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31 May 2012
The University has significantly improved its performance in the annual People & Planet Green League 2012 – a comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities published in The Guardian.
Cardiff University was awarded an Upper Second Class Award and ranked 75 out of the 145 UK universities assessed by People & Planet, an improvement of some 55 places on the 2011 rankings.
Professor Tim Wess Pro Vice Chancellor for Estates said: "We are pleased that the concerted efforts across the University to improve our environmental and ethical performance have been recognised in the movement in this league table.
"The progress we have made is very good – and we have ensured the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability is now in place. We are not complacent though and recognise that we need to continue to progress this even further - carrying out our policies and getting to grips with tougher questions.
"For example, we are also now getting a measure of the social cohesion side of sustainability and looking at how the University can play a key local role in driving this forward."
The People & Planet Green League is compiled annually by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet. It seeks to assess the environmental and ethical performance of all universities annually, awarding First Class and 2:1 'degrees' to those deemed to be the greenest and Fail to those appearing to be doing the least to address their environmental impacts.
The University is among 36 institutions to achieve an Upper Second in 2012.
In 2012, the People & Planet Green League ranks 145 UK universities, giving points for areas such as a visible environmental policy, numbers of staff involved in environmental management and actual performance in areas such as carbon reduction, waste recycling, student engagement, green curriculum, energy efficiency, transport emissions, sustainable food, ethical procurement and water consumption.
The ranking combines data obtained directly from universities through the Freedom of Information Act with Estates Management Statistics data obtained from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The assessment of Cardiff’s performance is a major improvement on previous years. In 2011 the University was assessed as the lowest placed Russell Group institution in the table, coming 130th out of 142.
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