UCC moves to third place in global environmental ranking

University College Cork is one of the three most environmentally friendly universities in the world, according to a survey of more than 200 third-level institutions.

Emerging among the elite of 215 competitors from 49 countries, UCC has been recognised by the Greenmetric World University Ranking system for its exceptional work on environment-friendly university management.

Now in its third year, the competition has seen a marked increase in entries to the ranking system. UCC is now third in the world, rising one place from its 2011 rank. It is the only Irish education institution to feature in the top 50.

UCC scored highly across all ranking categories, which included water usage, waste management, transportation, education, green statistics, energy, and climate change. The overall winner was the University of Connecticut in the US, with the University of Nottingham in the UK coming second.

Describing the ranking as a great start to 2013, the president of UCC, Dr Michael Murphy, said: “On behalf of University College Cork, I am delighted that our green credentials have again been recognised and that we are now ranked as one of the top three institutions worldwide. The result is a wonderful acknowledgement of the approach taken by UCC in the area of campus sustainability.”

UCC has been recognised for its work in the area of campus sustainability over the last number of years. It became the world’s first green flag campus for third-level institutions in 2010, awarded by An Taisce and the Foundation for Environmental Education. It also recently joined forces with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, under its public sector energy partnership programme. This will see UCC advance efforts on sustainable energy savings towards the national energy efficiency target of 33% for 2020.

UCC is also accredited as the world’s first third-level institution to be awarded the IS0 50001 standard in energy management. ISO 50001 enables organisations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, and consumption.

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