Last year, as part of its contribution to climate change mitigation, Rotary Ireland launched a third-level environment award.

The objective of the achieving net zero with forests and wood award was to encourage third-level students to submit projects on how woodlands, forests and wood products can contribute to achieving net zero or carbon neutrality by 2050.

With a prize fund of €4,000, the second award is under way. Applications are open to third-level students from a wide range of disciplines which can contribute to decarbonisation.

These include forestry, architecture, ecology, engineering, science, horticulture, design, agriculture, land management, bioenergy, product development, woodworking and landscape architecture or planning.

The challenge is to research and submit a project on any element of forestry throughout the growing and production cycle from nursery to end use – and reuse – to contribute to net zero by 2050.

Projects for the Rotary Ireland Student Environment Award are accepted by undergraduate and master's students from third-level colleges in Ireland.

Prize fund

The Rotary Ireland Student Environment Award medal, certificate and €2,000 will be awarded to the winner, plus €2,000 for an exceptional project should the winner wish to pursue further research.

Certificates of merit will also be presented for shortlisted projects. The presentation will be in conjunction with Wood Awards Ireland in November 2024 in Farmleigh House, Dublin.

Interested applicants can enter their project by completing an application form, available at, or email

Students have until 10 July to enter. For more information, visit

The Rotary Ireland Student Environment Award is a collaboration between Rotary Ireland and Wood Awards Ireland and is funded by the Department of Agriculture.

Funding and support are also acknowledged by Rotary Ireland and the Rotary clubs of Wicklow and Dublin-Fingal.

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