Students around Ireland and globally are leaders in demanding climate action so it’s important that their universities are also leading by example. Sustainability plays a central role in all TU Dublin activities, from education and research to campus development.
Undergraduate students in many disciplines are introduced to theoretical concepts about sustainability from first year, and apply this knowledge in academic projects and in their work with the community and industry.
With global temperatures predicted to rise by 2.70C between now and 2100, the production, distribution and use of energy needs to adapt. At TU Dublin our research aims to find efficient, cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy; the development of evidence-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and how to increase security of supply so as to enhance national competitiveness. Diet, health, and the sustainable production of safe and novel foods and ingredients are also key research focus areas.
TU Dublin has large properties across the City Centre, in Blanchardstown and in Tallaght. Our Estates teams work with a contrasting range of buildings - some very old and amongst the finest in the city, others modern and very sophisticated in their design and servicing. Maintaining the very highest level of energy efficiency and waste management is an important consideration in the delivery of all campus services. In addition, as a partner of the Smarter Travel Campus Programme, TU Dublin encourages students and staff to use public transport, to walk or cycle, and ample bike parks are available in all locations.
Students and staff are enthusiastic supporters of local initiatives that support sustainability and the TU Dublin Green Campus runs a number of environmental and biodiversity projects. These include rewilding of parts of the campus landscape, volunteer clean-ups in local areas and riverbanks, reducing use of plastic in cafeterias, and supporting plastic re-use projects. National Green Week in March provides a particular focus for seminars, workshops, films and talks exploring topics related to climate action, sustainability and protecting our environment.