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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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Maria Kirrane
Sustainability Officer
Office of the Director of Buildings and Estates
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

The Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (UK and Ireland).
Member of the steering committee for the UI Green Metric world university rankings.
Member of the International Sustainable Campus Network.


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Green Campus Ireland


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Annual Conference (Keele, June 2018). UCC Sustainability Officer presented on the development of the university wide module in sustainability at UCC.
Green Campus Ireland Network Meeting, Dublin Feb 1st 2018. UCC Sustainability Officer presented on progress of sustainability initiatives at UCC. This was attended by representatives from most HE campuses in Ireland, government departments and CSOs.
An Taisce Changemakers Summit, Dublin Oct 19th 2017. Two students members of UCC Green Campus Committee presented to student members of committees throughout Ireland.
Many researchers listed in the research inventory have presented at international conferences over the last year.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

A case study on the Love our Library campaign was submitted to the Cork Environmental Forum awards in December 2017 and was successful in winning the award for best public sector initiative. This award was open to all public sector organisations in the Cork region including all of the institutes of higher education.
The Chair of UCC's Green Forum, Professor John O'Halloran was nominated for a leadership award at the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges "Green Awards" in November 2017. The Green Campus Team at UCC submitted a video case study on the work that John has done to embed sustainability across UCC.


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

UCC is the National Operator in Ireland for the UI Green Metric World University Rankings and as such sits on the steering committee for the ranking. Dr Maria Kirrane attended the steering committee meeting in April 2018.
Dr Aine Ryall is the vice-Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance committee, which monitors how nations ensure that citizens have access to environmental information.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UCC has a strong relationship with Cork University Hospital, regularly engaging with the sustainability team there to support them in their Green Flag programme. As the first Green Flag campus and Green Flag hospital, there is a close relationship and engagement to advance sustainability on both campuses. UCC Sustainability Officer sits on the Green Campus committee of CUH.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

In July 2017, UCC Green Forum co-chair John O'Halloran and Sustainability Officer Maria Kirrane delivered a presentation over Skype to the Amazonas campus UNAL (the National University of Colombia) around the sustainability initiatives in UCC and how these could be replicated and/or learned from in Colombia.
UCC have collaborated with Dingle Hub and Ludgate hub in Skibbereen to run the University Wide Module in Sustainability (Jan-Apr18) from these rural locations.


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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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.