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Aston University 1st Class for ‘green’ credentials

People and Planet

20th January 2015

Aston University has won a First Class Award and is ranked 12 out of 151 universities in the People & Planet University League 2015 – the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities unveiled today (20 January).  

It is the seventh year in a row that Aston University has been awarded a 1st class award in the People and Planet University League, highlighting the University’s consistency and commitment to ‘green’ initiatives.

The People & Planet University League, an annual ranking by the national student campaign group, assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities, awarding First Class 'degrees' to the greenest and Fail to those doing the least to address their environmental and social impacts.  Aston University is one of only 30 universities to achieve a ‘First’ in the 2015 league.

Environment and Sustainability Manager, Lynnette Jones said: “In the last 12 months we have gained accreditation to the internationally recognised Environmental Management System ISO 14001, ensuring we meet the highest levels of environmental stewardship.  We have also making good progress on our staff and student engagement programme with an increasingly active network of Go Green Champions.  We are also working on sustainability in education with Aston University set to become the first university to embed climate change and carbon reduction into the curriculum for all second year students.”

Hannah Smith, who compiled the People & Planet University League, said: "Aston University is proving to be one of the UK's leading universities for environmental and ethical standards. People & Planet celebrate their achievements in reducing water use, reducing waste and carbon emissions and working with their students, staff and community to bring about a culture of change in social and environmental practice. It's the progressive universities ranking top 30 in the league that are setting an example of what can be achieved in higher education.”

Aston University has implemented a number of initiatives which have helped increase the University’s ‘green’ performance. These include ‘Go Green’ and ‘Bike Week’, recycling initiatives and energy saving campaign such as energy dashboards showing current and daily consumption for all buildings on campus. All of Aston’s main building hot water is also powered by a Combined Heat and Power system, instead of gas fired boilers. 

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

People & Planet on 01865 264 180 or email universityleague@peopleandplanet.org

In 2015, the People & Planet University Leagueranks 151 UK universities – awarding them a First, 2:1, 2:2, Third or Fail– according to environmental policy, management and actual performance in areas such as carbon reduction, waste recycling, student engagement, green curriculum, energy efficiency, transport emissions, sustainable food, ethical procurement and water consumption. The ranking combines data obtained directly from universities through the Freedom of Information Act with Estates Management Statistics data obtained from the Higher Education Statistics Agency. 

People & Planet is the largest UK student network campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.