LJMU named among UK's 'greenest universities ever'
29 May 2012
Liverpool John Moores University has been awarded a First Class Award and ranked 21 out of 145 in the People & Planet Green League 2012 - the UK's only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities unveiled today in The Guardian.
LJMU was ranked as the top University on Merseyside, and was ranked third across the North West.
The University will receive the award at a special 'graduation ceremony' to be held in Westminster by People & Planet on 21 June 2012. LJMU has climbed ten places in the league since last year.
LJMU is among only 46 institutions to achieve a 'First' in 2012 - 10 more than did so last year despite a higher points threshold. 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.
Colin Davies, Director, LJMU Infrastructure Services commented:
"This is recognition for the University's commitment to the environment and sustainability. The award has given us extra momentum to continue our work, especially as being green is such an ongoing process."
The University received the EcoCampus Silver Award in December 2011. Ecocampus is a national environmental management system for the higher education sector. The University is now planning to submit for the Gold Award later this year.
Louise Hazan, who compiled the People & Planet Green League, said:
"Congratulations to all the staff and students at Liverpool John Moores University for their role in creating one of the greenest universities the UK has ever seen. Their success in reducing carbon emissions and finding creative ways to engage staff and students in the transition to sustainability is exemplary. National improvements across the People & Planet Green League results this year show universities are listening to the 70% of students demanding greener degrees and that the university sector is leading the way to a low-carbon and sustainable future."
LJMU, has reduced its carbon footprint by 9% since 2008/09 and is committed to a 25% reduction over a five year period as part of its Carbon Management Programme. Nationally, the People & Planet Green League table reveals that the university sector has cut carbon emissions for the first time, recording a 5% reduction compared to 2011 results.
For further information about LJMU's Getting Greener campaign visit: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/prs/greencampaign/
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