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About The Green Campus Programme in UCC

the first higher education institution worldwide to receive the Green Campus award

In 2010, University College Cork was the first third level education institute worldwide to receive the Green Campus award.  In 2013 it became the first third level institute to new its Green Flag, and in 2016 successfully renewed it once again!

The Green Campus Programme was initiated in 2007 by a number of students from the Environmental Society who were passionate about the environment and determined that more should be done in and by UCC, and in a more structured and cohesive manner. Fully supported by the university and guided by An Taisce this small group of students led the formation of the Green Campus Programme, which is now being implemented in 14 countries worldwide.

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

Green Campus is an evolution of the Green Schools programme, an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. Institutions that successfully complete all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green-Flag’.

Continuing this process through third level was the next logical step. Since 2010 over 20 campuses in Ireland have formally registered on the Programme, with nine awarded the Green Flag.

Green Campus is an initiative of, and co-ordinated on an international level by, FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) and run by An Taisce in Ireland.  The programme now runs in 14 countries worldwide.

The Green Campus Programme is designed to enable students to participate and take the lead, where possible. It aims to promote projects which enhance our Green Campus and it strives to put into practice our world-class research for the benefit of our environment on a campus, national and global scale. The Green Campus initiative is led by the Green Campus Forum.

If you have an idea for how UCC can be “greener”, or would like to join the Green Campus Committee, then please get in touch.

UCC is ranked 12th 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 .