Each of us, individually, play an integral part in the wider environment and accordingly should act as good citizens of Earth. This University commits to support and promote such sustainability citizenship amongst its student and staff population. UCC is proud to have been the first University in the world to receive the An Taisce Green Campus award, and the University sees the Green Campus programme as a significant component of its sustainability efforts. The University strives to promote sustainability citizenship through its Green Campus programme in a manner that is student-led, research informed and practice focused.
Furthering the promotion of sustainability citizenship beyond the Green Campus programme and through all aspects of University life is key to the full implementation of the sustainability strategy.
On 2nd November 2021 we held our 1st Community Market, a joint initiative between Envirosoc and The Green Campus. After the lengthy break from a tangible sense of community that Covid brought, it was wonderful to bring that neighbourliness back on campus, giving local small businesses and socio-environmental initiatives the chance to interact with the UCC community.
The ethos of the market is centred around promoting circularity, involving students, staff and the general public and creating a real sense of community on campus. We had a wide range of stallholders ranging from sustainable consumption focused stalls to activist stalls such as Extinction Rebellion Cork. Communicating the benefits of circularity is so important to us at UCC Green Campus so our aim is to demonstrate that products can reused repaired and remanufactured while at the same time making this concept accessible to the UCC community. The Community Market aims to support Cork’s creative community allowing them to share their talents. It was great to finally see the fruits of all their labour, the creation of which had gone on behind closed doors for many months.
Our Community Markets are strictly covid conscious with the wonderful Envirosoc members volunteering as Covid Officers throughout the day creating a safe environment for all.
The Community Market aims to support Cork’s creative community allowing them to share their talents. It was great to finally see the fruits of all their labour, the creation of which had gone on behind closed doors for many months.
Below are some of the exciting stalls at the Community Markets selling art, jewellery and sustainable natural products, focusing on zero waste by using refillable containers and recyclable packaging.
- Pó Rua
- Candid Frank vintage
- Extinction rebellion
- Ruth O’Connell Art
- Yvonne Coombes Cork based Artist.
- Darragh Golden Illustrator
- Lydia Lehane Art
- Haven Horizon Charity Shop