UCC Sustainability Strategy

On Friday 17th June 2016, President Michael Murphy launched the UCC Sustainability Strategy.  UCC is regarded as Ireland’s ‘Green University’ and in combination with the University’s Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022, the implementation of this Sustainability Strategy will further enhance this reputation and performance.  The strategy focuses on nine key areas, with specific objectives and KPIs under each theme.  These categories mirror those of the Green Campus Programme. We aim to streamline sustainability management in the university through both of these processes and approaches.

To download the Strategy please click on the following link – Sustainability Strategy June 2016 (2,512kB)

The Green Campus Programme and Green Forum (see below) contribute to delivery of this strategy.

UCC Green Forum

The Green Campus Forum draws its members from across the college community and includes staff and student representatives, and key personnel with responsibilities in relation to the sustainability strategy.

Chaired by Prof. John O’Halloran (Deputy President and Registrar) and Mark Poland (Director of Buildings and Estates), the forum meets regularly to drive forward the Green Campus project and sustainability within UCC.

If you wish to be a representative for a particular group/area please contact us:

Autumn 2017 marks ten years since UCC students began an initiative that would lead to the development of the Green Campus Programme, not just on our campus but across the world.   In the ten years that have followed, UCC is proud to have been the first university in the world to be awarded a Green Flag.  We were also the first to successfully renew our Green Flag twice, and to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation for energy management.  We continue to maintain our strong standing in global metrics of Green Universities and actively contribute to the sustainable campus agenda on an international level.

We are continually making efforts to improve our impact on the environment and build on the excellent “grassroots” initiatives that are being undertaken in departments and buildings across the campus.  You can read more about these initiatives in the pages of this website.  The mission of our Green Campus is that all our activities are ‘student led, research informed and practice focused’.  This mission continues our long tradition of independent thinking and citizenship, and was further reinforced with the publication of UCC’s Sustainability Strategy in July 2016.  In May 2017, a Sustainability Officer was appointed to lead on the delivery of this strategy.

As chairs of the Green Forum, we welcome the involvement of the entire campus community in our sustainability initiatives and recognise the immense contributions that both staff and students have made over the last ten years to make our campus more sustainable.  We hope to continue these efforts over the coming years, and to further UCC’s role in contributing to a more sustainable society.

John O’Halloran and Mark Poland (Green Forum Co-Chairs)

Name Department
Paul Bolger ERI
William Brady School of Sociology
Terry Brennan Student Centre
Edmond Byrne School of Engineering
Dr. Michael Byrne Student Health
Coleman Casey College of Medicine
Debbie Chapman BEES
Barrie Curley Buildings & Estates
Alan Dobson ERI
Niall Dunphy CPPU
Dara Fitzpatrick Chemistry
Pauline Gilheany Student Accommodation
Siobhán Hackett Buildings & Estates
Caroline Jensen Kylemore
Valerie King Library
Maria Kirrane Buildings & Estates
Stephan Koch Buildings & Estates
Eoin Lettice BEES
Niall McAuliffe Buildings & Estates
Niamh McGettrick Cronin Buildings & Estates
Owen McIntyre Law
Kate McSweeney School of Nursing
Pat Mehigan Buildings and Estates
Karsten Menzel Civil Engineering
Ger Mullally CPPU
Donna O’ Driscoll Marketing
Aidan O’ Dwyer Buildings & Estates
Brian O’ Flaherty AFIS
Brian O’ Gallachoir Civil & Environmental Eng
John O’ Halloran (Chair) VP Teaching & Learning
Brendan O’ Sullivan Sustainable Development
Dominic O’ Sullivan Civil & Environmental Eng
Seamus O’ Tuama Adult Continuing Education
Mark Poland (Chair) Buildings & Estates
Paul Prendergast Buildings & Estates
JP Quinn Visitor’s Centre
Judy Rea IMERC
Patsy Ryan Mardyke Arena
Colin Sage Geography
Fiona Thompson Procurement