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

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+00:00

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

A Fourth Green Flag for UCC


By Lina Skarabis (UCC Green Campus Secretary 18/19, UCCSU Environmental Officer 19/20) In 2010, UCC was proud to have been the first University in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from An Taisce on behalf The Foundation for Environmental Education.  The Green Campus Programme focuses on environmental education and sustainable development on campus, [...]

A Fourth Green Flag for UCC2019-06-27T15:25:52+00:00

Earth Day 2019


Save our Species – Local Actions Global Impact On Monday April 22nd is International Earth Day 2019 with this year's theme being "Save our Species".  From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, alarming facts are being reported daily on the decline of the world’s species.  Ireland is not immune, with for example 37 of our [...]

Earth Day 20192019-04-18T15:26:03+00:00

UCC Hosts UI Green Metric International Workshop


UCC Hosts UI Green Metric International Workshop UCC played host to the 2019 Annual International Workshop on UI GreenMetrics which addressed the theme of “Sustainable University in a Changing World: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities.” UCC was privileged to welcome over 100 international delegates from 30 different countries across the globe to this important event. Delegates attended [...]

UCC Hosts UI Green Metric International Workshop2019-04-30T11:47:55+00:00

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