UCC ranks as world leaders with their green credentials

University College Cork has, for the second year in-a-row, come second in the world in the Universitas Indonesia Greenmetric World University Ranking as well as placing second in the ‘Urban’ campus setting category.

Up against 360 other universities from around the world, UCC was recognised for its efforts towards campus sustainability and an environmentally friendly university.

Dr. Michael Murphy, President of UCC has welcomed the news, commenting on UCC’s green credentials as well as the tireless efforts of many across the campus community, from students and staff, working in the area of sustainability.

UCC’s director of Buildings and Estates, Mark Poland, spearheaded many of the Universities green initiatives, and has echoed the comments made by the President.

“Student buy-in from the outset has been pivotal to the success of UCC’s Green Campus programme, inspiring the student-led, research informed and practice focused mission of UCC’s green agenda, “ said Mr. Poland.

“We’re delighted with this year’s results.”

In 2010 it became the first university campus in the world to receive Green Flag status, which was awarded to UCC by An Taisce and the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Speaking about it’s their latest victory, Professor John O’Halloran, UCC’s Vice-President for Teaching and Learning said that in an ever competitive environment it was great news for UCC as more and more universities were taking part.

“Sensitising our community to the limited resources of the globe through education and research and taking practical steps across the university in sustainability has proved successful once again in this ranking scheme.”

UCC’s commitment to environmental citizenship continues, further details of which can be found at www.ucc.ie/en/greencampus

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