IT’S another solid environmental performance for the University of Huddersfield.
The university has slipped 25 places down the People and Planet Green League table to share 46th place with four other higher education institutes.
But Huddersfield University still scored a respectable ‘upper second class degree’ in the league which measures how environmentally friendly UK universities are.
This year’s table tested 143 higher education institutes on their eco credentials, including environmental policy, use of sustainable and fair trade materials, recycling and carbon footprint.
Top of the class was Manchester Metropolitan University, while stood in the corner in disgrace was Heythrop College, London, which finished bottom.
Huddersfield University scored full marks for its recycling and water usage, although it didn’t fare so well on its environmental policy or carbon management.
The university, which has improved greatly since a poor performance in 2007, was praised by People and Planet, which promotes student action on poverty and the environment.
A People and Planet spokesperson said: “The University of Huddersfield has made significant strides in the way it manages waste during 2012, not only upgrading recycling schemes, but also developing a coordinated approach to waste management.”
A university spokesman said: “The University of Huddersfield places great emphasis on sustainability, green issues and the local environment generally.
“In fact, only this year, the university created an Education for Sustainable Development Forum, which will be attended by representatives from all schools and departments with a remit of ensuring that sustainability is high on the teaching and learning agenda of all its courses.
“This will also feature in the university’s next five-year strategic plan and complements our on-going programme of including energy-saving features in new and existing buildings to ensure low carbon emissions.”
For a full breakdown of the Green League visit: peopleandplanet.org/green-league-2013