About Maria Kirrane

Dr Maria Kirrane is the Sustainability Officer for UCC, coordinating delivery of the university’s Sustainability Strategy which covers the operational, teaching, learning, research and outreach functions of the institution. Maria holds a PhD from UCC and undertook postdoctoral research at the university of Limerick on the role of education in transitioning to a more sustainable society.

UCC Green Campus Autumn 2020 Newsletter


You can download our latest newsletter by clicking on the following link NewsletterAutumn2020 To sign up to receive our newsletter into your mailbox, email: greencampus@ucc.ie

UCC Green Campus Autumn 2020 Newsletter2020-09-04T13:08:46+01:00

Developing a Connected Curriculum: Integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within UCC’s Curriculum


Developing a Connected Curriculum: Integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within UCC’s Curriculum UCC recently launched a new project (funded by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning) to strengthen our institutional commitments towards sustainability by developing a suite of digital resources to assist teaching staff with the integration of United Nations Sustainable Development [...]

Developing a Connected Curriculum: Integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within UCC’s Curriculum2020-07-02T11:59:37+01:00

Green Space and Exam Anxiety


As World Environment Day approaches, UNEP reminds us that "The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature."  But what about our mental wellbeing? We have learned a lot during lockdown; one of the most striking aspects has been the way that [...]

Green Space and Exam Anxiety2020-06-03T11:54:59+01:00

Climate Action at UCC


By Lauren Quinlivan, Research Support Officer, Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, UCC Earth Day 2020 (April 22nd) will be remembered by many for a variety of reasons, not least because, while we all continue to be divided by distance during this difficult time, we remain very much united in the global fight against climate change. As [...]

Climate Action at UCC2020-04-22T10:14:21+01:00

UCC Green Campus Spring 2020 Newsletter


Our Spring semester, though cut short, was packed full of wonderful events and achievements.  Read more here: https://greencampus.ucc.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Newsletter-Spring-2020.pdf  

UCC Green Campus Spring 2020 Newsletter2020-04-08T12:49:41+01:00

Happy birthday to us!


On Wednesday 19th February, UCC will celebrate 10 years of becoming the first University in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education.  UCC ran the pilot Green Campus programme, with support from An Taisce, after a group of students, who had come from Green Flag schools, came up [...]

Happy birthday to us!2020-03-18T09:51:11+00:00

Autumn 2019 Newsletter


To read about some of our recent activities as part of UCC Green Campus, click on the link below.  If you have any stories and/or suggestions, then get in touch at greencampus@ucc.ie.

Autumn 2019 Newsletter2020-03-18T09:54:54+00:00

The Climate Emergency – What are we Doing?


The Climate Emergency - What are we Doing? UCC are members of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and signatories of the SDG Accord.  The EAUC were one of the first alliances to take the step of declaring a Climate Emergency and this week published a framework with actions for member institutions to [...]

The Climate Emergency – What are we Doing?2019-08-09T16:09:15+01:00

The Conundrum of Academic Travel


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, [...]

The Conundrum of Academic Travel2019-12-13T13:23:53+00:00