Aston University has climbed a superb 27 places in this year’s People and Planet Green League.
Listed the 18th greenest university in the country - out of 126 universities * - Aston has increased its commitment to the environment and sustainability, and further targets are already in place to make its campus even more eco friendly.
People and Planet’s Green League is the only league table showing the environmental performance of Britain’s universities. For the first time the tables judged the scope and quality of carbon-management plans. These plans have become essential, as the Climate Change Act 2008 requires greenhouse-gas emissions in the UK to be cut at least 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. Other areas assessed by the guide include; the percentage of waste recycled, energy saving initiatives and transport policies.
Recent initiatives currently on Aston’s campus include;
The installation of a combined heat and power plant on campus, which is set to drastically reduce carbon emissions.
Increasing the use of electric vehicles both on and off campus
A student switch off campaign where students were encouraged to turn off electronic power in the halls of residence when not in use. The initiative saved the equivalent of 76 tonnes of CO2 emissions in one year.
Several additional recycling posts, to allow for batteries, books and mobile phones to be recycled.
Aston University is also in the process of building new halls of residences, with the first phase set for completion next year. A number of key energy saving features have been factored into the new designs. These include grass roofs to encourage biodiversity and to reduce heating and cooling loads of the building to lower energy consumption. Rainwater will be collected to be recycled for various purposes around campus with wind turbines also to be used to produce energy, including providing lighting for the residences.
To view the full People and Planet guide, click here. http://peopleandplanet.org/green-league-2009
*Aston University was mistakenly listed at 28th in the Green League table, but a correction has since been issued by the People and Planet team on Aston University's individual page on the People and Planet website.