The University of Exeter has been awarded a First Class Award in the People & Planet Green League 2012.  

Exeter named among ‘greenest universities’

The University of Exeter has been awarded a First Class Award for the fourth year running and ranked 24 out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League 2012.   

The People & Planet Green League is the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. 

It assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities annually, awarding First Class to the greenest. The University of Exeter is among 46 institutions to achieve a First in 2012.

Karen Gallagher, Sustainability Manager, said: “I am delighted that we have achieved this award for a fourth year. Staff and students from across the University continue to show their commitment and enthusiasm for sustainability. Their hard work is helping us to integrate sustainability in all aspects of the University’s activities.”

Highlights from activity this year include:

  • Campus Services achieved ISO14001
  • Students’ Guild achieved Gold Green Impact Award from the National Union of Students in April 2012.
  • Business School claimed a first in the sector with its decision to become completely carbon neutral. The School signed up to PAS 2060, first independent standard for carbon neutrality.
  • Biomass boiler installed to heat the University’s greenhouses. The boiler will save up to 114 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
  • University Green Impact project enters its fourth year with 22 teams taking part. Thirty-two students were trained by the NUS as environmental auditors to conduct the audits for the project in April 2012.

 The University will receive the award at a special ceremony to be held in Westminster on 21st June.

Louise Hazan, who compiled the People & Planet Green League, said: "Congratulations to all the staff and students at the University of Exeter for their role in creating one of the greenest universities the UK has ever seen. Their success in integrating sustainability throughout the curriculum and finding creative ways to engage staff and students in the transition to sustainability is exemplary. National improvements show that the university sector is leading the way to a low-carbon and sustainable future."

Nationally, the league table reveals that the university sector has cut carbon emissions for the first time, recording a five per cent reduction compared to 2011 results. The University of Exeter has reduced its carbon footprint by 15 per cent since 2005.

Date: 29 May 2012

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