The Conundrum of Academic Air Travel UCC's most recent carbon footprint calculation estimated that we release over 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere every year. This is potentially an underestimate, and from August, a new research project, under the supervision of Dr Niall Dunphy (CPPU), will work to refine this calculation. Nevertheless, [...]
By Lina Skarabis (UCC Green Campus Secretary 18/19, UCCSU Environmental Officer 19/20) In 2010, UCC was proud to have been the first University in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from An Taisce on behalf The Foundation for Environmental Education. The Green Campus Programme focuses on environmental education and sustainable development on campus, [...]
Save our Species – Local Actions Global Impact On Monday April 22nd is International Earth Day 2019 with this year's theme being "Save our Species". From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, alarming facts are being reported daily on the decline of the world’s species. Ireland is not immune, with for example 37 of our [...]
UCC Hosts UI Green Metric International Workshop UCC played host to the 2019 Annual International Workshop on UI GreenMetrics which addressed the theme of “Sustainable University in a Changing World: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities.” UCC was privileged to welcome over 100 international delegates from 30 different countries across the globe to this important event. Delegates attended [...]
UCC's first Annual Sustainability Report, dealing progress against the Sustainability Strategy for Academic Year 2017/18 can be accessed by clicking on the image below.
We are delighted to release our first UCC Green Talk Podcast! Launching this Autumn, we aim to release podcasts covering a variety of sustainability issues, both in UCC and further afield. As tests carried out in Cork City found concentrations levels of PM2.5 (as high as London on the same day) we decided to do a [...]
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 [...]