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Chichester one of most environmentally-friendly universities

People & Planet University League 2015

GREEN-FINGERED staff from the University of Chichester have been named among the most environmentally friendly in the UK.

It follows a recent survey which ranked the institution 18th out of 143 across the country – a rise of 23 places from last year - based on its environmental credentials.

The report was undertaken by student-led organisation the People & Planet University League which assesses the environmental impact of institutions, awarding first class degrees to the highest placed, and fails to those lacking green agendas.

Kate Cathie, Environment Coordinator at the University, said: “It is pleasing to see that our hard work and relentless drive for improvement has been recognised on a national scale.

“What is more exciting is that in the areas where we concentrated our efforts, such as engagement, education, environmental staff, and auditing, we obtained maximum points.”

As part of the national survey, each UK university was judged against a criteria measuring its environmental policies and how its staff and students engage with sustainability.

Chichester was awarded a first class degree for its commitment to successful initiatives introduced in the last 12 months, which included incorporating sustainability into the learning and teaching strategy, and a new staff and student engagement programme.

Elisabeth Whitaker, Director of Human Resources at the University, said: “I am thrilled that we scored a first in our People and Planet submission.

“Our rank of 18th is a huge leap from last year, and was set against a new set of criteria which was a hard task to complete.”

The award also praised the University’s recent initiative to install energy-efficient lighting across its Chichester and Bognor Regis-based campuses, following a multimillion pound grant from the government.

Hannah Smith, spokesperson for the People & Planet Green League, said: "Chichester thoroughly deserves its first class ranking and is helping to drive up environmental and ethical standards for the higher education sector as a whole.

“We congratulate Chichester on listening to its students who are quite rightly demanding greener degrees and that the University tackles issues like climate change head on.”

Find out more about the People & Planet University League rankings 

See how the University of Chichester has reduced its environmental impact