Green Campus Podcasts

We’ve started a podcast! We wanted to give you an insight into our Green Campus and those working tirelessly to make UCC, and the planet, a better place. We have interviewed a broad range of people and will be releasing a new episode every 3 weeks for your listening pleasure.

Episode 1

You can listen to our 1st episode of ‘The Green Campus Podcast’ with UCC President John O’Halloran on Spotify and Apple Podcasts at the below links. 

John talks about his early career in Zoology from being a student to working on the effects of acid rain on river birds and his time in BEE’s. He talks about the history of the green campus, about the green campus motto Student Led, Research Informed and Practice Focused and what that means especially in relation to student values.

He goes through his proudest achievements and what he wants to achieve in his presidency in relation to biodiversity. He finishes by talking about the connected curriculum, how education and research is vital in delivering climate action in Ireland and globally and about the challenges facing the university in the coming years.

Spotify: Link Spotify Podcast

Apple Podcasts: Link Apple Podcast

Episode 2

You can listen to our 2nd episode of ‘The Green Campus Podcast’ with UCC Director of Buildings & Estates Mark Poland on Spotify and Apple Podcasts at the below links.

Mark talks about his role in the overall management of the physical infrastructure of the university through strategic planning, capital projects and maintenance.  He talks about the setting up of the green forum and how it brings members from a vast array of disciplines together and our achievements to date in relation to green metrics.

He moves on to how we are going to meet our energy targets, the move towards renewables and the technology that will be incorporated to get us away from fossil fuels. He finishes by going through space utilization, the national development plan and how we can make our existing stock of buildings more energy efficient. 

Spotify: Link here

Apple Podcasts: Link here

Episode 3

You can listen to our 3rd episode of ‘The Green Campus Podcast’ with UCC Head Gardener Jack Murphy on Spotify and Apple Podcasts at the below links.

Jack talks about his early career and how he developed a love of horticulture. He talks about the various habitats in UCC, from our tree collection that recently received arboretum status, to our gardens and flower collection. He moves on to the sustainable practices used in the grounds section and how we have eradicated the use of pesticides and herbicides.

He talks about the different types of wildflowers and pollinators on campus and how we are moving to electric tools and mowers on campus. He finishes by going through the makeup of our tree collection, how composting is reused on campus and tips for the beginner gardener.

Spotify: Link here

Apple Podcasts: Link here 

Episode 4

The 4th installment of the UCC Green Campus podcast is now available where we talk to UCC student Timothy McGrath. 

It is available to listen to on Spotify and Apple Podcasts at the below links.

Timothy talks about how he first got interested in sustainability and the environment. He talks about his role in Enactas, using the power of entrepreneurial action. He moves on to talk about how precious plastics globally and in UCC are helping to reduce plastic waste, through recycling, biodegradable materials and zero waste lifestyles. He talks about how there is now a UCC precious plastics workshop to start making products from rulers to coasters.

Following on from this Timothy talks about setting up ReFRAME where they will be reusing plastic to make skateboards, longboards and moving up to bicycles. He finishes by talking about making UCC a recycling hub and how education and community involvement is key to dealing with the problem of plastic waste.

Spotify: Link here

Apple Podcasts: Link here

 
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