The Green-Campus programme encourages linkages to students’ academic studies, and that active learning opportunity has been embraced in our work – modules across seven different courses have had learning activities connected to Green-Campus. Examples include:
- Environmental students have organised Green Weeks, carried out waste audits, provided environmental training and transferred learning from the Cloughjordan ecovillage to LIT (see photo below of student displays).
- Three computer students developed software to take data from an electricity meter and a water meter installed on the Thurles campus. The software processes the data and allows the user to visualise it using customised graphs.
- Social & Community Studies and Environmental students worked together in a problem-based learning (PBL) format to consult with external organisations in Thurles, to explore possible co-operation on environmental issues. This led to a deputation of students and staff presenting to a local authority meeting regarding the planned Thurles Town Park.
- Students from the Early Childhood Care and Education course engaged in workshops on the topic of plants and gardening.
- Creative Multimedia students undertook projects on litter, road safety and a survey on travel to campus methods.
The committee encourage staff to consider linking assignments into Green-Campus. Where students have choice regarding the topic for an assignment, the committee again encourages linkage to Green-Campus. If you’d like to discuss possibilities, see the Getting in contact section on the menu.