Case study: Promoting reflection and behaviour change towards sustainability
Together with TU Dublin, we produced a case study showing why they started using Sulitest, how the team chose to do it and the impact already noticed. With students, they use Sulitest followed by a reflective piece, which “allows students to deeply think about sustainable development, explore the issues and what they mean to them.” This has pushed candidates to go beyond awareness towards action. In one of the courses, the professor asked the students, “‘have you changed any aspects of your lives due to this assignment?’ 78% of students said yes,” showing how the Sulitest tools can be used to promote a sustainable mindset AND behaviour change.
Full Case Study available here: [PDF]
Congratulations to our colleague Caitriona Quinn from the School of Civil Engineering on being awarded a @ForumTL @TUDublinIMPACT Teaching Champion under the Alternative Assessment stream to integrate sustainability through authentic assessment.
World Water Day – 22nd March 21
To coincide with World Water Day, Dr Patrice Behan, College of Sciences & Health, and Alacoque McAlpine, College of Business hosted an SDGliteracy.ie event for staff and students, to raise awareness of the global water crisis and the role of everyone in achieving SDG6.
The theme of World Water day, this year was Value in Water.
- Dr Conor Quinlan from the Environmental protection Agency (EAP) presented a very informative talk on ‘Water and Climate Adaptation – healthy catchments are resilient resources’ highlighting the need for bringing stakeholders together for integrated catchment management. Ecologically healthy, unpolluted catchments are robust and resilient catchments and can best provide the range of ecosystem services to meet our needs.
- Linda Ball from the CEO of A Different Ballgame, a UK based brand who make sustainable clothing and accessories from recycled ocean waste spoke about the problems caused by plastic pollution in our oceans. Linda described how her company in partnership with the SEAQUAL INITIATIVE, clean waste from the ocean including PET, PP, PA, metal, rubber, and glass, and how through innovative processing techniques they turn this plastic waste into yarn and eventually into clothing. Thereby, reducing plastic waste in our oceans and contributing to a circular economy
- Dr Joe Brady gave an excellent informative presentation on ‘Valuing Water for a Sustainable Future in the Biopharmaceutical Industry’. The importance of high-quality water as a raw material and the role of engineers in ensuring water is at the
picture courtesy of a Different Ball Game
required specification was highlighted. The advantages and challenges of systems put in place by the biopharmaceutical industry, to save and value water in their processes, led to an interesting discussion during the Q & A session.
Students won prizes; accessories from a A Different Ballgame for the most innovative questions to the panel.
To increase awareness around the Value of Water Dr. Patrice Behan and Alacoque McAlpine have also published an article on RTE Brainstorm called 5 ways for us to value water in our daily lives.
A member of the SDGLiteracy.ie team Alacoque McAlpine recently wrote an article for the RTE Brainstorm series “10 ways to become a sustainable fashion consumer”
Find the article here: https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/1214/1184346-10-ways-sustainable-fashion/
Informative and engaging presentation from Bobby McCormac at Development Perspectives on the SDGs for TU Dublin as part of Green week. Great to hear of the actions we can take to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and the inspiring work of @devperspectives
Great insight from Brian O’Kennedy from CS Carbon on promoting responsible business – sustainability is tangible, measurable and “essential”- #12megatrends #circulareconomy #NFDR #activism #ESG #responsibility #employees #EDI Green Week