University of Leeds awarded first class for its green credentials

People & Planet has awarded the University of Leeds a first class ranking in its 2015 University League table, the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities.

The People & Planet league table assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities, awarding first class ‘degrees’ to the greenest and failing those doing the least to address their environmental and social impacts.

The University of Leeds has achieved a first class place this year, up from a 2:1 in the last table.  It scored full marks for its environmental policy and also scored highly for its carbon reduction achievements, waste reduction and management, green energy sourcing, environmental education, and sustainable food practices.  

Louise Ellis, the University’s Head of Sustainability, said: “We are pleased to have moved up from a 2:1 to a first class rating in this year’s People and Planet Green League. The University continues to invest in sustainability and is committed to being a leader in this area.”

Facilities Director Dennis Hopper said: "The award of a first class rating is important to the University of Leeds, as it provides recognition of the efforts of our staff and students across all faculties and services.  Our improved position in the Green League year on year, demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability.  Of course there is more to be done, but our strategic approach to embedding sustainability throughout campus and in the wider community is clearly working."

People & Planet’s Hannah Smith, who compiled the league table, said: “The University of Leeds is proving to be one of the UK’s leading universities for environmental standards.  People & Planet celebrates its achievements in reducing its carbon emissions and waste and its commitment to embedding sustainability across the board, from curriculum to catering.  It is one of the progressive universities at the top of the league that is setting an example of what can be achieved in higher education, equipping its graduates with the skills they need to tackle the threats of climate change and global inequality.”

Read the full University League results on the People & Planet website.

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