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50 shades of green for UCC

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:49pm

UCC has been named among the top ten greenest universities in the world.

According to the UI GreenMetric World University 2018 ranking, which measured more than 700 institutions across 81 countries, UCC is ninth best in the world for sustainability and was the only university in Ireland to make the top ten.

The university joined the likes of Princeton, Cornell and UC Berkeley in achieving the accolade for its excellence in sustainability with the UCC Green Campus Programme and Green Forum demonstrating the university’s efforts in implementing the its ambitious sustainability strategy.

This week UCC published its first Annual Sustainability Report which celebrates a decade since students first embarked on the Green Campus programme and the university hitting its public sector energy efficiency target, slashing consumption by 33 per cent three years ahead of schedule.

UCC was also recently named the first third level institution outside the US and Canada to win the gold Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Professor John O’Halloran, Deputy President and Registrar, UCC, said: “These successes reflect the collaborative approach to sustainability across the university with a strong commitment from the university's management team.”

UCC was the world’s first university to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education and is also home to Ireland’s first plastic-free café which has prevented more than 20,000 disposable items going to waste since it opened in September this year.

Other environmental initiatives include the Green Library campaign and a pollinator strategy with several beehives on campus.

Mark Poland, UCC’s Director of Buildings and Estates and Green Forum co-chair said: “UCC is committed to continually improving its environmental performance and engaging its entire community of students and staff in these efforts.”

UCC will welcome the international UI Green Metric conference to the university in April 2019 where senior administrators from the globally leading institutions will meet to discuss the sustainability agenda in higher education and beyond.

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