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City is first to receive new gold certification in Islington

City is the first organisation in the London Borough of Islington to receive the gold certification by the Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership (ISEP).  The certification recognises organisational efforts to identify, plan and reduce carbon emissions.

24 July 2015

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

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.

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.

The full story can be found here.

21 January 2015

City wins Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership Award

City's efforts to reduce its carbon emissions have again been recognised at the 2014 Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership Awards held 3 July 2014. Having achieved a 4% reduction in carbon emissions over the year, City had the second highest emissions reduction achieved by member organisations across the borough. 

4 July 2014

City is awarded a First in People and Planet Green League ranking

City University London has been awarded a First Class Award in the People & Planet Green League 2013, the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities. The rankings published by The Guardian, placed City in 23rd position overall, representing an increase of 36 places since last year.

The Green League is an annual ranking put together by the national student campaign group, People & Planet. It assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities, awarding First Class 'degrees' to the greenest and a Fail to those doing the least to address their environmental impact.

Louise Hazan who compiled the league, commended City University London as one of just 43 institutions to achieve a 'First' in 2013:

"City University London thoroughly deserves its First Class ranking this year and is helping to drive up environmental and ethical standards for the higher education sector as a whole. Their success in reducing carbon emissions and finding creative ways to engage staff and students in the transition to sustainability is exemplary."

City's rise to a First Class ranking this year is evidence of the University's continuing commitment to its sustainability performance. Notable achievements this year include continued carbon reductions: City has already achieved a 33% reduction since 2005/06 and is well on track to achieve its 43% reduction target by 2020. This success was recognised in March when City was named as the most energy efficient university in the UK by The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, commented:

"This award is testament to the dedication of staff and students across the University. The First Class ranking reflects the importance City places on continuing to improve both policy and practice in this area."

City has shown a university-wide commitment to reducing environmental impacts by achieving EcoCampus Platinum and ISO14001 standards for its environmental management system. There was also increased participation in the Green Impact programme with the introduction of student project assistants who helped departmental teams to achieve environmental improvements in their areas. Plans are underway now to expand the scheme at City to engage even more students and staff.

12 June 2013

City ranked as the greenest university in the UK by the Environment Agency

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme has named City University London as the most energy efficient university in the UK. The latest performance league table published by the Environment Agency ranked City in 64th place overall out of more than 2000 organisations.

The league table is based on how well organisations manage their energy use under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. This mandatory initiative requires private and public sector organisations that use more than 6,000MWh of electricity a year to measure and report their carbon emissions.

City has moved up the league table by more than 90 places since the last publication in 2012. The result reflects an on-going commitment to reducing the impact of University operations on the environment.

Jason Clarke is the Energy and Environment Manager at City University London:
"The improvement is due to high levels of awareness about the sustainability agenda amongst staff and students as well as City's swift action when presented with carbon reduction recommendations. As we deliver the University's Estates Strategy, we will continue to implement innovative emissions reduction projects such as our new Combined Cooling, Heating and Power (CCHP) infrastructure. The importance we place on our Carbon Management Plan will enable us to continue making good progress in this area."

Participation in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a statutory requirement for all UK institutions over a certain size that are not covered by any other carbon scheme, such as the European Emissions trading Scheme (EUETS). The performance league table ranks organisations based on their carbon emissions and management metrics and covers 2011/12 emissions.

6 March 2013

City earns EcoCampus Platinum and ISO 14001

We are pleased to announce that City's Environmental Management System (EMS) has been awarded EcoCampus Platinum and ISO14001 certification.  EcoCampus is an environmental accreditation and award scheme specific to the higher and further education sector.  City started on its EcoCampus journey three years ago and has since earned Bronze, Silver, Gold and now Platinum awards.  ISO 14001 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems; it is the most widely-used EMS in the world.

Achieving these awards demonstrates the University's commitment to reducing its environmental impacts and to integrating sustainability into its daily services and activities.  The fully functioning EMS will now continue to provide a framework for monitoring, measuring and reviewing our environmental objectives and targets. 

2 August 2012

City receives Good Food on the Public Plate Award

This afternoon the cream of London's public sector gathered to receive the prestigious Good Food on the Public Plate Awards for serving more healthy and sustainable food to London's schoolchildren, students, and hospital patients. The awards were presented at City Hall by Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board which advises Mayor Boris Johnson on food issues in the Capital.  As part of this event, City received an award for becoming a Sustainable Fish City signatory.  This marks City's third consecutive Good Food on the Public Plate Award for its achievements in serving sustainable food.

15 March 2012

City named greenest university in London by Environment Agency

City University London has been named the most energy efficient university in London - and ninth in the UK - according to a recent league table published by the Environment Agency.

