University soars up Green league table

10 June 2010

GLASGOW Caledonian University has received a prestigious "green" award after it was named the second most eco-friendly university in Scotland.

The University climbed 79 places, from 104th to 25th in the UK, in the People & Planet Green League 2010.

It was the biggest leap out of all Scottish universities and the hard work was recognised through a First Class award.

The People & Planet Green League 2010 is the only league table ranking 133 UK universities by environmental performance. It is based on 11 environmental policy and performance-related criteria including carbon emissions per head, waste recycling rates and new criteria measuring efforts to engage students and staff in cutting carbon emissions. This year’s Green League was described by organisers as being the most rigorous yet.

This builds on GCU’s recent success in becoming the first university in Scotland to achieve silver in the EcoCampus Environmental Management and Awards scheme and having its Carbon Management Plan approved by the Carbon Trust in the same week.

Ian Leggett, Director of People & Planet, said: “People & Planet congratulates all those universities which achieved First Class awards in this year’s Green League. Their success is a tribute to sustained and comprehensive efforts to make the transition to a low-carbon higher education sector.”

Jan Hulme, GCU University Secretary, adds: “We’re proud that our continued drive and enthusiasm for creating a greener campus has been recognised by the People & Planet Green League. This shows the extent of the progress that has been made over the past year as a result of the dedicated work of both staff and students, and we will ensure that our sustainability journey continues.”

- View The People & Planet Green League 2010