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City named the greenest university in London and seventh in the UK

The People and Planet Universities League has ranked City as one of the best in the country

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

A new league table has named City, University of London as one of the UK’s most sustainable universities. The People and Planet Universities League ranked 150 UK universities on their environmental and social justice performance. City was placed in seventh position nationally and first place in London.

People and Planet rate each university on 13 separate measures, from environmental policy and carbon management to waste and recycling. City’s total score was 70 per cent, just 6 per cent below Nottingham Trent, the University in first place.

City has made significant progress on its path to becoming a more sustainable institution. It is on track to reduce carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2020. City is one of the only universities who remain on track to achieve their carbon target. The amount of water City consumes is down by 3.6 per cent on last year and overall nearly 65 per cent of waste is recycled. In the last three years, a project encouraging staff and students to switch to tap water has saved an estimated 840,000 plastic bottles from going to landfill.

Jason Clarke, Head of Sustainability at City said:

It’s great to see that our efforts to make City a more sustainable and ethical university are paying off. Being recognised by People and Planet as one of the greenest universities in the country is a great achievement and is thanks to the hard work of the sustainability team.

"It also wouldn’t have been possible without City’s thousands of staff and students who are really engaged with sustainability initiatives, from our tap water scheme to the Sustainable City Challenge. Small actions by individuals can have a massive impact when we all work together."

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