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Office of the Director of Buildings and Estates
The Green Campus committee is a student and staff committee that runs campaigns and projects around sustainability on campus. The committee has representation from the Student's Union and the UCC Environmental Society.
The Environmental Society runs numerous activities throughout the year focused on environment and sustainability.
The International Development Society works closely with the Centre for Global Development in UCC to run campaigns around global sustainability.
The UCC Community Garden is a student group that run a community garden on campus, the garden houses three polytunnels and the group run various courses and training events on growing your own food.
The Young Greens are a political society focused on environmental issues.
UCC Enactus Society run entrepreneurial projects aimed at social improvements both locally and globally. Projects have included engaging the elderly to with GIY initiatives.
Other student groups with sustainability themes include Archaeology, Engineers without Borders, Macra na Feirme, and STAR Society.
The UCC Community Garden has been in existence for ten years. The garden is just next the the main UCC Campus site and holds three polytunnels, where students and staff can congregate to grow their own food. The gardens host parties and training activities throughout the year that are open to all students.
The student groups listed above undertake numerous events each year, including speaker series and symposia. In the last year these have included:
- UCC Climate Conference - hosted by the Environmental Society with support from the Environmental Research Institute. The conference featured keynotes and panel discussions from academics and practitioners and was aimed at students https://greennews.ie/climate-conference-cork-experts-climate-issues/
- Economy for the common good workshop organised by UCC Environmental Society - https://www.facebook.com/events/361647634335384/
- Water Talks - an interdisciplinary lecture series co-sponsored by UCC Centre for Global Development and UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre - https://www.ucc.ie/en/gemscdc/wwd/watertalks/
UCC Climate Lab - features guest lectures throughout the year, some of which areaimed at research staff, others at the general public and others at students https://www.ucc.ie/en/climatelab/news/
The Glucksman Gallery in UCC hosts numerous exhibitions themed around environmental and sustainability, which are open to all members of the campus community, including students. One example is the "Making Waves" exhibition, featured in October 2017 - https://www.facebook.com/events/130737057508018/
In April 2018, UCC library "green team" created a installation of a wave that was made by collecting all of the plastic bottles from the bins in the library over the course of a week. The installation was accompanied by a petition from students to declare that they are "sick of plastic" - https://twitter.com/UCCLibrary/status/988795144290922497
In Autumn 2016 UCC hosted the 8*8 festival, an event run nationally in Ireland by Stand. The event brings award-winning photography and film to campuses across Ireland every autumn, it is a festival run by students, for students - https://www.facebook.com/events/1203586546355484/
The UCC Mountaineering Club organises regular hikes for students throughout term time. The Club follows and promotes the "Mountaineering Ireland" guidelines on safety and environmental responsibility while in the mountains.
UCC's student residential services prepare a rent book for students that contains information on waste reduction and segregation and energy saving tips. The Student Switch-Off competition also teaches students how to be more environmentally friendly in their day to day lives.
Through the "UCC Works" programme, the Buildings and Estates office have taken on interns to work on Green Campus over the last number of years. The interns work a minimum of 40 hours on the programme, undertaking projects in the areas of transportation, carbon footprinting, engagement and communications. The students produce a reflective report at the end of the internship and receive a certificate as part of the overall "UCC Works" end of year ceremony.
The intervarsity BioBlitz is a national programme that was started by UCC students with the help of An Taisce and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. The BioBlitz is a 24 hour race between campuses to measure all the species of plants and animals present. Database training is provided to students by the NBDC, and experts are on hand throughout the day to help with ID skills. The event is open to all students and a key outcome is introducing these students to skills of species identification. UCC's last BioBlitz was held in 2016.
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