University of Galway praised for boosting Galway grade for cleanliness

University of Galway campus. Credit - Chaosheng Zhang
Sep 12 2023 Posted: 09:44 IST

University of Galway has been praised for the standards of cleanliness and upkeep of the campus as part of the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey.

Carried out by An Taisce, the IBAL review takes place each year with spot checks across the country and towns and cities ranked for their appearance, the presence of litter and the impression created for visitors and tourists.

The IBAL report scored University of Galway’s campus a Grade A, noting: “A beautiful environment which was not just excellent with regard to litter but lovingly tended and maintained. All aspects within the campus were in very good order eg picnic tables, bicycle parking, paving, planted areas etc. It was great to see the opportunity to recycle with recycling bins incorporated into regular litter bins. Clearly this is a very well-respected environment.”

Galway City Council, Director Services, Patrick Greene, has written to the University to share the appreciation of the local authority for supporting the city to achieve an enhanced IBAL rating and positive publicity for the city as a location for business and leisure.

President of University of Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said: “Our University community makes great effort to showcase our beautiful riverside, city campus and we are thrilled that these endeavours are recognised by IBAL, Galway City Council and An Taisce. One of our core values is openness and a key element of that is ensuring that our campus is welcoming and somewhere for people to visit and enjoy, whether they are students, visitors or tourists or those living and working in and around the city. University of Galway is well regarded as one of the most biodiverse university campuses and it is great credit to the teams of people who manage, maintain and tend to our environment that their efforts are marked in the IBAL survey and report. I would like to congratulate all the University staff, particularly those in our Buildings and Estates team, for their hard work and the pride they take in making our campus look and feel so welcoming.”


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