Research Informed Green Campus


Research is at the heart of UCC’s core activities and mission.  Research and Green Campus are inextricably linked, and a key aim of delivering the Sustainability Strategy is that UCC would become a “Living Laboratory”, where students, academics and practitioners would work together, using the campus itself as a testbed for solutions to today’s major societal challenges.

The diagram below (from “Climate Action and Sustainability – How University College Cork can contribute to this globally important agenda, leveraging Research through Translation, Teaching and Engagement”) illustrates the ecosystem of research and action on sustainability in UCC.



UCC Green Campus also contribute to the wider sustainability agenda in higher education, by publishing research papers on the subject.  In 2015, student Green Campus representatives and members of the Green Forum came together to publish the paper “A Journey in Sustainable Development on an Urban Campus“, which featured in the book, “Integrative Approaches to Sustainability in Higher Education” (Eds. Walter Leal Filho, Luciana Brandli, Olga Kuznetsova, Arminda Maria Finisterra do Paço).  The paper was presented at the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development in Higher Education in Manchester in 2014.

There are a multitude of opportunities for buildings and estates staff, researchers, students and industry/CSO’s to work together in finding solutions to today’s challenges.  If you have an idea or would like to discuss opportunities, then please contact us at