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Monday 11 June 2012

NTU named among UK's 'greenest universities ever'

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The People & Planet Green League assesses environmental and ethical performance

Nottingham Trent University has been awarded a First Class Award for the fourth year in a row and kept its top five position out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League – the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. The University will receive the award at a special graduation ceremony to be held in Westminster by People & Planet on 21 June 2012.

The People & Planet Green League assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities annually, awarding First Class degrees to the greenest and Fail to those doing the least to address their environmental impacts. Nottingham Trent University is among 46 institutions to achieve a First in 2012.

Chief Finance and Operations Officer, Stephen Jackson, said: "Maintaining a position at the top of the table for four years running tells a story of success and consistency that we can be proud of.  The University is one of the largest to sit at the top,  with some 26,000 students, and has succeeded despite some challenging issues – including maintaining a number of listed and heritage buildings. 

"Our commitment to reducing the University's environmental impacts is as strong as ever and we aim to emulate this success for years to come."

Over the last year the University has been able to celebrate some fantastic achievements including:

  • receiving the EcoCampus Platinum award for its Environmental Management System
  • winning a Green Gown Award for work on monitoring and maximising space efficiency in teaching rooms and offices
  • being one of the first universities to receive the Soil Association's Food for Life Silver award for serving sustainable, locally sourced and great value meals to staff and students in the main cafes
  • the Big Clear Out project, which has gone from strength to strength with over seven tonnes of unwanted items diverted from landfill and donated to charity
  • over 180 bikes hired out to students and staff through the Ucycle scheme with plans to purchase more bikes to meet demand for next year.

Grant Anderson, Environmental Manager at Nottingham Trent University, said: "Following another successful year for the University's green agenda we are really pleased to see our hard work being recognised nationally. We still have plenty of room for improvement and are looking forward to the upcoming challenges to help us retain our status as one of the greenest universities ever in the UK."

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