The new ranking is based on how well organisations manage their energy use under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRCEES), which was introduced in 2010. This mandatory initiative requires private and public sector organisations that use more than 6,000MWh of electricity a year to measure and report their carbon emissions. It covers more than 2,000 organisations across the UK, with City University London ranking as the 155th greenest overall.

Jason Clarke, City's Energy and Environment Manager, says: "Our strong performance in the first year of the scheme illustrates the emphasis the University has placed on effective carbon management as well as wider initiatives to make staff, students and the local community more environmentally conscious."

The University recently held its third annual Green City Week, which included a Farmers' Market open to Islington residents and a debate on how to cope with the increasing number of cyclists on London's roads. City's ranking in the new league table was attributed to the introduction of automatic meter reading technology to monitor more than 85% of the carbon emissions around its campus. It has also attained the British Standards Institute's Kitemark for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verification.

22 November 2011

Free chilled tap water now available at City

As part of the TapWater scheme that City has joined up to, free chilled tap water is now available at two locations at our Northampton Square site. One filling station is located just outside the Careers Centre on Drysdale Level 1, the other just outside the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Foyer on Tait Level 1. Bring your own bottle along for a free refill and be sure to locate other refilling stations around London and beyond on the TapWater website at www.tapwater.org.

1 April 2011

City signs up to Sustainable Fish City campaign

City was one of the first London universities to sign up to Sustain's new Sustainable Fish City campaign to make London the world's first 'sustainable fish city.' Individuals and organisations across London are being asked to pledge their commitment to purchase more sustainable fish and avoid any fish that appears on the Marine Conservation Society's 'fish to avoid' list.

15 January 2011

Sustainable Food Awards

City picked up another two awards in November for its sustainable food practices. The first was the Good Egg Award, presented by Compassion in World Farming, for ensuring that only free-range eggs are served at the University. The second was the prestigious Good Food on the Public Plate Award in recognition of achievements such as ensuring that all eggs served are free-range, all chicken is Red Tractor assured, all milk is organic, no plastic water bottles are used in hospitality and sustainable food days are promoted. This award was presented at City Hall by Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, and went to 22 universities, hospitals and other public sector bodies in London who have made great strides to make the food they serve more sustainable by ensuring it is local, seasonal, Fairtrade or assured by an animal welfare scheme.

30 November 2010

Triple win for City at Islington's 2010 Giant Green Business Awards

City was recognised for its green agenda at the prestigious 2010 Giant Green Business Awards in Islington at the start of November. The awards coincide with the start of the second annual Green City Week, which takes place from Monday 15th to Friday 19th November. The University was crowned the Overall Winner Medium/Large Business Award at the evening's ceremony, won the Sustainable Food & Eating Award and was highly commended in the Energy Use & CO2 Reduction Award. The evening was hosted by TV personality Clive Anderson. The triple win recognises the University's commitment to environmental values and sustainability. City's Environment Team has worked tirelessly to promote eco-friendly activity within and around the University; previous achievements include attainment of University Fairtrade status and the EcoCampus Bronze award.

8 November 2010

City attains Fairtrade University status

City is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Fairtrade University status by the Fairtrade Foundation. As a Fairtrade University, we have made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade products, and to raising awareness of Fairtrade and the benefits that it brings producers in developing countries with students and staff. For more information about the University's commitment to Fairtrade, see the Sustainable Food and Fairtrade page.

19 July 2010

City's Environmental Officer wins Robert Kitchin Award

Dawn White, Environmental Officer, has been awarded this year's Robert Kitchin Award, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers. The Award is offered annually and recognises the contribution of a member of staff who has significantly affected the development of the University. Dawn has been instrumental in raising environmental awareness at City, leading the Environmental Champions Network, supporting cyclists and much more. Dawn was presented with the award by The Master of the Company at a dinner at Saddlers' Hall. The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, one of the ancient City of London Livery Companies, is a great supporter of the University.

25 February 2010

Another win for City's sustainable efforts

City has once again been recognised for its environmental achievements at the annual Archant Environmental Awards by picking up the 'highly commended' award in the 'Best Environmental University/College' category. The award recognises the progress made over the last 12 months in relation to achievements in lessoning impacts on the environment. The certificate of commendation was presented to the City Environmental Team by Penny Poyzer, a green living advocate who featured on the BBC2 series 'No Waste Like Home'.

23 November 2009

City wins Good Food on the Public Plate Award for its Food Policy

City was one of about 14 different public sector bodies recognized at the Good Food on the Public Plate Awards held on 16 November at City Hall. David Buffin (Food Policy Centre), Dawn White (Environmental Officer) and Janet Wigley (Chartwells) were on hand to receive the award presented by Rosie Boycott (Chair of the London Food Board) for City's recent development of a sustainable food procurement policy (pdf).

17 November 2009