The Ultimate Guide to Green Week 2022

Trinity lights up green this week for the 20th anniversary of the college’s Green Week. The theme, voted on by staff and students earlier in the year, Repairing our Broken Food Systems, has inspired a host of thought-provoking events, which aim to educate, and also celebrate our environment.

Monday 21st

Launch

Business School Courtyard

1-2pm

Kicking off with a bang, the Green Week Launch is being held in the foyer of the Business Building. Special guests include Senator David Norris and Food Cloud CEO and Co-founder Iseult Ward. They will be joined by Trinity’s very own Yvonne Buckley, the new Vice President for Biodiversity and Climate Action, Sam Foley, SU Environmental Office and Sustainability Apprentice, along with Michelle Hallahan, Sustainability Advisor and Provost Linda Doyle. This is set to be a lovely ceremony, with vegan nibbles, memories from previous Green Weeks and a great atmosphere. 

Pop Science Book Club

Atrium Room 2

5pm

This week Enviosoc, BotSoc and ZooSoc will be hosting the Pop Science Bookclub. Books being discussed include Buzz and Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson and Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake. There is no pressure to have read these books – this is a casual chat about popular natural science books.

Thrift Shop Night Out

Workmans

10pm

Trinity Ents are holding a big night out to start the week. The theme: Thrifted Clothes! Get your charity shop and vintage outfits together and dress to impress! Tickets are €3 and available from the Ents fixr (link can be found in @trinityents instagram bio). 

Law, Economics and the Environment Panel

McNabb Lecture Theatre

EnviroSoc, SER, FLAC and Law Soc present an interdisciplinary panel giving students a flavour of how law, economics and business can help to reduce climate change, seek environmental justice and fix environmental degradation. 

Tuesday 22nd

Design Thinking Sprint – Day 1

Online

11am-1pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Join the international NGO concern in this three day series of workshops, where the design approach is applied to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Climate Wellbeing Workshop

Online

1-1.50pm

This is a lunchtime workshop, organised by the Green Campus Committee and  delivered by Gary Tyrrell, Climate Action Officer with An Taisce’s Climate Ambassadors. It will discuss eco anxiety, and provide ways to deal with it.

Plant Market

Arts Blick Kiosks

2-4pm

Swap and buy plants, seeds, cuttings and pots at EnviroSoc’s plant market. This event will be in aid of SEED Madagascar.

Careers for a Sustainable Planet

Online

6-7pm

Trinity Careers Service have assembled a fantastic lineup of speakers from various disciplines, all of whom have careers relating to climate action or sustainability. Guest speakers include Melanie Allanson, Head of Human Resources at FoodCloud, John Dardis, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Glanbia and Dr Sabrina Dekker, Climate Action Coordinator at Dublin City Council. They will be sharing their personal career stories, and discussing their work. If you are interested in a career in the world of sustainability, but not sure how to get into it – this is the event for you!

Seachtain Glas le Manchán Magan

Botany Lecture Theatre & Online

7-8pm

This hybrid event sees the Cumann Gaelach and EnviroSoc come together to speak to Manchan Mágan, travel writer, documentary maker and author of the book Thirty Two Words for Field. Manchan has a great insight into how language shapes culture, and how the Irish Language can give us a greater connection to our environment. 

The State of the Nation – Ireland’s Environment in 2022

Online

7-8.30pm

The Graduate Students Union had put together this exciting panel which discusses the current state of the Irish Environment. Speakers include Pádraic Fogarty, author of Whittled Away, and Editor of Irish Wildlife magazine, Elaine McGoff, Director of the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), climate journalist John Gibbons and Ciara Beausang, a postdoctoral researcher with Teagasc. 

Wednesday 23rd

Get to know 2USE

Hamilton

12-6pm

2USE, the new second hand buy and sell platform will be in the Hamilton building all afternoon. They will be giving out prizes, chatting about their platform and promoting the circular economy. Drop by to have a chat with their team.

Swap Shop

Hamilton Study Space

12-6pm

Trinity’s biggest ever swap shop is being held in the Hamilton Junior Common Room. Items can be dropped off downstairs in the Business Building, beside the McNabb Lecture theatre. Each student will be allowed to take 5 free items, which include clothes, accessories, shoes, books, kitchenware, and sporting goods. 

