About The Green Campus Programme in UCC

In March 2020, University College Cork celebrated 10 years since becoming the first University in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education.  Green Campus involves a seven-step programme and a cycle of continual improvement.  Campuses are fully reassessed, by a panel of external experts, every 3 years.  UCC has successfully renewed it’s Green Flag 4 times.

The Green Campus Programme in UCC has evolved significantly since its inception.   Strong commitment and support from the highest levels in the university has contributed to embedding sustainability across our operations, teaching, research and outreach.  The student-led Green Campus Committee, chaired by the Student’s Union Deputy President, meets regularly to discuss ideas and campaigns to improve our campus.  These meetings feed into biannual meetings of the  Green Campus Forum, which takes its membership from across all functions within the University.  The forum ensures continuity and strategic oversight throughout the academic cycle.

In 2016, UCC launched its Sustainability Strategy, which is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and, in 2018, began to publish Annual Sustainability Reports.

UCC is ranked 9th globally in the UI Green Metric World University Ranking of sustainable universities and was the first higher education institution in the world to achieve ISO 50001 certification for energy management.

In 2018, UCC was the first university outside of North America to be awarded a Gold Star from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Meet the Team

John O'Halloran
John O'HalloranDeputy President and Registrar
John O’Halloran co-chairs the University’s Green Forum
Mark Poland
Mark PolandDirector of Buildings and Estates
Mark co-chairs the University’s Green Forum
Ciara Kealy
Ciara KealyStudent Union Deputy President
Kelly co-chairs the Green Campus Committee
Niamh Guiry
Niamh GuiryEnvironmental Society Chairperson
Siofra co-chairs the Green Campus Committee
Maria Kirrane
Maria KirraneSustainability Officer
Maria coordinates delivery of UCC’s Sustainability Strategy
Pat Mehigan
Pat MehiganEnergy Manager
Pat Manages UCC’s ISO50001 programme, including the Saver Saves scheme
Barrie Curley
Barrie CurleyEstates Manager
Barrie manages waste and biodiversity on campus
Stephan Koch
Stephan KochCommuter Manager
Stephan is responsible for delivery of the UCC Commuter Plan
Green Forum
The Green Forum supports and provides strategic direction on the sustainability agenda at UCC.
Student's Union
The Student Union engage extensively with the sustainability agenda at UCC, driving the Plastic Free campus campaign.
Societies Executive
The Societies Executive support the inclusion of sustainable and green practices among all societies in UCC
Clubs Executive
The Sports Executive support the inclusion of sustainable and green practices among all clubs in UCC

An international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, holistic action for the environment.