Greenshoots Green Campus Programme at UCC
Greenshoots Programme - What is it all about?
The Greenshoots programme focuses on student engagement with green spaces on campus, in addition to climate action and sustainability, for the benefit of students' wellbeing and the environment of which they are a part. UCC's Greenshoots Green Campus Coordinator Irene Ní Shúilleabháin appointed to the role in January 2023, will collaborate with students to encourage greater awareness of the benefits of green spaces amongst the student community. It is hoped that the Greenshoots programme will lead to an increase in the number of students using campus green spaces to improve their wellbeing, in addition to adopting and championing pro-environmental behaviours (highlighting issues such as sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation and holistic solutions to environmental problems.
Greenshoots Changemakers training
Greenshoots Changemakers training took place on the 13th of Feb.
Greenshoots Changemakers is a student-led programme which empowers participants to take tangible actions in their communities to foster a culture of nature connection, and combat environmental crises, through an intersectional lens. Those registered for the Greenshoots Changemakers programme will be supported by the Greenshoots team to realise their ambitions for a better world and gain an Employagility Award in the process.
During the training session, participants had the opportunity to learn from Greenshoots Interns about connecting with nature and growing food on campus, intersectional environmentalism, and how effective communication can be a driver for change; all while building their confidence and enjoying free pizza! Many thanks to UCC SU for their collaboration and support.
By participating in the training, attendees gained perspectives on the unique skill sets and knowledge of each of the interns, creating a support link for students to take tangible action relating to climate, nature connection, and biodiversity on campus, whether big or small.