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University of Worcester First Class for Green Credentials

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The University of Worcester is the second greenest university in the country, according to a new league table published today.

This follows Worcester’s record-breaking achievement in being nominated for six Green Gown awards last autumn– the first time a single university has been nominated for so many of Higher Education’s environmental OSCARS.

The University of Worcester is ranked number 2 out of 151 universities in today’s People & Planet University League, the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. Worcester has been in the top 20 of the league table for the past six years - last year the University was ranked 4th.

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “The University’s students and staff have worked hard to promote energy efficiency, recycling, cut car journeys, shop locally, reduce carbon emissions and support Fair Trade.

“We combine practical initiatives, such as using solar power to heat hot water, together with a growing programme of courses in such important areas as river management.”

The People & Planet University League, an annual ranking by the national student campaign group, assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities, awarding First Class 'Honours degrees' to the greenest and Fail to those doing the least to address their environmental and social impacts. Worcester has been awarded First Class Honours for the last six years running and wins them again for 2015.

It is the latest accolade in the University’s sustainability campaign. Innovative, successful initiatives have included the University’s bike loan scheme, which has seen a huge increase in staff and students choosing to cycle to the University; the installation of solar electricity generating panels on the University of Worcester Arena and other buildings; and even the use of two re-cycled electric milk floats to transport goods around the University’s campuses.

The University of Worcester has also embedded environmental sustainability into a third of all its courses. Students, in areas as diverse as business and biology, have the choice of studying environmental science and sustainability as part of their degree.

The University’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, Katy Boom, said: “The University of Worcester’s students are the future leaders and decision makers and we know that many businesses are looking for employees with sustainability skills. We are very proud of the range of opportunities we make available for our students. Many projects involve local business and community groups where all involved can learn skills and ways of working which reduces environmental impacts and increases social and economic wellbeing.”

Hannah Smith, from the People & Planet University League, said: “We’re thrilled to see the University of Worcester rank 2nd place in the People & Planet University League this year; their performance across the breadth of sustainable development areas is one to be celebrated. By resourcing their staff and listening to their students Worcester are stepping up to a unique opportunity to meet demands for the skills and understanding our communities need to tackle the biggest challenges of our time. We rate Worcester as one of the UK’s most progressive universities for environmental and ethical standards.”