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People & Planet publish The Green League 2007: Leeds Met is the greenest

Today, 7 June 2007, the UK's leading student campaign network, People & Planet, has published the first ever green league table showing the environmental performance of Britain's universities.  Leeds Met, Plymouth and Hertfordshire top the leaderboard.  The Green League 2007 celebrates success, and exposes those institutions who are have yet to live up to their environmental responsibilities.
Follow this link now: http://peopleandplanet.org/greenleague2007

Published in the Times Higher Education Supplement today, People &
Planet's Green League 2007 ranks all British universities: awarding them with a First, 2:1, 2:2, Third, or Fail based on eight different
environmental criteria, both policy and performance related.  It
incorporates data never before published in the public domain & obtained under the Freedom of Information Act; including the percentage of energy purchased from renewable sources, percentage of waste recycled, and CO2 emissions for each institution.  The results are interesting ... and surprising!

British universities have been at the forefront of much of the
research that has highlighted the threat of climate change. It is now
imperative that they lead the way in making a decisive shift towards
transforming  the UK into a low carbon economy. The Green League table gives all of us - whether it's a student activist or a vice-Chancellor -
the information and the motivation to make that shift. (Mark Lynas,
author of 'Six Degrees: our future on a hotter planet' and 'High Tide: The
Truth About Our Climate Crisis')

The academy has a significant environmental footprint.  Lacking
transparency and accountability until today, many Vice Chancellors have been complacent about their institutions' environmental impacts. A recent report by Business In The Community found that the HE sector scored a poor average of only 55% on the BITC environment index, compared to the business average of 83%.

As one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the
world the UK has a responsibility, and an opportunity, to take action to
reduce the severity of the climate change threat. This table gives us a
picture of the quality of environmental management as a whole across the Higher Education sector. It will enable us to set a benchmark against which we can monitor performance in the future. (Ian Leggett,
Director of P&P)

Your choice of university has such a far-reaching effect on your
future, that it makes sense to choose one which takes the long-term
effects of its own behaviour seriously too. (Ben West, sixth form
student applying to university and P&P member, King Edward IV School, Southampton)

This table is designed to challenge poor environmental performance, and give strength to those voices within university communities who are
working hard to achieve change.  It will establish a competition mechanism between universities to drive standards up.

Leeds Met and the 14 others who top our leader board display excellent
practice in the sector.  They have demonstrated a commendable
institutional commitment to seeing their environmental performance
systematically improve.  In an age of choice, students in the education marketplace now have the information necessary to make informed university choices based on their values.

ENDS

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Emma Jones
People & Planet
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