A plan to dramatically reduce single-use plastic waste from the University of Limerick campus could take seven million water bottles out of circulation every year. As part of its drive to maintain its position as a world-leader in environmentally-friendly university management and gain the Foundation for Environmental Education’s internationally recognised Green Campus accreditation, UL has embarked upon an exciting project to cut down on single-use plastics. The project involves the deployment of strategically placed water-filling stations at student-friendly locations across campus to provide a convenient and free alternative to the purchase of single-use plastic water bottles. The units, which are fitted with a counter to record the number of dispenses, utilise mains water which is chilled and filtered before being dispensed. To date, 15 water bottle filling stations have been installed. The four initial water-filling stations situated in the Glucksman Library have dispensed 550,000 (330ml) refills over the last 12 months, thus avoiding the generation of a significant quantity of single-use plastic waste in one location on UL’s stunning 367-acre riverside campus. Based on this usage the four stations should provide savings of approximately 2,750,000 bottle refills over a five-year period. It is estimated that, by the end of year three (2019 – 2021), once the intended target of 43 water bottle stations are installed and commissioned, the generation of approximately 7 million water bottles will be avoided each year.
UL has been working with some of our talented students to create a special Christmas video to mark the end of exams and start of the holidays. All storyboarding, filming, editing, vocals, arrangement, sound engineering, directing, and acting was carried out by UL students - this is 'A (UL) Christmas Story 2019'. We really hope you enjoy it and we wish a very merry Christmas to you and yours from the whole UL Community. #StudyAtUL