Three Galway students awarded Sustainability Leadership Awards

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(L-R) Séan Harkin, Michelle O’Dowd Lohan, Enda Kilgarriff, Róisín Doherty.

Three NUI Galway students have been awarded Student Sustainability Leadership Awards as part of the University’s drive to advance student participation in sustainability efforts on campus.

Róisín Doherty, from Westport Co. Mayo, who is studying with the College of Science; and Enda Gilgarriff from Headford, Co. Galway, and Séan Harkin from Lifford, Co. Donegal who are students with the College of Engineering and Informatics all received awards and will share the €10,000 prize.

They will also undertake summer internships with the NUI Galway Community and University Sustainability Project team (CUSP) to gain experience in sustainability related research application, networking, and communication with experts in the field.

The NUI Galway Student Sustainability Awards Programme is part of the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2017-2020.

The Strategy sets out a vision of establishing NUI Galway as a top-class, green, smart and healthy campus.

The Strategy was developed by the Community and University Sustainability Project Team (CUSP) following a campus-wide inclusive and holistic engagement process.

Speaking at the announcement of the Awards, Michelle O’Dowd Lohan, Sustainability Engagement Associate at NUI Galway, said: “CUSP recognises the key role that students will play in establishing a sustainable university as key drivers and developers of change.

“We are keen to develop student leaders that are dedicated and enthusiastic about developing a more sustainable campus and community and student input is crucial to support the implementation of Strategy targets and objectives.”

The awards programme is funded by NUI Galway Student Union through the Student Project Fund.

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