Sustainability Across the Pond

03.14.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I recently spent my spring break in Ireland with the Ireland Learning Community. When we were not visiting historical political and literary sites we had time to ourselves to explore and see things that interest us. Of course I noticed everything with my environmentally friendly sustainable eye, and I was happily surprised. I noticed a couple cool little things that we could even easily implement around our campus.

First off I did not see one paper towel dispenser the entire time I was in the country. Every public facility had air dryers for hands. Paper towels result in 254 million tons of trash every year. Once used, paper towels cannot be recycled. As many as 51,000 trees per day are required to replace the number of paper towels that are discarded every day.

Another interesting feature I noticed was to turn on the lights in your hotel room the key card must be inserted and left. No on leaves the room without their key card, so once it is removed the lights automatically turn off. I thought this was a cool little energy saving feature.

These were only a few small things I noticed. These are small compared to the environmental committees and laws that Ireland is putting in place. It was nice to see that this little country is striving for a sustainable lifestyle and changes.

Kayleigh McDonnell

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