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Aston wins ‘first class honours’ for environmental performance.

Go Green 2013

11 June 2013

The People and Planet Green League table for 2013 has awarded Aston University ‘First Class Honours’ for the fifth year running.

Aston has been awarded ‘First Class Honours’ for its environmental performance and is ranked 12th out of 142 UK Universities. It is the fifth year running that Aston has been ranked so highly, scoring maximum points in the ‘waste and recycling’ and ‘environmental policy’ categories.

People and Planet is a highly influential student campaigning network that works in partnership with The Guardian in order to identify how quickly the University sector is moving towards low-carbon, sustainable operations. It was formed in response to student demand for greener universities.

The 2013 League table takes into account a wide range of environmental criteria including carbon emissions per head, recycling initiatives, embedding the concept of sustainability into the curriculum, and sourcing Fairtrade products.

Louise Hazan, who compiled the People & Planet Green League, said; “Aston University 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. “

Nationally, the People & Planet Green League table reveals that the higher education sector is gradually going greener with clear improvements. This includes an increased focus on sustainability in the curriculum – up to 47% of universities gaining full points in this particular category compared to 27% just two years ago. There has also been a huge increase in initiatives to engage staff and students on sustainability issues.

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For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or email a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk