and from campus in a more sustainable way. For more about what went on during Green Week and the work being undertaken by the Green Campus Committee please visit our blog www. Central to Green Campus accreditation is linking the program to the curriculum. During the 2013 autumn semester two cohorts of students completed projects for Buildings and Estates (following a briefing from the Energy Manager) as part of their coursework. The Energy Manager also gives guest lectures each year focussing on energy management to students from the Energy and Mechanical Engineering degree programmes. The Buildings and Estates department is committed to securing and maintaining Green Campus status for UL and welcomes your support, participation and ideas.

Travel & Transport

Major headway has also been made on the travel and transport element of our Green Campus endeavour under the Smarter Travel project. Plans are being finalised for new cycle-routes throughout the campus, the installation of additional showers and covered bicycle parking. Towels can be loaned free-of-charge from the campus laundrette so that walkers and cyclists can use the shower facilities (already provided) when they arrive on campus. The picture opposite shows some of the campus community viewing our cycling & walking map of UL which is available through the Travel and Transport Section of the website,


The UL Community Roof Garden ( been a fantastic success and contributes towards our Green Campus efforts under the Biodiversity theme. The opportunity to complete a roof garden was taken as part of the refurbishment of a leaking roof.

More Information

For a more detailed review of the work being undertaken by the Green Campus Committee and what went on during Green Week and please visit our blog or Facebok page These pages are updated regularly and are aimed at informing and engaging with the campus community.

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