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UCC Library Sustainability: How are we doing?

Information on UCC Library's Sustainability Campaign.

Recognition & Awards

logo for green awards 2019


UCC won first prize in the Green Public Sector Organisation of the Year category.

While the Library Sustainability team was shortlisted for the category Sustainability Team of the Year, we congratulate Dawn Meats, who claimed the top prize. 

Pakman Finalists!

UCC Library was shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 Packman Awards.

The Packman awards are the annual awards for excellence in Waste Management and Recycling, organised by the Repak Group.pakman logo

Congratulations to the winners, Cup Print, the Ennis based manufacturer of compostable cups.

It was a huge achievement to be shortlisted and even better because we were the only third-level institution on this list.   

A big Thank You to all involved.


Irish Education Awards 2018

The Green Energy/Sustainability team were delighted to receive the Best Library Team award at the Education Awards ceremony held in Dublin on 19th April 2018.

Cork Environmental Forum 2017

photo of green energy team accepting award

The UCC Library Sustainability Team won the “Best Public Sector” category in the Cork Environmental Forum Annual Awards Ceremony in December 2017. The judges commented that the campaign was “inspiring” and the award represented “an outstanding contribution to sustainability in Cork City and County through partnership and participation in the promotion of environmental care.”

UCC Green Campus

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The campaign, in no small way, contributed to UCC being named the 9th “greenest” university globally in the UI Green Metric World University Rankings in December 2017. The ethos of the Sustainable Development Goals to “think globally: act locally,” is fundamental to this campaign and has been embraced by staff and students.

Current & Future Projects

Library Sustainability Survey - 18 April 2019

On Thursday 18, April just before the Easter break, we asked our students if they were aware of the sustainability campaign and how they felt about it.

Using our interactive Jamboard, students filled in a grid in response to a number of questions. Results can be seen here.

chart with results of survey questions


Suggestions/Comments Board:

Our LOL suggestions board on the ground floor allows library users to leave comments and suggestions.

The Green Wall

green plants arranged vertically








The Green Wall in the Quad Reading Room (Fishbowl) was installed in June 2018 by local Cork company Greenveldt Ltd., who continue to maintain it. 

 Paid for from savings made so far as part of the “save saves scheme”, this vertical garden, full of growing plants, has brought nature into this indoor environment. It improves air quality by absorbing C02 and reduces noise through absorption.  It should create a more positive and healthy space for students particularly at exam time, when the room is heavily used. 


Another key achievement is the collaboration channels that have opened up between the library and other departments across the university e.g. Buildings & Estates, the Students' Union, but also between local groups such as the Cork Environmental Forum and the Conscious Cup Campaign.


Three other major UCC campus sites are now signing up to the “Saver Saves” scheme. This includes the university’s main quad, which is the base for UCC’s senior management team. Having watched the success of the Library campaign, these sites are putting together their own teams to drive action in their locale.

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