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University is green league top performer

21 January 2015

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan receives first class degree

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised as one of the consistently top performing ‘green’ universities from over the past five years for its strong environmental and ethical performance.

The Guardian has named UCLan as joint 5th in a list of the best ‘green’ national higher education providers since 2010.

The honour came as the institution was awarded a First class degree classification in the 2015 People and Planet Green League. It was ranked 27 out of 151 universities and colleges.

Clair Challen, Environment and Sustainability Manager at UCLan, said: “It’s fantastic news that we have again received a First class award and that we’ve been named as one of the top five universities in the country since 2010 for our sustainability efforts.

“During this time we’ve invested in our environmental management system to continually improve on our environmental performance and innovative engagement programmes have ensured that staff and students are fully informed and involved. The sector has seen increased competition as more universities have responded to sustainability and dedicated resources to this area. The green league itself has also become more challenging and wide ranging and therefore this recognition demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.”

In the annual league table UCLan scored highly for both policy and performance. The University’s commitment to its environmental policy and environmental management system both gained a 100 percent mark while carbon management was rated highly. In terms of performance the University’s waste and recycling efforts and use of green energy sources, including on-site generation and the use of combined heat and power, received high marks.