University College Cork has become the first institution outside of North America to achieve a gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UCC now joins Princeton, Cornell and UC Berkeley in receiving the highest standard, Gold ‘Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System’ (STARS) for excellence in sustainability. [...]
Our Green Campus newsletter for Summer 2018 can be viewed by clicking on the image below. We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any feedback/suggestions then please just get in touch.
The 'Plastic Free July' Challenge - an interview with participants Maria and Shannon - Killian Kelly As the month of July comes to a close, so too does the 'Plastic Free July' challenge which saw people attempting to reduce, or completely eliminate single-use plastics from their shopping lists the entire month of July. There's [...]
Great hunting skills displayed by one of Corks resident otters (video below) Green campus Intern, Killian Kelly From a distance, I assumed it was a seal. I’d seen one a few weeks back down by Grand Parade. Floating along, it then plunged its head under, hunching its back upward, and lifted its long pointed tail [...]
Mural by Rosemarie Schinzler. ‘Wachsen Lassen’ - ‘Let Grow’. Photo: Killian Kelly Plastic and Society; A Love-Hate Relationship On the East Side of the Berlin wall, there once stood a symbolic green plant sprouting from a mural (seen above), accompanied by the words ‘Wachsen lassen’, meaning Let Grow. Today, in the plant's absence, sits a display of single-use water [...]
UCC Green Campus Intern, Killian Kelly, on what the new EU-wide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides might mean for UCC's newest residents. The Problem The past decade has seen widening concern globally over the sudden plummet in bee populations. Although a number of possibilities behind such drastic declines were argued, little agreement could be found by the vast amount of [...]
Click on the image below to access our Green Campus newsletter for Spring 2018 and see what we have been up to since Christmas! Read about the activities of our student climate ambassadors, an update on the university wide module in sustainability, and many more activities that have taken place over the last three months. [...]
“Meatless Monday” is a global movement aimed at encouraging everyone to eat meat-free one day a week. 44 countries worldwide take part in this campaign, and UCC is playing its part. On Meatless Monday, the main restaurant will offer meatless meal options for students and staff that wish to take action to help our environment. [...]
UCC’s position as a globally leading “green” university has once again been recognised with a top ten position in the UI Green Metric World University Ranking. Achieving an impressively creditable 9th out of a total of 619 universities worldwide, UCC’s position in the UI Green Metric represents a global ranking of sustainability activities across operations, [...]
Click on the image below to read the UCC Green Campus Newsletter for Christmas 2017. From everyone at UCC Green Campus, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.