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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-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Maria Kirrane
Sustainability Officer
Office of the Director of Buildings and Estates
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
"Love Our Library"

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

The "Love our Library" campaign evolved from the activities of the Green Energy Team in UCC Library, set up through the "Saver Saves" scheme. After signing up to the fund, the Library put together a team of "Green Energy Champions" that set about monitoring energy usage and putting actions in place to reduce consumption. In the Summer of 2017, it was decided to also target waste. A complete ban on disposable coffee cups was implemented in the library and a "binless system" introduced whereby all bins were removed from every floor of the library and two "recycling stations" erected on the ground floor. The library was chosen as a focal building to reach every student as the majority of all students in UCC would walk through the main entrance of the library at some point in the year. The building has one entrance and exit and the highest footfall of any building in UCC. Bright and bold signage was erected to inform students of the new changes, as well as the outcomes of these changes later in the year. Periodic stands are held in the foyer running competitions for reusable mugs and gathering feedback from students. :
Both staff and students must now take their waste from their desks upon leaving the library, and dispose of it in at the waste stations. This means that there are no more confusing single small bins dotted around the building. When people take their waste to the stations, they are greeted with a well laid out system, with proper labelling, informing them of what goes into which bin.
Since the coffee cup ban was introduced, the Student’s Union have secured funding to give every incoming first year student a reusable cup at orientation. In addition, water fountains in the library have been upgraded in recent years and signage erected to make sure people know where they can dispose of their bottles.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

Before beginning this campaign an audit of the library showed that there were 160 individual bins, each with a plastic bag and a high level of contamination from disposable coffee cups. Recycling levels in the library have increased significantly (from negligible to 70%). In addition, through centralised waste disposal, we estimate that 10,000 plastic bin liners will be saved every year. A major positive impact has been the secured funding for provision of reusable cups to all incoming first year students. In addition, the success of the library campaign has resulted in four other departments getting on board with the Saver Saves scheme, to run similar campaigns in their buildings.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
SAVES2

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

SAVES2 is a European wide programme that encourages students to make energy savings in their residence halls/at home. In Ireland, SAVES2 is coordinated by the Union of Students in Ireland, and runs on four campuses including UCC. Students are trained as ambassadors and then run social media campaigns and events to promote more efficient use of electricity by students in their accommodation.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

This campaign began in the Autumn of 2017. It is hoped that results will be available in Autumn 2018.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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