Flower Hammering Mid-Week Munchies

Atrium Room 2

1-2pm

In a special edition of their weekly Mid-Week Munchies, EnviroSoc will be holding an EcoCrafts session, where they will be using natural dyes to colour clothes. Join them for a chance to learn a new skill, have a chat and make some friends. Bring along a light couloured garment that needs a bit of a lift!

Green Lab Panel Discussion

Online

6-7pm

Trinity’s Green Labs have had a very successful few months, with the School of Pharmacy’s NatPro lab being awarded the highest level of accreditation through the Green Labs Programme. Join them for a discussion on the best practises in lab sustainability. Opened by Prof. Kingston Mills, and chaired by Prof. Andrew Harkin, speakers will include Andrew Arnott, Dr. Fanny Yeun and Dr. Siobhan Gaughan.

Horticulture Peat: Challenges in Transition

Online

7-8.30pm

In another event from the Graduate Students Union, this time discussing the challenges the peat industry faces after the closure of peat fired power stations across the midlands. Featuring Niall Sargent, journalist with Noteworthy, Matthew Lohan, Woodstock Trees and Shrubs Ltd.,  Anna Kavanagh, growing media consultant & Dr Michael Gaffen of Teagasc. 

Thursday 24th

Clothes ReWorkshop

191 Pearse Street

11am-1pm

Envirosoc are holding a workshop detailing how to repair and restore your old clothes and prolong your wardrobe. Thread, needles and embellishments are supplied by the society, just bring yourself and your clothing piece of choice. 

Food From The Sea

Online

1-2pm

This presentation by Paul Holm,  Professor of Environmental History explores whether we can get more sustainable food from the sea in the future – and what we may learn from the past. From looking at ways to encourage people to eat more sustainable foods, to . Learn how academics engaged with innovative chefs and educationalists to build on Ireland’s seafood heritage, this will be an interesting talk. 

Pop-Up Shop

Berkeley Library

12-5pm, Thursday & Friday

OH MY POP UP! will be running a Pop-Up Shop event where a number of vendors, students, alumni students, artists and designers will be selling and showcasing their products. Including crafts, accessories, Eco-friendly skincare and cosmetics, hand painted and restored furniture, ceramic design with original artwork, clothing, hats and scarfs, vintage, secondhand, designer, sustainable products, and more! 

A Green Healing Environment

Online

1-2pm

The Global Brain Health Institute is hosting a seminar with Dr. Rutger de Graaf,  an innovation manager for Health Care organisations, specialising in nature-assisted health innovations in a healing environment. 

The Need For A More Sustainable Irish Food System

Online

7-8pm

This food system focused panel is being organised by the Green Campus’s Biodiversity Subcommittee and the Food & Drink, Environmental and Zoological student societies. They aim to explore the need for a more sustainable food system with speakers who are experts in a range of areas. Professor Jane Stout of Trinity’s Botany Department,  will chair the discussion in which Ballymaloe Cookery School’s Darina Allen, news correspondent Pat O’Toole, organic dairy farmer Sinéad Moran and Irish Rural Link’s James Claffey will each consider solutions to the challenges we currently face with our modern food system. 

What Does Integrity Taste Like

Online

4.30-5.30pm

Daniel Malan, Professor in Business Ethics will lead this discussion on ethical leadership and integrity in the food chain. He will be joined by  Brian Ingarfield, Chief Customer Officer at Ireland’s food industry Unicorn, Flipdish and Kylie Magner, MD at Magners Farm, a leader in organic food production. 

Friday 25th

Vegan Food Crawl

Front Square

12-2pm

DU Food & Drink, EnviroSoc and DU Vegan Soc will be visiting all the best places to get vegan food near campus. 

Sustainable Business: How to survive in a Consumerist World

Online

1-2pm

Norah Campbell will chair this discussion with owner of Bread 41 Eoin Clusky, Donal Sheehan, farmer with BRIDE (Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairying Environment) Project, and others. 

Green Generation

Online

1-2pm

Green Generation, based in Kildare, uses organic waste to create energy in the form of biomethane through anaerobic respiration. In this talk they will discuss their business, and the place these fuels have in our futures. 

TCDSU & the Hist Debate

GMB

7-9pm

In a collaboration between the Trinity College Dublin Student Union, and the College Historical Society, this debate will be on whether Ireland’s agricultural industry is compatible with Climate Justice. Special guests include Hazel Chu and Fridays for Future’s Beth Doherty.

More information and links to online events can be found on the Trinity Events Calendar https://www.tcd.ie/provost/sustainability/calendar/

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