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Trinity College Dublin completes pilot biodiversity audit

A biodiversity audit was recently completed to document biodiversity across Trinity’s 47-acre green campus in the city of Dublin. This was a collaboration between staff and students, Estates and Facilities teams, interns and volunteers. The study highlighted that in addition to iconic species such as foxes, trees and swifts, there is a wealth of hidden biodiversity in the form of plants, insects, fungi and other creatures.

This was one of the first tasks of the newly appointed Vice President for Biodiversity and Climate Action and will feed into the Biodiversity Strategy which is being developed to encompass all of Trinity’s operations.

Students commemorate World Clean Up Day in Lagos

Students from several Nigerian Universities joined together with their local communities to commemorate #WorldCleanUpDay2022 and #LeaveNoTrace campaign by organising several clean up events in September 2022.

Litter pick events took place at Kontagora market, Lagos, and Uselu market, Benin City, Nigeria. Friends of Nature student group, University of Benin co-organised the events, which raised awareness and demonstrated opportunities to restore degraded areas of land and build pride in the local environment.

University of Exeter achieve Green Lab accreditation (LEAF)

In May 2019 the University of Exeter declared an Environment and Climate Emergency. A key commitment is the implementation of green lab accreditation across all UoE labs. Laboratories are responsible for producing a significant percentage of a university’s carbon emissions, by consuming up to ten times more energy and four times more water per square metre than other academic spaces. They also consume excessive amounts of plastic, and it is estimated that they are responsible for generating around 2% of plastic waste worldwide.

Bird friendly buildings at UBC, Canada

Vancouver’s shiny, tall, mirror-like buildings are an attractive and much-photographed sight. So too is the local wildlife, with Vancouver boasting one of the highest densities of wintering birds of any Canadian city. Unfortunately, the combination can turn those beautiful reflective glass windows into bird killers. See how UBC community members are flocking together to bird-proof campus buildings.

University of Oxford publishes biodiversity footprint

A comprehensive assessment was completed of the biodiversity losses associated with activities at the University of Oxford. The 60 activities assessed included the day-to-day running of buildings and transport services; travel (including flights) for students and researchers; construction of laboratories and other buildings; consumption of food and beverages at restaurants and cafeterias; and use of medical supplies and other materials in research labs.

Bioblitz at University of Turku, Finland

The Biodiversity Unit hosted a BioBlitz event on May 21st-22nd 2022. A Bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short time, 24 hours. Scientists, students, teachers, families and other community members worked together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity.

Vrikshaaropan (वृक्षारोपण) at Providence Womens College, Kerala India

Launched on June 5th 2022, as part of the Environment Day, the Principal, Local Manager and students joined a tree-planting drive. Additionally a new initiative was launched titled ‘Providence Retrieval of Valuable Information on Plants -using Quick Response codes,’ whereby, name boards detailing each plant that was planted,  equipped with QR codes,  were installed to educate students and visitors about the importance of each plant. Eventually it is hoped to equip each plant on campus,  with such boards.

Hedgehog friendly universities (UK)

Hedgehogs are vulnerable to extinction in Britain, due to habitat loss, development, roads and garden hazards. There are now thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs left. City dwelling hedgehog numbers appear to be recovering after a long period of decline but there is more work to be done. Whether your campus is green or urban, you can help to bring hedgehogs back from the brink.

“I want my university campuses to be more green, and also to inspire universities of my state to pledge for a greener campus and a greener planet”