Green Campus programme

GMIT Mayo Green Campus. Proud to be the first Institute of Technology to be awarded the Green Flag

GMIT Mayo was the first Institute of Technology in the world to be awarded the status of Green Campus by The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and An Taisce in 2011.

The aims of the GMIT Mayo Green Campus project are to raise awareness of environmental issues and take practical actions under the Green Campus themes.  We have drawn up a Charter for each theme giving guidelines on the positive contributions staff and students can make.

Since 2008, environmental initiatives on campus have led to dramatic changes on campus:

  • Paper consumption has declined by over 50%

  • Recycling rates have increased by over 75%

  • Energy consumption has been reduced by just over 20% (primarily due to the introduction of pc remote control in the computer labs) 

  • Biodiversity has been increased on campus through planting of native trees

  • Live-streaming from Swift Nestboxes from May to August each year is a nationally unique project

Green Flag

In February 2014, the campus was awarded its second Green Flag by An Taisce following a rigorous re-evaluation by an expert panel under the Green Flag themes of Energy, Litter & Waste, Water and Biodiversity. Some of the Green campus projects are outlined below.

Sanctuary Garden 

Two students from the Applied Social Studies course developed this garden in the main courtyard.  A student on the Heritage course designed the garden.  It is a wonderful space created by students to be enjoyed by the college community.

 

Native Tree Planting

Students and Staff got involved in the national Plant a Million Trees Project.  A wide variety of native trees were planted to provide a nectar and food source insects and birds.  Native bluebells bulbs, teasel plants and snowdrops have been planted amongst the trees to give colourful ground flora.

 

Energy Conservation

Since September 2011 all computer labs have a PC Remote Shutdown Management System.  A computer not used for 20 minutes will automatically enter power saving mode and then shutdown.  See energy graphs below.  We also run a "Last Out, Lights Out"  and  "Office Shutdown" campaigns.

 

Be An Earth Friendly Artist

Two students on the part-time Art & Design course developed a leaflet showing how to dispose of acrylic artists paint in a safe and simple way without polluting our water.  There are step by step instructions in the leaflet below.  

Be an earth friendly Artist (PDF, 5.31MB)
Sanctuary Garden Before and After (PDF, 913.97KB)
Energy Graphs (PDF, 138.88KB)
Swift entering nest box at Mayo Campus

Save our swifts

Learn about the 'Save our Swifts' project at the GMIT Mayo Campus

GMIT Mayo Green Campus Co-ordinator

Lynda Huxley

Tel: +353-94-9043101

Email: Lynda Huxley