The Green-Campus Partner Programme emerged from the Green-Campus programme when it was identified that service providers into the third level sector could benefit from assessing and reducing the environmental impact of their organisational activities, improve their sustainability and support their third level clients in applying sustainable best practice associated with the service. This has led to the development of a programme for Green-Campus Partner organisations which encourages service providers into third level institutions to develop, adopt and apply a seven step environmental management process similar to that of Green-Campus, to their organisation.
The Seven-Step process should be applied to the organisation and implemented with the support and guidance of the Green-Campus office of An Taisce. Upon completion of the Seven Steps, the Green-Campus partner submits an application to the Green-Campus office and a Demonstration Day is arranged to showcase the work of the service provider. An Taisce awards a Green-Campus partner certificate, based on their assessment of the application and demonstration of activities by the organisation. The Green-Campus Partner Certificate is subject to renewal every two years.
This programme encourages a partnership approach to environmental education, management and action in third level institutions. Primarily aimed at campus communities it ensures that students and staff can engage in a meaningful way to enhance sustainability on campus.
HEAnet and the Green-Campus Partner Programme
HEAnet is Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, providing internet connectivity and associated ICT services to education and research organisations throughout Ireland, including all primary and post-primary schools. HEAnet has been collaborating with An Taisce‘s Green Campus FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) programme for several years now. As HEAnet and An Taisce share a common client base across the University and Higher Education sector, they have combined their efforts to promote sustainability and dissemination through the use of ICT technologies.
To fully establish this collaboration, HEAnet successfully undertook Green Campus Certification in their own right, in order to fully experience the programme being pursued by an increasing number of their clients. HEAnet are the first company to be awarded Green Campus Certification in this category.
Pictured here are John Boland, HEAnet Chief Executive and Andrew Mackarel, HEAnet Project Manager accepting the Green Campus Certification award from Anthony Purcell, Development Manager, Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce. The presentation took place at HEAnet’s National Conference 2015 in November.
HEAnet are currently in the process of procuring and deploying a new network which will offer higher bandwidth and services to clients using more energy efficient equipment. HEAnet also lead 1GÉANTs Green team activities (GN4 NA3-T3) and are in discussions with other 2NRENs about their participation in FEE activities in their own countries. For more information on HEAnet’s involvement with An Taisce Green Campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1 GÉANT: Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education: http://www.geant.org/
2 NRENs / National Research and Education Networks: http://www.geant.net/About/partners/Pages/Home.aspx