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.

Annual Sustainability Report


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.

Annual Sustainability Report2018-12-14T16:32:03+00:00

UCC Green Campus Podcast Series


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 [...]

UCC Green Campus Podcast Series2018-11-14T10:11:04+00:00

UCC is first in Europe to achieve gold STAR rating from AASHE


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. [...]

UCC is first in Europe to achieve gold STAR rating from AASHE2018-10-24T11:30:40+00:00

Green Campus Newsletter – Summer 2018


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.

Green Campus Newsletter – Summer 20182018-08-09T12:24:06+00:00

Blog Post: EU Agree Total Ban on Bee Harming Pesticides as UCC welcome 7 new hives to Campus


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 [...]

Blog Post: EU Agree Total Ban on Bee Harming Pesticides as UCC welcome 7 new hives to Campus2018-08-03T16:57:53+00:00

Green Campus Newsletter – April 2018


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. [...]

Green Campus Newsletter – April 20182018-04-11T09:06:28+00:00

Meatless Monday – what’s it all about?


“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. [...]

Meatless Monday – what’s it all about?2018-03-06T09:47:39+00:00

UCC ranks in world’s top ten “green” universities


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, [...]

UCC ranks in world’s top ten “green” universities2017-12-21T13:40:13+00:00

Green Campus Newsletter – Christmas 2017


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.  

Green Campus Newsletter – Christmas 20172017-12-15T14:49:11+00:00

Green Campus Newsletter – Autumn 2017


The last number of months have been busy for UCC Green Campus.  Highlights have included the launch of our "Ditch the Disposables" campaign, as well as welcoming a new group of UCC Green Campus interns to the programme.  We are also celebrating ten years since UCC began the journey to becoming a Green Campus, [...]

Green Campus Newsletter – Autumn 20172017-11-01T16:40:30+00:00