Food Health and Wellbeing
Food is considered a “nexus” SDG, in that improvements in food production and provision would have significant knock on effect to all other SDGs. In addition a considerable number of sustainable food initiatives have been developed and promoted from within UCC, which positively impact both the University population and the wider community e.g. the Cork Food Policy Council, and the developments towards sustainable food provision on campus by the current main on-site catering contractor, KSG
The health and wellbeing of our staff and students are fundamental to achieving UCC’s mission. The University has been awarded formal recognition by the HSE South for its efforts in Health Promotion and Improvement, under the umbrella of the UCC Health Matters initiative. UCC is guided by the Okanagan Charter (the International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges) in this regard.
UCC Farm to Fork
In 2016, UCC became the first University in Ireland to have fresh vegetables harvested from its own land and served in six of its restaurants. 80 to 100 tonnes of root vegetables are harvested throughout the winter months. The plot is managed by the family-owned “Waterfall Farms” who deliver the fresh produce to our catering company KSG. The vegetables also go into our soups which are served in 13 outlets across campus. UCC’s catering company, KSG, has been awarded the highest accolade from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, a three star “Food Made Good” award.
UCC Green Campus, UCC Health Matters, and KSG are running a series of “Meatless Mondays” in the main campus restaurant during term time. Cutting down on our meat consumption is good for both our health and the health of the environment. To find out more about the environmental benefits of Meatless Mondays, read our blog post here. We encourage our staff and students to eat a healthy and varied diet, which can include plant-based meals.
UCC Health Matters
In 2012, UCC was officially recognised as a Health Promoting University. The main aims of the Health Promoting University (HPU) Initiative are:
- To integrate within the university’s culture and structures a committment to health and to developing its health promotion potential.
- To promote the health and wellbeing of staff, students and the wider community.
UCC Green Campus work with the Health Matters Team to promote the many co-benefits of being more environmentally friendly. For example, choosing more active travel options in the daily commute can also reduce your carbon footprint.
For more information visit the UCC Health Matters website: