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Green Campus Charter

 

GREEN CAMPUS CHARTER

Litter and Waste

·         Perform basic waste segregation in the classrooms and common areas.

·         Using recyclable (Green) & non-recyclable (Black) bins.

·         Both bins are collected weekly under Panda Waste agreement.

·         No waste accumulation on premises.

·         Introduce appropriate signage around the college to show which bins to use.

·         Install detailed waste segregation in canteen area

·         Divides waste into Dry and Wet waste

·         Dry waste: Wood, Metals, Glass

·         Wet waste: Organic Materials.

·         Composting area introduced on college grounds for waste unsuitable for black or green bins. (figure. 1)

·         Signage and paper trays were placed near printers and photocopiers to encourage reusing of saved misprinted pages. The paper used in the making of these signs was of course

          recycled paper. (figure. 2)

·         Install more cigarette bins outside the college doors to reduce litter.

·         Appropriate signage placed in smoking area saying, “Bin your butt” to encourage use of cigarette bins. (figure. 3)

·         Irish week is a tradition in the college, dedicated to litter picking and spring cleaning.

·         The event is held across for Campuses each year.

Fig.1 – Compost bin provided for student and staff use as well as any canteen biodegradable waste.

 

Fig. 2 – Signage used to encourage reuse of misprinted pages.

Fig. 3 – Bin your butt stencils around smoking area to promote use of bins for cigarettes.


Biodiversity

·         Development of the common area.

·         This area now has three different, functional planted areas. A herb garden, fruit and vegetable patch and lastly a flower bed to help increase biodiversity. (Figure. 4)

·         This creates a place for staff and students to practice outdoor activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

·         Install outdoor fitness instruments.

·         Help maintain a sanctuary garden in Coolock Campus by installing flower beds.

·         12 Japanese Cherry Trees have been planted,as well as a recent addition of two apple trees and some rhubarb plants.

·         Fences were installed around the steps of the garden.

·         By using old pallets, recycled material, both natural and biological.

·         Two canoes and a boat donated to develop creative looking flowerbeds.

·         Six bird houses have been installed on site to attract native nesting species to the wildlife area, hopefully increasing biodiversity further. (Figure. 5)

·         Get Department of Deign involved by creating outdoor furniture from recycled material.

·         When completed, this will help introduce new plant species into local fauna.

·         Thus developing biodiversity.

Fig. 4 – Flower bed, fruit and vegetable patch and herb garden during planting. 

 Fig. 5 – Bird houses placed in various locations close to the developed gardens

Water Management

 

·         Install water collector, for different domestic activities.

·         Such as: Watering the plants in the sanctuary garden, use for cleaning facilities.

·         Install taps with controlled water releasing mechanism.

·         Water meters should be installed to monitor the amount of water used throughout the

          college.

·         In biology and Chemistry Laboratories, all aqueous solutions are prepared in Distilled     

          water.

·         This water is obtained in the laboratory on Campus by a Distilled Water Machine.

·         More cost effective.

·         Use filtered water in the canteen.
 

Energy Consumption

·         Install a motion sensor light switch that will only turn on in a room when occupied.

·         Implement a “Switch Off” policy throughout the college.

·         This policy has been started through the introduction of signage in every room at each light switch to help encourage the turning off of lights around the college. (Figure. 6)

·         Install PC remote shutdown in all computer rooms.

·         Use fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms of the college.

·         Four times the efficacy of a typical incandescent bulb.

·         Implements proper signage for turning off computers.

·         Ensure all electrical equipment is switched off on Fridays for the weekend.

Fig. 6 – Signage used to encourage “switching off policy”
 

Transport and Travel

·        Install more bike stands on the college grounds to encourage students and staff to cycle.

·        Use the 27 bus from city centre, drops directly to the Coolock Campus.

·        Dublin Bus offers travel cards for discounted prices on fares for students, which is more

         cost effective.

·        Students could carpool with other students to reduce cost by half and reduce car pollution.

·        Improve the short travels between campuses for the teachers by introducing a bike route.

·        Supply the bikes by college administration.

Green Campus Charter
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