Dundalk Institute of Technology has become the second Institute of Technology to have achieved a Green Flag for Campuses.
The awarding of the Green Flag follows diligent work undertaken by a Green-Campus committee made up of representatives from Dundalk Institute of Technology staff and students.
During an assessment by a panel of experts in September, DkIT Green-Campus committee highlighted particular aspects of their work based on their application for a Green-Campus Award.
The assessment began with a tour of the campus sustainability features followed by an introduction by the President of the College Mr Denis Cummins and then a presentation on the DkIT application.
With a primary focus on themes of Waste, Travel and Energy, and further smaller scale projects undertaken on themes of Biodiversity and Water, the DkIT Green-Campus committee displayed an ability to be innovative in their efforts to adopt ‘whole college’ actions for their campus.
The DkIT committee has had a very real impact on college environmental policy and has developed over time to become an influential and authoritative body on sustainability issues.
The Green-Campus programme is one of continual reduction of the campus’ environmental impact and requires assessment for renewal every year and so the committee is required to continuously monitor and evaluate their action plan.
Patricia Oliver, Director of An Taisce Education Unit commented on DkIt’s achievement,
“The DkIT Green-Campus Committee has made very real achievements in terms of improving the environmental performance of their campus. Working in partnership and with the support of senior campus management, the committee has displayed tremendous resilience and innovation in pursuing the aims and objectives of their committee. Their efforts are to be applauded and can be held aloft as a shining example to other campus communities.”
Ann Cleary from DkIT also commented saying that,
“The Green Campus project is a very practical way to embed sustainability awareness and thinking into the day to day life of a campus and the people on it.
We have learned so much by being part of it.”
The committee can now work towards gaining a second Green Flag under further sustainability themes.