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UCLan celebrates ‘first’ degree for environmental and ethical performance

11 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University in People & Planet Green League table top ten

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has once again been confirmed as one of the top ten universities in the country for environmental and ethical performance according to The Guardian newspaper.

UCLan came joint ninth out of 143 institutions in the People & Planet Green League, published in The Guardian newspaper, confirming a top ten place for six years in a row.

As part of the league, universities are also awarded degree style classifications with UCLan’s total score of 54 out of a possible 70 helping it to achieve a ‘first’.

This year the University picked up additional points for a new Ethical Investment Policy which ensures that UCLan invests any surplus funds wisely and in ways that reflect the ethical standards consistent with its mission and values.

Other high scores came from implementing sustainable food practices in catering and hospitality services and for UCLan’s waste management policies which have led to only 2% of waste going to landfills.

“UCLan thoroughly deserves its first class ranking this year and is helping to drive up environmental and ethical standards for the higher education sector as a whole.”

The University was also praised for its use of sustainable energy sources with 92% of its electricity coming from renewable resources and for low water consumption.

Louise Hazan, who compiled the People & Planet Green League, said: “UCLan thoroughly deserves its first class ranking this year and is helping to drive up environmental and ethical standards for the higher education sector as a whole.

“Its success in reducing waste and using renewable energy sources is exemplary. We congratulate UCLan on listening to its students who are quite rightly demanding greener degrees and that the university tackles issues like climate change head-on.”

UCLan’s successful annual Green Week event has also contributed to its high ranking. The University managed to persuade staff and students to consider reducing waste, saving energy, making better consumer decisions and traveling actively through a week-long programme of activities, eco games and information points.

“It’s fantastic news that for the sixth year running UCLan is ranked as one of the best universities in the country for environmental and ethical performance.”

Clair Challen, Environment and Sustainability Manager at UCLan, said: “It’s fantastic news that for the sixth year running UCLan is ranked as one of the best universities in the country for environmental and ethical performance. This is despite increased competition as more universities have responded to sustainability and have dedicated resources to this area.

“We are very proud of our waste management initiatives and our Energy Dashboard allows everyone to stay fully informed about the University’s energy and water consumption so the whole university is involved. Our continued success in this table proves that we are committed to sustainability.”

Sustainability is one of ten key priorities for UCLan. The University’s Medium Term Strategy states; “We will be a model international University for sustainability by 2017’. A Sustainability Strategy was launched in 2007 to support this goal by outlining achievable objectives and targets.

Holding ISO14001 certification for its environmental management system covering the entire estate, UCLan is just one of sixteen Universities to have achieved this accolade to date. Together with the Carbon Trust Standard, it provides evidence of the University’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.