Sustainability credentials get first class ranking

The University has again been awarded a first class ranking in the People & Planet University League Table, which assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all UK universities.


We have again risen in the League Table, and are now ranked 23rd, up from 30th place in the last League published in 2015.

Louise Ellis, the University’s Head of Sustainability, said: “We welcome independent review of our work, and are happy that we continue to improve in the People & Planet rankings. It shows the University’s commitment to sustainability and the hard work of the institution.  We recognise that we still have a long way to go, but it’s encouraging to see the higher education sector working really hard towards sustainability.”

Hannah Smith, People & Planet Co-director; Research and Campaigns, said: “Leeds have laid a strong foundation for sustainability in their strategy. By resourcing staff and bringing an understanding of sustainability into the curriculum, Leeds is stepping up to their unique opportunity to meet society’s demands for the skills and understanding communities need to tackle the biggest challenges of our time.”

Recent initiatives across the University include:

  • embedding sustainability in the University’s procurement process – achieving Level 4 of the Flexible Framework
  • achieving ISO14001 accreditation for environmental management systems
  • developing a Community Mentoring scheme
  • integrating sustainability into the curriculum, most recently within the School of Medicine
  • achieving the City Connect Silver Accreditation for being a Bike Friendly Business.

There is a lot more to come, and colleagues are encouraged to get involved; more information is available on the Sustainability website.

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