Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Thomas Adams
Student Researcher
Civil Engineering
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation ---
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) ---
Bee Campus USA ---
Demeter Biodynamic ---
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard ---
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard ---
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program ---
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM ---
Salmon-Safe ---
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) ---
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) ---
An equivalent program approved by AASHE Yes

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

All Ireland Pollinator Plan
NUI Galway are a proud signatory to the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-25 which seeks to restore, protect, and provide additional habitats for bees and other pollinating insects. It is a key component of our Biodiversity Action Plan. To date we have implemented a wide range of actions on campus in line with the plan including:

Reducing mowing regimes to enable growth of pollinator friendly plants
Creating designated meadows around Dangan Sports ground
Reducing pesticide use
Installing signage to inform community that these areas are being managed as part of the Pollinator Plan

Link: https://pollinators.ie/

Green Flag Award for Parks & Gardens
The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.

Purpose & aims
To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live
To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve
To establish standards of good management
To promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector
To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers
NUI Galway were delighted to be awarded the Green Flag in 2020 and have recently retained it again in 2021, recognising the ongoing improvements we are making to our green spaces on campus.

Link: https://www.antaisce.org/news/announcement-2020-green-flag-awards

IBAL – Clean Campus
NUI Galway were awarded Grade A: Clean to European Norms in the most recent survey conducted in the 1st round of surveys in 2019.


Documentation affirming the certification(s):

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