UCC Sustainability Strategy

On Friday 17th June 2016, President Michael Murphy launched the UCC Sustainability Strategy.  UCC is regarded as Ireland’s ‘Green University’ and in combination with the University’s Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022, the implementation of this Sustainability Strategy will further enhance this reputation and performance.  The strategy focuses on nine key areas, with specific objectives and KPIs under each theme.  These categories mirror those of the Green Campus Programme. We aim to streamline sustainability management in the university through both of these processes and approaches.

To download the Strategy please click on the following link – Sustainability Strategy June 2016 (2,512kB)

The Green Campus Programme and Green Forum (see below) contribute to delivery of this strategy.

UCC Green Forum

The Green Campus Forum draws its members from across the college community and includes staff and student representatives, and key personnel with responsibilities in relation to the sustainability strategy.

Chaired by Prof. John O’Halloran (Deputy President and Registrar) and Mark Poland (Director of Buildings and Estates), the forum meets regularly to drive forward the Green Campus project and sustainability within UCC.

If you wish to be a representative for a particular group/area please contact us:

Autumn 2017 marks ten years since UCC students began an initiative that would lead to the development of the Green Campus Programme, not just on our campus but across the world.   In the ten years that have followed, UCC is proud to have been the first university in the world to be awarded a Green Flag.  We were also the first to successfully renew our Green Flag twice, and to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation for energy management.  We continue to maintain our strong standing in global metrics of Green Universities and actively contribute to the sustainable campus agenda on an international level.

We are continually making efforts to improve our impact on the environment and build on the excellent “grassroots” initiatives that are being undertaken in departments and buildings across the campus.  You can read more about these initiatives in the pages of this website.  The mission of our Green Campus is that all our activities are ‘student led, research informed and practice focused’.  This mission continues our long tradition of independent thinking and citizenship, and was further reinforced with the publication of UCC’s Sustainability Strategy in July 2016.  In May 2017, a Sustainability Officer was appointed to lead on the delivery of this strategy.

As chairs of the Green Forum, we welcome the involvement of the entire campus community in our sustainability initiatives and recognise the immense contributions that both staff and students have made over the last ten years to make our campus more sustainable.  We hope to continue these efforts over the coming years, and to further UCC’s role in contributing to a more sustainable society.

John O’Halloran and Mark Poland (Green Forum Co-Chairs)

Paul BolgerERI
William BradySchool of Sociology
Terry BrennanStudent Centre
Edmond ByrneSchool of Engineering
Dr. Michael ByrneStudent Health
Coleman CaseyCollege of Medicine
Debbie ChapmanBEES
Barrie CurleyBuildings & Estates
Alan DobsonERI
Niall DunphyCPPU
Dara FitzpatrickChemistry
Pauline GilheanyStudent Accommodation
Siobhán HackettBuildings & Estates
Caroline JensenKylemore
Valerie KingLibrary
Maria KirraneBuildings & Estates
Stephan KochBuildings & Estates
Eoin LetticeBEES
Niall McAuliffeBuildings & Estates
Niamh McGettrick CroninBuildings & Estates
Owen McIntyreLaw
Kate McSweeneySchool of Nursing
Pat MehiganBuildings and Estates
Karsten MenzelCivil Engineering
Ger MullallyCPPU
Donna O’ DriscollMarketing
Aidan O’ DwyerBuildings & Estates
Brian O’ FlahertyAFIS
Brian O’ GallachoirCivil & Environmental Eng
John O’ Halloran (Chair)VP Teaching & Learning
Brendan O’ SullivanSustainable Development
Dominic O’ SullivanCivil & Environmental Eng
Seamus O’ TuamaAdult Continuing Education
Mark Poland (Chair)Buildings & Estates
Paul PrendergastBuildings & Estates
JP QuinnVisitor’s Centre
Patsy RyanMardyke Arena
Colin SageGeography
Fiona ThompsonProcurement