Maynooth University

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Maynooth University (formerly known as NUI, Maynooth) is set in Kildare in Ireland’s East Midlands.  Close to Dublin but clearly a more removed college, the college adjoins and encompasses an old ecclesiastical college and seminary.  Today, the University is a friendly, compact campus with a fierce determination to save more and waste less.

What is Student Switch Off?

Student Switch Off is a sustainability campaign running at the Maynooth University which supports and encourages students living in halls of residence to save energy and water, as well as recycle.

Whilst all students living on campus are part of the energy saving plan, we’re focused on Riordan, Mullin, Leavey and Hargadon halls. If you live in one of these halls you are automatically taking part in the competition but visit our get involved page to find out how you can do more and win individual prizes like Ben & Jerry’s, return rail tickets and other great prizes.

At the end of the year, the hall that saves the most energy & recycles the best will win a prize!

Why does Student Switch Off exist?

Student Switch Off provides a platform for students to take personal action on the Climate Crisis.

  • Halls of residence are energy & water intensive buildings
  • Inefficient electricity, heat and water use all contribute to the Climate Crisis, with the majority of Europe’s energy coming from fossil fuels
  • When bills are included in rent, we may not be as enticed to save
  • Reducing energy & water waste is a great way to reduce negative environmental and social impact
  • Reducing waste and recycling where possible also saves energy, resources and cuts CO2 emissions
  • Whilst these actions aren’t going to solve the whole problem, it’s a great place for individuals to start as it’s simple and seemingly small actions really can add up

What impact does the campaign have?

The campaign runs in universities across Europe and in the past 12 years we have…

  • Kept 20,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • Saved millions in wasted energy costs
  • Trained students to save energy and CO2 now and in their future.

Each and every small action contributes to our collective impact, so thanks for being part of Student Switch Off!