LYIT Going Green in 2017

LYIT formally registered with An Taisce’s Green Campus programme

Going Green_May17On 3 May, LYIT formally registered with An Taisce’s Green Campus programme. Registration with the programme puts LYIT on a path to earning a Green Flag award by 2019.

The Green Campus Programme encourages a partnership approach to environmental management in third level institutions to achieve improved and sustainable environmental stewardship.  It provides a means to foster environmental awareness in a third level institution in a way that links to everyday activities and study, and it aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of educational facilities. Green Campus endeavours to extend learning beyond the classroom to develop responsible attitudes and commitment, both at home and in the wider community.

Following the registration process by LYIT, Deirdre O’Carroll, Green-Campus Co-ordinator, An Taisce commented, “It was a real pleasure to meet LYIT staff and student Green Campus Committee members and to see first-hand the energy and commitment of this group. It is clear that the programme is off to a great and well planned start on site.”

LYIT has to be registered on the Green-Campus Programme for a minimum of one and a half academic years and have completed the seven-step process of implementation to be eligible to be accessed by an external panel of experts to be awarded a Green Flag Award.

Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT added, “Staff and students of the LYIT Green Campus Committee have been actively engaging with the An Taisce Green Campus programme for a number of months. The committee has organised many fantastic on-campus events including Energy Awareness Day. I have no doubt that the LYIT Green Campus Committee will champion ahead with their efforts and work tirelessly to achieve the Green Flag award.”

Good energy and environmental management at LYIT mean that meeting the criteria for a Green Flag award should be a matter of continuing the journey to make improvements to be more sustainable whilst engaging with students and staff of the Institute and the wider community.  The Green Campus Committee has been established from a cohort of students and staff with an interest in environmental issues and promoting their LYIT community.  Students were recruited to join the Green Campus Committee during an Energy Awareness Day on 25 November 2016.  A workshop facilitated by Suas Educational Development took place on campus on 6 March 2017 and this event further supported the recruitment drive for new committee members.

The registration by LYIT’s Green Campus Committee with the An Taisce Green Campus programme marks a significant milestone on the pathway to the Green Flag Award for LYIT.  LYIT will continue to go green in 2017.

Photo caption:
Green Campus Committee (GCC) members photographed with LYIT President, Paul Hannigan at the official signing of the Green Campus Registration document with, Deirdre O’Carroll, Green Campus Co-ordinator, An Taisce. Also seated are Cathal Patton Vice-Chair GCC, and Joseph Cannon, GCC Communications Officer.
Standing back left to right, Liam Carron, Dr John Doran, Chairperson GCC, Mary Daly, Jason Mc Lafferty, Noreen Durning, Mary Carr, Jack Mc Lafferty, and Denis Marley.

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:15:00 BST


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