UCD Green Week (February, 4-7)

UCD Green Week is an initiative arranged and run by UCD students, staff and societies working together through the Green Campus Initiative. The aim of Green Week is to raise awareness of environmental issues and to inform students and staff of ways we can reduce both our individual and collective impact on the environment. A number of events are planned throughout the week on the Belfield Campus which will focus on particular topics – such as food waste, biodiversity, recycling and sustainable commuting.

Calendar of Activities

1pm:Lunchtime Walk - Wintertime in the Orchard and Apiary with Brian Tobin
Location: Meet at the Chess Garden
5pm:Dodder clean-up with BioSoc and UCDSU
Location: Meet outside the Clubhouse
7pm:Film Screening with BioSoc and UCDSU - Know Your Food Waste
Location: Ashfield Social Space

1pm:Lunchtime Walk - Woodlands and Biodiversity walk with Ciaran Beattie
Location: Meet at the Chess Garden
1pm:Insect Hotels with HortSoc, BioSoc and Estate Services)
Location: Outside between JJL and Campus Services

10am:Tree Planting demonstration with Estate Services
Location: Upper Lake
1pm:Lunchtime Walk - Trees and Woodlands with Mary Forrest
Location: Meet at the Chess Garden
1pm-2pm:Building Management System demonstration with Paul Noonan from UCD Estate Services
Location: John Henry Newman Building - Ground Floor beside An Cuas
1pm-3pm:Zero Waste Cooking with Adrian Martin
Location: Atrium, Student Centre
6pm-8pm:Environmental Responsibility Panel Discussion with UCDSU and L&H
Location: Fitzgerald Chamber, Student Centre
Chair: Patrick Paul Walsh, UCD School of Politics
Speakers: Eamon Ryan, Green Party
Deirdre Duffy, Fine Gael
Lisa Ryan, UCD School of Economics
More speakers TBC

All Day:Bike Day with UCD Estate Services and UCDSU
Location: The Quad
11am-3pm:Dogs Trust with UCD Estate Services
Location: Atrium, Student Centre
1pm:Lunchtime Walk - UCD Birdlife and Birding with Siobhan McNamara
Location: Meet at Chess Garden
2:30pm:Clothes Swap with HortSoc and Sustainable Living Workshop with the Sustainable Store
Location: Room 5,6,7 in the Student Centre
4pm-6pm:Alternative uses of Food Waste with Zaneta from Rerouting the Future - BioSoc Nutrition Soc
Location: Atrium, Student Centre
7pm-9pm:Panel Discussion on Food waste with BioSoc and UCDSU
Location: Fitzgerald Chamber
Chair: Craig Benton - EPA’s Stop Food Waste Team
Speakers: Aoibheann O’Brien - Food Cloud
Mindy O’Brien - Voice
Ciara Beausang - UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering



Our “Switch-Off” initiative, which is normally run over bank-holiday weekends is being expanded to become a “Switch-Off Week” with the aim of reducing electricity usage and harmful emissions throughout the Green Week and to raise awareness of the important role individuals play in energy conservation.


SPARC Recycling Awareness Campaign focusing on coffee cups running all week in Newman. Come visit us at the big red wall beside An Cuas across from the Coffee Dock.


The environmental impact of single-use items is well-publicised, this is what we have done in UCD