This year’s league table places Worcester, Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham Trent, and City University London in the UK’s best five with Edinburgh Napier at the top for Scottish universitiesâ€¨.
Over the last five years, Plymouth have set the bar as the highest performing UK university for environmental and ethical standards, with a top 10 position since 2007.
Hannah Smith, University League Manager at People & Planet said: “Plymouth University understands the unique role a university plays in creating social justice, tackling climate change and equipping graduates with the understanding and skills we need to build the fairer low carbon future we all want.”
Professor David Coslett, Interim Chief Executive at Plymouth University said: “Plymouth has been on a journey to explore what sustainability means to us as a university, and it’s one that we’ve now placed at the very core of the way we do things. It is threaded through the way we run our campus and manage our relationship with suppliers; through our teaching and curriculum; and it drives much of our research as we look to tackle some of the most urgent scientific and socio-economic issues of the day. It means a great deal, therefore to return to the top of the People and Planet University League.”
Over half of all university senior management teams now receive an annual report evaluating the performance of their institution’s environmental policy and the latest figures show an overall reduction in university carbon emissions of 3.6% on last year’s figures. There has also beenexponential trend in sustainable food action on campus; a third of universities now support student and staff led projects like allotment gardens and local veg coops.
An impressive 44% of all UK universities now demonstrate a commitment to integrate sustainable development across all aspects of teaching and learning.
People & Planet’s Hannah Smith added: “The progressive universities at the top of our league – like NTU, Worcester and MMU – are proving their ability to change their impact on communities and the wider world. We’ve seen a rise in the number of universities stepping up to meet student expectations for an education that supports them to respond with speed to the biggest challenges of our time.”