Reduced mowing of grassed areas - Since 2018 the Grounds department has been gradually reducing the areas on the campus that are intensely mowed. Switching from weekly mowing regimes to cutting the grassed areas only once or twice a year. This has lowered our emissions by simply not running the diesel machines as regularly. In 2021 we had over 1 million square feet of grassland managed under a reduced mowing regime.
Switching to EV and Electric machinery - We have been actively reducing our fleet of diesel and petrol machinery for the last few years. Our aim is to become carbon neutral in the coming years, with all petrol and diesel machinery coming to the end of their lifespan as they are being replaced with electric alternatives.
As part of the Green campus initiative, we are looking at diverting the waste streams on the campus to ensure that we are recycling and reusing as many "waste" items as possible. Actions such as collecting clothing/household items from outgoing students and offering these items to incoming students the following semester. Refurbing old computers to be used again with REHAB and simple actions such as collecting old bedding from students to give to Kildare Dog Shelter. All these little actions are diverting waste that would traditionally go into landfill, thus reducing the volume of waste having to be collected from the campus (fewer bin lorries etc)