NUI Maynooth is embarking on a project to achieve Green Campus status which could lead to a cut in time spent in the shower on campus.
An extension of the An Taisce administered Green Schools programme, the university plans to save money and increasing environmental sustainability.
On February 26, NUIM President, Phillip Nolan, who stressed their obligations towards sustainability, and climate expert, Prof. John Sweeney, current An Taise President, were among those who spoke about plan, which also involves nearby Trocaire and St. Patrick’s College.
Yvonne Ryan, An Taisce, said UCC and Trinity already have the Green Campus flag.
Project team member, Joe Larragy, said it was a massive learning experience for NUIM, whose Iontas building and library are already eco friendly.
Prof. Sweeney, said NUIM, home to Ireland’s oldest (yew) tree, pointed to the contradictions in water saving when he said it took five litres of water to create the plastic bottle containing one litre of drinking water.
They hope to save water money - even 10% would be a lot - as each of the 140,000 cubic metres the campus uses each year, costs €1.59 per cubic metre on their Kildare County Council bill.
A move to shorten shower times is planned.
NUIM generates 30% of the electricity it uses but it would like to do more.
The GC plan, which also aimed at social justice, will involve installing nest boxes for birds and other creatures on the campus.
Joe Timoney said a transport survey is being carried out on student travel modes. Martin Ryan said they will reduce the 68% of waste going into red bins.