GCU rated first class in environmental leagues

22 November 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been rated ‘first class’ in the 2016 People & Planet University League for its environmental and ethical performance. The University was ranked second in Scotland for the second year running and 28 out of 150 universities in the UK.  

People & Planet is the UK’s largest student campaigning network. Its annual University League, formerly the Green League, is the only league table that ranks UK universities on their environmental and social justice performance.

Criteria include carbon reduction, student and staff engagement, sustainable food, workers’ rights, ethical investment and education for sustainable development. Over half the criteria is scored using data collected and made public by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and on information available on universities’ websites.

Paulo Cruz, Sustainability Officer at GCU, said: “As the University for the Common Good, GCU believes in embedding the principles of sustainable development into every aspect of our operations, from learning, teaching and research to associated support services and the way we manage the campus.

“We are delighted that our commitment to creating a more sustainable future for GCU has been recognised by People & Planet.”

Sustainability highlights include GCU’s Environmental Management System (EMS) being the first to achieve EcoCampus Platinum and ISO 14001 certification in Scotland, recertified in June this year. EcoCampus Platinum demonstrates that our operations are totally aligned to delivering our broader environmental commitments.

GCU is Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus, awarded with distinction for our role in encouraging and supporting the increase of the number of students, staff and visitors travelling by bike. Students and staff cycling to the University has doubled to 4% and 9% respectively since 2012.

The University’s measures for reducing waste, maximising recycling and saving energy have enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint by 33% (2014-2015) and continue to send no waste to landfill.

For more on GCU’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.gcu.ac.uk/sustainability