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 involves a seven-step programme and a cycle of continual improvements across themes such as energy, waste, water, biodiversity and transport. You can read about specific actions undertaken in UCC, under these themes, in the pages of this website.
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 throughout the academic cycle.
In recent years, the establishment of “green teams” in focus buildings, has furthered the reach and impact of the green campus programme across UCC. These teams are working with Green Campus to improve both the environmental performance of their buildings, and the comfort level for staff and students. You can read more about how this programme began here and about the successes that have been achieved by our Green Library Team here.
If you have an idea for how UCC can be “greener”, or would like to join the Green Campus Committee or Forum, then please get in touch.