DkIT praised by efforts on Sustainability

Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan and the tree made of used paper cups.

Tom Boland of the HEA praised DkIT's efforts on sustainability and its green campus activities at a conference in Croke Park last week. The event organized by An Taisce brough all the higher education organisations involved in Green Flag programme together.

DkIT is currently working on attaining its first flag which will address waste.

The College has a range of initiatives in place including:

  • use of a 3 bin system in all buildings
  • recycling of paper, DVDs, print cartridges, mobiles and a range of other materials. The Institution currently recycles almost 60% of its total waste with this figure increasing over the past 3 years
  • some areas of the organization produce zero waste with all materials being reused on an on-going basis
  • increased use of e-resources in a range of activities
  • swop boxed available which support re-use of material

The College is focusing this year on changing behaviors around the use of paper cups on campus. These cups while made of recycled material cannot actually be recycled once used.

The cups can however be re-used as the photo of a tree made of used paper cups illustrates. This tree was created for Green Campus DkIT by the O Fiaich Waste Watchers group.

A group of students are also researching alternatives to the use of these cups and in this way bring sustainable development issues into the curriculum.

For further information on the Green Campus look at www.dkit.ie/greencampus.