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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Maria Kirrane
Submission Date July 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Maria Kirrane
Sustainability Officer
Office of the Director of Buildings and Estates
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The UCC green campus website is hosted on the UCC domain and linked to from the "Campus Life" section of the main UCC homepage. The website is laid out around the 9 key areas of the sustainability strategy, covering operational, research, teaching and outreach activities. Up to date data on what activities are ongoing and stats on progress to date are presented.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A "Green Campus Newsletter" is issued every quarter and emailed to all exchange users in the university, as well as promoted through social media and other outlets. The newsletter presents highlights from current campaigns, research and teaching activities and advice on greener living.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

UCC Green Campus FaceBook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1439057899518844/?ref=bookmarks

UCC Green Campus Twitter page - https://twitter.com/GreenCampusUCC?lang=en

UCC Green Campus Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/uccgreencampus/


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The Library building features bold signage that highlights the activities ongoing in the building to reduce energy usage and waste. Visitors are met with a full window sign at the entrance informing them that disposable cups are not permitted in the building. Once inside posters and signage throughout the building inform users a) of what they can do to contribute to the library's efforts and b) what has been achieved to date.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The main restaurant features large posters throughout that inform students of the "Farm to Fork" initiative - i.e. that many of the vegetables being served in the restaurant are harvested from the university farm.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The UCC Green Tour App takes visitors on a walking tour of the "green" features of UCC campus. The app is free to download on the apple and android stores. Free maps and headphones are also available in the UCC Visitor's Centre, from where the walk starts.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

A wealth of information on public transport and available incentives is available on the UCC Green Campus website.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

A map of the walk times to UCC is available on the Green Campus website, as are details of the cycling policy in UCC, with links to bike share programmes, campus bikes and cycle to work schemes.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Student Residential Life services put together a rentbook for students which includes information on living in a more environmentally sustainable manner for example waste reduction tips, waste segregation guidance and energy saving tips. The USI Student Switch Off also provides guidance for students living in university accommodation.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Each year, UCC prepares an annual report to An Taisce, for retention of the Green Flag award. Every three years this involves a full reassessment of all activities over the last three years, and an external review by a panel of experts. The most recent of these reports is available on the Green Campus website.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.