People & Planet University League Results

We have recently seen the publication of this year’s People & Planet University League (previously known as the Green League), which looks to reflect the sustainable behaviour of institutions within the higher-education sector. Once again, the assessment criteria has been modified slightly from the previous year and has most recently shifted to create greater emphasis upon sustainability as part of the curriculum within HE courses as well as the content of institution’s polices and the rights of employees.

Plymouth University has topped the league with University of Worcester and Manchester Metropolitan University coming in second and third respectively. The greatest gains of those universities now achieving ‘first-class’ awards comes from University of Wales, Trinity Saint David which was ranked in the previous League at 113th and has now moved up to 8th position. The advancement from UoW, TSD represents successful projects focusing on sustainable food, engagement of staff and students and water consumption reduction. Additional points have been scored for the ‘environmental’ department being well–staffed and for the utilisation of an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System.

This rapid rise should act as an incentive for all currently low performing institutions and demonstrate that with an appropriate plan in addition to the right mix of ambition, energy and enthusiasm, swift progression towards the top of the League and the benefits associated with improved sustainable behaviour can be realised in a relatively short time.