City University London is awarded a First in green university 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 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.