University College Cork is one of Ireland’s leading research intensive Universities and has an active research community working on multiple aspects of sustainability. 15% of all researchers in UCC are engaged in research that is directly related to the SDGs. UCC’s sustainability researchers can be found throughout the University’s four colleges working in the constituent schools, associated research centres and through multidisciplinary institutes and SFI centres such as the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st century (ISS21), Tyndall National Institute, MaREI Institute, APC Microbiome Institute and more. In excess of 20m euro is secured annually for environmental and sustainability research.
UCC is committed to utilising our world class research in a way that will demonstrate best practice solutions to sustainable development challenges. In January 2019, this was formalised through the development of UCC’s Green Campus Living Laboratory Seed Fund (see below).