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UCC’s Sustainability Journey.

In 2007, UCC students instigated a pilot Green Campus programme, with the help of An Taisce, which would see the university become the first in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation of Environmental Education. UCC renewed its Green Flag in 2013 and 2016, and in July 2016 published its Sustainability Strategy committing to be a “world-class University leading the drive towards sustainability in Higher Education Institutes and beyond, to our community, region and planet.” Our programme is student-led, research-informed and practice-focused and our success demonstrates the strong commitment across all levels and divisions in the university.

Key Areas

Sustainability Citizenship

Sustainability Citizenship

From the beginning, the green agenda at University College Cork was shaped and formed by student initiatives.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

UCC aims to make every student aware of sustainable development through both formal and informal learning. The University Wide Module on Sustainability is now in it’s third year.

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Research

Research

Our research strategy is focused on creating major centres of excellence for world-class research. Sustainability and transdisciplinary research are supported at the highest levels in the university.

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Food Health and Wellbeing

Food Health and Wellbeing

The health of our students is inextricably linked with that of our environment and UCC Green Campus work together with UCC Health Matters, in recognition of this.

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Landscape, Heritage and Natural Resources

Landscape, Heritage and Natural Resources

UCC campus sits overlooks both the north and south channels of the River Lee, over 2,000 trees are present, some of national significance.

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Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling and Waste Management

The University is committed to reduce the volume of waste generated and to increase the proportion of that waste which is recycled.

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Energy, Water and Climate Change

Energy, Water and Climate Change

UCC is committed to reducing its Carbon Footprint.  UCC was the first university in the world to achieve ISO 50001 certification.

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Procurement and Contracts

Procurement and Contracts

The university is finding ways to reduce the negative impacts of its purchasing decisions by implementing green or sustainable procurement policies and processes.

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Commuting and Business Travel

Commuting and Business Travel

UCC is committed to encouraging and supporting low carbon transport among its population of almost 3,000 staff and 21,000 students, both when travelling to university or for the university.

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