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.

Since first achieving Green Campus accreditation for Energy, Biodiversity and Travel and Transport in 2015, the Buildings and Estates department together with its many supporters amongst the campus community has been working resolutely to retain it. Every three years Green Campus accredited institutions are required to undergo a full reaccreditation assessment in order to maintain their Green Campus accreditation. In 2018 UL successfully underwent a full reaccreditation assessment as well as adding Waste and Green ICT to their list of accredited themes. Achieving the Green ICT accreditation saw Buildings and Estates partnering primarily with academia and ITD to refine the processes and procedures to safely dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in addition to making energy savings in server rooms. Achieving Green Campus accreditation for Waste saw amongst other things the establishment of a Waste Management group within Buildings and Estates, the roll-out of initiatives aimed at preventing waste (e.g. installation of fit-for-purpose water bottle refill stations), improvements to waste collection and segregation processes and improved data collection on waste.

The Buildings and Estates department is committed to maintaining Green Campus status for UL and welcomes your support, participation and ideas.


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.

Green Metric

UL participates in the Green Metric World University Ranking each year. This ranking measures a third level institution’s sustainability by evaluating their performance under a number of headings namely: energy and climate change; waste; water; transportation; education, and, setting and infrastructure. In recognition of its efforts to improve its sustainability UL’s overall Green Metric ranking has improved from 58th (out of 215) in 2012 to 20th (out of 719) in 2017.

Optimising Power at Work

The Buildings and Estates Department has teamed up with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to roll out their Optimising Power @ Work energy behaviour change campaign. Using Optimising Power @ Work initiative the OPW has achieved energy savings of 18% across 275 of its buildings. As part of Buildings and Estates’s service level agreement with the OPW, the OPW will provide a range of supports including the installation of energy monitoring and targeting equipment appointment of an energy conservation specialist to assist in rolling out the programme and issue monthly and annual progress reports.

More Information

For a more detailed review of the work being undertaken by the Green Campus Committee 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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