Bath Spa University has been awarded a First Class Award and ranked 8th out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League 2012 – the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities unveiled today (29 May) in The Guardian. The University will receive the award at a special 'graduation ceremony' to be held in Westminster by People & Planet on 21 June 2012.
The People & Planet Green League assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities annually, awarding First Class 'degrees' to the greenest and Fail to those doing the least to address their environmental impacts. Bath Spa University is among 46 institutions to achieve a 'First' in 2012 - 10 more than did so last year despite a higher points threshold.
The University's ambitious Carbon Management Plan has so far achieved a 25 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels and is on course to deliver 50 per cent savings by 2020. The University has also significantly increased recycling and reduced waste. In the past six years waste to landfill has been reduced by nearly 300 per cent which has been helped by the introduction of a food waste initiative last year.
Bath Spa University's EcoCampus and ISO 14001 EMS accreditation helps ensure continuous improvements across a range of environmental indicators. The University is also proud to have been awarded 'Fairtrade University status' earlier this year.
Bath Spa University Environmental Officer Ola Bankole said: "This year's Green League result is an encouragement and vindication for the sustainability path Bath Spa University has wholly embraced. It reflects the commitment right across the University - from the Vice-Chancellor to staff and students - to embed an environmental culture in every aspect of the University's operations and activities. This excellent performance will only spur us to continue to improve."
Nationally, the People & Planet Green League table reveals that the university sector has cut carbon emissions for the first time, recording a 5 per cent reduction compared to 2011 results. Bath Spa University has reduced its carbon footprint by 25 per cent since 2005.