How to Get Involved in Environmentalism on Campus

by Faye Murphy

Everyone has the capability to help to create a more environmentally conscious campus, whether it be through joining societies, creating your own eco-friendly initiative or just introducing your household to zero waste tips and tricks. Depending on what you are looking for, Trinity has many different ways for you to get more involved.

Green Campus
Trinity’s Green Campus Committee is part of the international green campus programme that supports environmental action, management and education in third-level education. Green Campus consists of 9 student lead subcommittees which correspond with each of the nine main aims of the Green Campus programme. These include biodiversity, communication and engagement, education and entrepreneurship, energy, resource consumption, green procurement, waste, water, and green week. Each subcommittee has its own team and initiatives; for example, the Biodiversity Subcommittee were responsible for the introduction of the wildflower garden at Trinity’s front lawns. This sustainability network not only inspires students to make positive change but gives you the opportunity to learn more about campus’ biodiversity and sustainability matters. The Green Campus Committee meets once every month during the academic year to discuss environmental issues. In addition, Green Campus monthly meetings are a great way to stay up to date with environmental initiatives taking place on campus and volunteer to get involved in these initiatives.

Societies
Societies are a great way to get involved in environmentalism, especially with earth-centred societies such as the Zoological, Botanical, Vegan, Joly and Environmental societies. These societies have fun events to get to know like-minded students and often have collaborations with external organisations to carry out beach clean-ups and discuss environmental issues in detail, such as rewilding. Most societies stay active on Instagram and Facebook throughout the academic year so follow them to stay up to date! Who knows, maybe a bee talk or pub quiz is what you are looking for.

Provost Sustainability Fund
Are you interested in creating and carrying out your own environmentally conscious project? The Provost Sustainability Fund, awarded by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Low Carbon Living, supports new initiatives that will improve campus sustainability and aid Trinity in achieving its 2030 goals. The fund provides up to 5,000 in funding to bring new ideas to life. Initiatives that the fund have previously financed include envirolend, the Trinity Green Labs programme and this very magazine.

SU Environmental Officer
The Environmental Officer of the Student Union’s main priority is to ensure the college and union is working to further and achieve their objectives relating to sustainability and environmental issues. As the Environmental Officer is a part-time officer for the SU, they can put forward a motion that another council member must second. If you have any environmental thoughts or issues that you would like the union to discuss and change, you can send your concern to the Environmental Officer at environment@tcdsu.org.

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