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Creativity and the Climate

On 19 February 2020 University College Cork will mark its 10th anniversary as a Green Flag Campus. 

In 2007, University College Cork students instigated a pilot Green Campus programme, with the help of An Taisce, which would see the university become the first in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education. 

UCC renewed its Green Flag in 2013 and 2016, and in July 2016 published its Sustainability Strategy. In 2018, UCC became the first university in Europe to be awarded a Gold Star from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

In its Strategic Plan, the Glucksman has identified Climate Action and Sustainability as a priority strand for the museum’s education and community programme. For the past number of years the museum has partnered with UCC Green Campus and worked with communities and schools from across the region on creative projects that explore topics such as biodiversity, urban sprawl, climate change and individual responsibility. This exhibition showcases artworks by children who have participated in projects such as A Greener, Brighter Future (2016), Blueprints (2017),  People and the Planet (2018), and Future Forms (2019).

A new digital toolkit exploring environmental issues through the work of Irish artist Fiona Kelly is available to download now from the Glucksman’s website. The toolkit provides a resource for Primary, Post-Primary and Third Level educators to find creative ways to empower their students to explore the environment.