Climate Action and Sustainability

UCC was the first university in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education. 

The Glucksman is delighted to partner with UCC Green Campus to devise and present creative projects for schools and community groups that explore environmental issues through collaborative art making.

Green Campus10 Years

Creativity and the Climate

13 - 23 February 2020, From Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 2pm - 5pm Monday closed , Admission Free,

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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. 

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People and the Planet

21 - 25 November 2018, 10am - 5pm, Admission Free

People and the Planet facilitated schools, community groups and children living in Direct Provision to work with artists to develop inventive installations from recyclables and natural materials.

Creative sessions took place in the Glucksman as well as outdoors in the University lower grounds so that children could learn about their local habitat. Participating groups explored biodiversity and sustainability, working together to present imaginative artworks for a public exhibition that takes place in Gallery 1 from 21 - 25 November 2018.