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Green Campus Podcast

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Green Campus Podcast

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 14 with Author and Head of the UCC Visitors Centre JP Quinn

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 14 with Author and Head of the UCC Visitors Centre JP Quinn

    The 14th instalment of the UCC Green Campus podcast is now available where we talk to author and Head of the UCC Visitors Centre, JP Quinn. 

    JP begins by telling us about his own UCC journey, from starting as an undergraduate student to his role as Head of the Visitors Centre. JP tells us about his book ‘A Bee At UCC’, a children's book illustrated by Charlie Ruxton, which started as a Covid lockdown project and is now available in every library in Ireland. He talks about the importance of storytelling and how he tailored his books to engage with young readers and communicate the importance of bees and biodiversity. He also gives us a sneak peek into his second and upcoming book ‘A Tree At UCC’. 

    Following on from this, JP discusses the importance of having open conversations with children about environmental issues, and the role that inclusion and communication plays in sustainability. He tells us about the different sustainable products and gifts available at the Visitors Centre including our very own UCC Honey (produced by UCC bees) and upcycled clocks. JP wraps up the episode by talking about the student-led sustainability initiatives in UCC and how our university is leading the way in this area. 

    • 36 min
    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 13 with UCC Lecturers Dr Angela Flynn & Dr Catherine Forde

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 13 with UCC Lecturers Dr Angela Flynn & Dr Catherine Forde

    The 13th instalment of the UCC Green Campus podcast is now available where we talk to UCC lecturers Dr Angela Flynn (School of Nursing & Midwifery) and Dr Catherine Forde (School of Applied Social Studies).

    The podcast begins with a discussion around the connection between sustainability and healthcare and how a person's environment (home, transport options, socioeconomic status) influences their health and well-being. Catherine talks about her work with colleagues which aims to bring environmental perspectives into their disciplinary practices, referencing a module on social work and the environment that is delivered as part of the Masters of Social Work for the past two years, developed by Mary Hurley and Dr Fiachra Ó Suilleabháin.

    Following this, Angela discusses the issue of single use waste production in healthcare, particularly in recent years due to the Covid pandemic. Catherine moves on to talk about the response of students when integrating sustainability into her modules and programmes, and the importance of learning from students involved with environmental campaigns and groups. Next, the role of social workers as activists and agitators is explored alongside the rise in engagement with environmental education. Finally, Catherine and Angela finish the podcast by discussing how they’re working to equip educators with the necessary tools to integrate environmental education into their teachings.

    • 36 min
    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 12 with Beekeeper Gretta McCarthy

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 12 with Beekeeper Gretta McCarthy

    The 12th instalment of the UCC Green Campus podcast is now available where we talk to beekeeper and assistant to the Academic Secretary & Assistant Registrar, Gretta McCarthy. 

    Gretta begins the episode by telling us about what first inspired her get involved with beekeeping and how beekeeper Pat Keane influenced her journey. She goes on to speak about the importance of bees as pollinators, their essential role in our food production and ecosystems, giving a harrowing example of how in parts of China, people have to hand-pollinate trees due to severe declines in pollinator populations. 

    Next Gretta discusses what the everyday person can do to support pollinators such as rewilding and planting native species. She gives tips on how you could start beekeeping and the most common challenges people face when setting up hives. She finishes the episode by talking about the role that flora and fauna play in beekeeping and honey-production. 

    • 18 min
    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 11 with Dr. John Barimo

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 11 with Dr. John Barimo

    John talks about his early background living in Miami and the how the environmental degradation in the area started his interest in ecology. He outlines the history of the UN SDG goals and how these goals are a strategic plan towards sustainability. He talks about how research funding is looking for relationships between universities, communities and business partnerships.

    He goes through UCC’s connected curriculum and how the SDG toolkit he designed is directly supporting the connected curriculum in the sustainability element. He outlines how the toolkit works and how it enables educators to incorporate the SDGs into their teaching. He finishes by talking about the different challenges educators face in respect of funding and his hopes for the toolkit in the future.

    • 31 min
    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 10 with UCC Commuter Plan Manager Stephan Koch

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 10 with UCC Commuter Plan Manager Stephan Koch

    Stephan talks about his role as UCC’s Commuter Plan Manager and his background as a transport planning engineer. He moves on to talk about being part of the transport mobility forum where he liaises with various transport authorities to promote sustainable transport. He talks about our existing commuter plan that runs to 2023 and the statistics on the travel habits of our students and staff.

    He moves on to our carbon footprint in relation to staff and student travel and how Covid impacted this and the opportunities that arose from the pandemic. He explains the various schemes in UCC from car-pooling to park and ride, electric bikes, and the bike to work scheme. He talks about the benefits of cycling and the need for education and infrastructure to support cycling. He finishes by talking about facilities available to cyclists on campus and the various cycle routes available around Cork City. 

    • 50 min
    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 9 with facilitator, coach, and celebrant Melanie O’Driscoll

    UCC Green Campus Podcast Episode 9 with facilitator, coach, and celebrant Melanie O’Driscoll

    The 9th installment of the UCC Green Campus podcast is now available where we talk to facilitator, coach, and celebrant Melanie O’Driscoll.

    Melanie begins by telling us about her journey from studying zoology to acting as a facilitator with The Green Step, and training as an interfaith minister. She moves on to talk about what eco-grief and climate anxiety means and how it can impact a person's well-being and tells us the importance of strong community links when tackling climate issues.

    She goes through what her ‘Self Care is Climate Care’ workshops entail, which are run monthly through UCC Green Campus. She talks about how she works to create shared experiences in this space to help people express their emotions and increase their climate resilience.

    • 37 min

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