Tuesday, 11 June 2013
The University of Worcester has been named among Britain’s greenest universities for the fifth straight year.
The University has been awarded “First Class Honours” in the People & Planet’s Green League, published in The Guardian today, and is ranked fourth out of 143 institutions, for its environmental and ethical performance.
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “This is the fifth consecutive year that the University of Worcester has achieved first class honours for environmental sustainability. This wonderful achievement is a tribute to all the members of the University – students and staff alike – who have worked positively to promote energy efficiency, recycling, cut private car journeys, shop locally, reduce carbon emissions and support Fair Trade and sustainability at home and abroad.”
The University is now generating its own electricity through photo-voltaic panels on the rooftops of some of its largest buildings and re-cycling rainwater. It has also installed electric vehicle charging points, and introduced a range of electricity saving measures, among other initiatives including planting a small orchard at its St. John’s campus.
Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Worcester, added: “It is a fantastic achievement to be ranked, once again, among the best institutions in the country. The volunteering work of the students, the enthusiasm and innovations from staff-led initiatives, along with our commitment to making a sustainability elective available to all students, are reasons why the university has climbed again in this year’s green league.
"Ethics and ethical investments have received more prominence in the student-led league. Having a policy and showing that we have made decisions based on the policy gave us full marks in this section. This achievement is only possible because of the clear commitment from the entire university community and it shows that everyone making a small difference can all add up.”