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City named fifth greenest university in the UK and first in London

City University London has claimed fifth place in the People and Planet University League 2015

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

City has won a First Class Award and was ranked 5th out of 151 universities and 1st in London in the People & Planet University League 2015. The League is the UK's only comprehensive, independent 'green' ranking of universities. The ratings, published by The Guardian, saw City climb 18 places since last year, making it the highest ranking of all London universities.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor, said: "City takes its responsibility to the environment and community very seriously. To be placed fifth in the UK and first in London is testament to the hard work and dedication that has gone into the green agenda in recent years. I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to all our staff who have worked so hard for what is a tremendous achievement."

City's Energy & Environment Manager, Jason Clarke commented: "this is a fantastic result achieved by concentrating on our strengths in carbon management and by embedding education for sustainable development within University activities. Our ranking is testament to the work of the University Energy & Environment team, the guidance of the University Sustainability Committee and our close working relationship with our Students' Union."

   
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Various energy saving projects, such as switching to renewable energy sources and running awareness campaigns, have seen carbon reduced by a third, saving over 4,000 tonnes of CO2. As a result, City is well on its way to achieving the objective set out in the Strategic Plan of a 43% reduction by 2020.

City is committed to reducing waste sent to landfill and provides free drinking water across the campus in a bid to reduce the use of plastic bottles. City is accredited as a Fairtrade University, has a vegetable garden managed by student and staff volunteers and has committed to several initiatives including Sustainable Fish and Food Legacy, aiming to procure healthy, seasonal and freshly prepared food. Staff and students are also encouraged to contribute in a variety of ways, by becoming Environmental Champions, subscribing to the Sustainability Leadership programme or starting a sustainability project as part of the Green Dragons scheme.

The People & Planet University League is an annual ranking that assesses universities' environmental and ethical performance and awards First Class 'degrees' to the greenest. City is one of 30 universities to achieve a 'First' in the 2015 League.

People & Planet University League Manager, Hannah Smith said: "City has once again improved its First Class performance in the People & Planet University League with continual improvements in reducing carbon emissions and measuring environmental impacts. We're especially impressed with the University's commitment to sustainable food and catering on campus. Top five in the UK and first in London is a real achievement, congratulations to the staff and students at City!"

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