The University of Limerick is proud to launch the 2010 UL Environmental Committee calendar. Speaking at the launch, University of Limerick President, Professor Don Barry said; "This year's calendar celebrates the wildlife, flora and fauna of the wonderful surroundings we work in and it encourages us to appreciate and preserve them. These images reveal the biodiversity and beauty of the campus, our riverside situation and the special area of conservation along the river." This year's calendar showcases the work of the UL photographic community. Every photo was taken on campus grounds and, cumulatively, they demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of wildlife that can be observed in UL. Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin was the project leader for the 2010 calendar, working closely with the design team of David Lilburn and Mary Nagle. The photographs were taken by the following members of the campus community: Eoin Stephenson, John Breen, Seán Reidy, Tom Harrington, Richard O' Hanlon, Kevin Johnson, Sara Cox, Ann Taylor, Rumhann Howard-Hildige and Niall Brownen.
2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the UL Environmental Committee, a committee that has led important environmental initiatives on campus. With the support of UL Buildings and Estates, the Environmental Committee worked in partnership with the UL Photographic Society to bring nature enthusiasts and photographers closer to the wildlife of UL by erecting a Hide along the riverbank. There has also been agreement to establish an orchard on the campus, creating another sanctuary for wildlife. The continuing of sustainability projects such as car pooling and the UL Farmers Market have significant environmental, social and educational benefits. The Farmers Market continues to draw many to the campus every Tuesday to enjoy the fresh produce available as well as the unique community atmosphere.
Chair of the UL Environmental Committee, Colin Fitzpatrick said; "The flora and fauna that we enjoy every day should inspire us to play a role in protecting global biodiversity by choosing sustainable options and working to reduce C02 emissions. Creating this conservation culture on campus will not only make UL more resilient but will also help to prepare our students for the significant sustainability challenges that they will face."
David Lilburn (Design), Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin (Project Leader), Mary Nagle (Design) and Seán Reidy (Contributing Photographer) at the launch of the 2010 Environmental Calendar