Green praise indeed for UK universities

A number of UK institutions are riding high in the global league table of the world’s greenest universities

The UI Green Metric, produced by Universitas Indonesia highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe and measures each participating university’s commitment in developing an ‘environmentally friendly’ infrastructure.

The UI Green Metric was headed up by the University of Nottingham. Andy Nolan, Director of Sustainability at the University, said: “Sustainability is one of our top priorities at the University so to be placed at number one in the world for the third time is a fantastic achievement.

The green campus at the University of Nottingham

“We are continuously looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint and this is a reflection of this work and dedication. We continue to invest in our energy infrastructure to reduce our carbon emissions with schemes such as the 1000m2 solar project on the Vet School. We have recently committed to developing a Park Arboretum across the 300 acre campus, which will include a period of tree planting over a 10 to fifteen year period, which is one of many initiatives currently taking place here.”

Nottingham Trent University came in 3rd place, University of Oxford in 5th, University of Plymouth in 13th and University of Bath in 15th place.

Bangor University has risen six places in the latest table, which now, for the first time includes over 400 universities worldwide.

The University is also placed fifth in the world for its campus setting and infrastructure. This is one of the 11 indicators in the table and reflects the university’s environmental policies and whether the University can be truly described as a green environment.

The area in front of the Environment Centre Wales building at Bangor University is sown with wild flowers. (COPYRIGHT: Iwan Williams)

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor John G Hughes said: “We join five other universities in the UK in leading the way in ‘greening’ the international higher education sector. Our further rise in the table demonstrates our ongoing commitment to taking positive action in promoting sustainability and achieving continual environmental improvement.”

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