Wednesday, 16 June 2010
The University of Worcester has been named among the top 20 greenest universities in Britain.
The University has been awarded “First Class Honours” for its ranking at number 17 out of the 133 UK universities that submitted results in this year’s People & Planet’s Green League.
This year’s league, published by the student campaign group, People & Planet, compared not only the strength of the Institution’s environmental initiatives and performance, but also the scope and ambition of the University’s plans for improvement.
The top 20 spot comes after the University recently became the first in the country to receive the EcoCampus Platinum Award across all of its sites, in recognition of the University’s commitment to continually improving its environmental performance.
The Director of the Student-led organisation, Ian Leggett, said: “People & Planet congratulates universities which achieved the First Class award in this year’s Green League. Their success is a tribute to sustained leadership and comprehensive efforts to achieve the necessary transition to a low-carbon education sector.”
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, added: “This is the second consecutive year that the University of Worcester has achieved a top 20 ranking in the Green League tables. This is thanks to all members of the University – students and staff alike – who have worked positively to promote recycling, cut private car journeys, shop locally, reduce carbon emissions and support Fair Trade and sustainability at home and abroad.”
Katy Boom, Head of Sustainability and Development at the University of Worcester, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to be ranked, once again, amongst the best institutions in the country. We continually aim to improve our efforts to ensure that the University of Worcester exceeds environmental standards and public expectations.”
Some recent successes include reducing waste sent to landfill by expanding recycling schemes throughout the campus; improved and increased secure cycle facilities; introducing better energy management including schemes to introduce motion sensors and LED lighting; improved biodiversity on campus and the University is currently looking at sustainability across the teaching curriculum.