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World sustainability experts gather at UCC
Experts from more than 30 countries gathered at University College Cork this week to discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating sustainable universities.
UCC hosted the International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, now in its fifth edition, from April 14 to 16. Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Dr Michael John O'Mahony, director of An Taisce's environmental education unit, delivered the keynote speeches.
The UN sustainable development goals have featured throughout today’s discussion with participants in the UI Green Metric hosted by @GreenCampusUCC - from Thailand , Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Ireland. @UoNSustain pic.twitter.com/HuuGko0pKK— Andy Nolan (@aardvarknsefce) April 14, 2019
The only university in Ireland to make the top 10 in the UI GreenMetric World University 2018 ranking of the ‘greenest’ universities in the world, UCC also holds a gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Getting ready to welcome delegates to #IWGM2019 here in @UCC this weekend. We've planted a tree for each delegate, ensured the conference bags are #sustainable and we can't wait to show off our campus! #GreenEvents #GreenCampus #CarbonNeutral #Cork pic.twitter.com/59VeoWVqCp— UCC Green Campus (@GreenCampusUCC) April 12, 2019
'University College Cork has become the first institution outside of North America to achieve a gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.' Read more: https://t.co/XcqISd7Giw— Origin Green (@OriginGreen) October 2, 2018
UCC named one of the world’s 'most sustainable' universities https://t.co/Dgs9jbgGz5— UCC Ireland (@UCC) December 20, 2018
The conference sessions featured presentations from many of the world’s top-ranked universities for sustainability, including Wageningen University, the University of Groningen, and the University of Nottingham.
Wageningen University @WUR has again been ranked as the most sustainable university in the world by the UI Green Metric World University Ranking! It proves our committment to sustainability in education, research and operations! https://t.co/w0Bbj7thry pic.twitter.com/rnQxqtolPp— Arthur P.J. Mol (@ArthurPJMol) December 21, 2018
“We are excited to welcome this conference to UCC in April and look forward to working with colleagues globally to explore how higher education can contribute to delivering the sustainable development goals,” said Maria Kirrane, UCC’s Sustainability Officer.
The approaches to sustainability is outstanding - we have heard from Brazil, Russia, Colombia, Italy, France. #cork @greencampusucc (@ Council Chambers) https://t.co/r0EsAFl0gg pic.twitter.com/0PYU7qrokL— Andy Nolan (@aardvarknsefce) April 14, 2019
The event featured a meeting of the international Green Metric Steering Committee, comprised of national coordinators from the 30 member countries. The committee works to ensure that the ranking remains robust and that the network has a positive impact on higher education and sustainability.
Campus tours gave delegates the chance to see some of the University’s sustainability initiatives in action, including the new single-use plastic-free café and the green wall in the Boole Library, many of which are a direct outcome of the UCC Green Campus Committee, a student-led group driving sustainability across the university.
Today at @UCC I visited Bio Green Café, Ireland's first plastic free cafe, part of @GreenCampusUCC No single use plastic utensils or plastic packaging. Hopefully other cafés will follow this great example @RichardbrutonTD @FineGael @jerrybuttimer pic.twitter.com/aulkFAmj6F— Mary Mitchell O'Connor (@mitchelloconnor) January 28, 2019
Café with appetite for change at UCC— UCC Ireland (@UCC) November 13, 2018
Ellie O’Byrne has lunch at UCC’s Bio Green Café, where there are no single-use plastic utensils or plastic packaging. https://t.co/9OxxMwvpwx
Professor John O’ Halloran, UCC’s Deputy President and Registrar, said the University’s “student-led, research-informed, and practice-focused approach is driving change across the whole university; this is exemplified in the University’s recently launched Academic Strategy which highlights sustainability as a core value.”
The event will conclude with a showcase of community and university sustainability initiatives and research programmes, with the opportunity for local researchers and sustainability professionals from across the globe to network.
The University of Indonesia, which developed and operates the UI Green Metric ranking process, is the co-organiser of the event.
“Great strides have been made in energy efficiency across campus over the last decade, with the University achieving its 2020 target two years ahead of schedule,” said Mark Poland, Director of Buildings and Estates, UCC.
The UI Green Metrics Gala Dinner is opened by @johbees and I am absolutely delighted to be here amongst many universities from all over the world who are leaders in Sustainability. pic.twitter.com/id8BvK9xPt— Kelly Coyle (@UCCSUDeputy) April 14, 2019