Galway Chamber Business Awards 2020

 NUI Galway was announced the winner of the‌ Sustainability Category of the Galway Chamber Awards 2020, at a virtual award ceremony hosted on Friday 26th February attended by hundreds of businesses to celebrate the achievement innovation and resilience of the Galway Business Community.  The judges were impressed by NUI Galway strategic commitment to sustainability, the contribution that sustainability practices are making to the economy and society and the mainstream nature of sustainability activities within the organisation.

Accepting the Award on behalf of NUI Galway, Michelle O’Dowd Lohan, Sustainability Officer said "sustainability is not about an individual or an organisation, it is partnerships, it is about collaboration it is about working together to solve complex societal challenges.  NUI Galway is for the public good, we are here for our students our staff and the planet and we plan to continue our long tradition of partnerships with community groups and organisations in the Galway region."

NUI Galway's Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025

Sustainability has been gathering momentum at NUI Galway for a number of years. The inaugural sustainability strategy for the campus was launched in November 2017 with a vision of establishing the university as a leading, green, smart and healthy campus. Some of the major milestones reached as a result of the inaugural strategy include: academic staff embracing sustainability as part of the curriculum; becoming a Green Campus Ireland awarded site; exceeding the Public Sector 2020 Energy Efficiency target by reaching a target of 40%  energy efficiency in 2020 ; achieving the first Green Lab certification for a lab in Europe; developing a Biodiversity Trail and managing the campus grounds in line with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan; making university opportunities available to marginalised groups; divesting from fossil fuels, implementing an ethical investment policy and including a statement of Corporate Social Responsibility as part of the Annual Financial Report.

With growing support and commitment from the campus community, sustainability was enshrined in the NUI Galway Strategic Plan for 2020-2025. Alongside and linked to respect, openness and excellence, sustainability is now at the heart of everything we do. In December 2019, the university further demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by signing the SDG Accord.  NUI Galway further demonstrates leadership in embedding the SDGs by placing 68th in the world for addressing the UN SDGs overall and 10th in the world for addressing the UN SDGs for research on life below water and support for aquatic ecosystems. NUI Galway recently launched its second Sustainability Strategy setting out an ambitious vision for the period 2021-2025 to be a leader in the transition to a sustainable future.