Tuesday 22 November 2016

NTU named UK’s greenest university


NTU has now topped the People and Planet University League three times
NTU has now topped the People and Planet University League three times

Creating sustainable campuses is simply good business. They are clean, efficient, and safe places for students, staff, visitors and wildlife
Grant Anderson, Environmental Manager, Nottingham Trent University
People & Planet rate NTU as one of the most progressive universities for environmental and ethical standards
Hannah Smith, People & Planet’s Co-director Research and Campaigns

Nottingham Trent University has been officially recognised as the most sustainable university in the UK after once again claiming top spot in the prestigious People and Planet University League 2016.

The success builds on the university’s tremendous track record in the table – the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities – which it has now topped three times.

It follows major environmental initiatives at the University, such as the creation of the eco-friendly award-winning Pavilion building on the Clifton Campus. The carbon-negative building, which produces more energy than it needs to run, uses an array of solar panels, energy-efficient glazing, natural light and insulation.

The University has also worked to embed sustainability within the curriculum as part of its ‘curriculum refresh’ project, meaning that every taught course will include sustainability content relevant to that specific subject area.

The ‘Greening the City’ project, meanwhile, has created new green spaces on the City Campus for staff and students, with more planned for the future.

University researchers are involved in Nottingham’s ‘Remourban’ project, looking at sustainable buildings and transport systems and how they can improve the green credentials of the city.

Nottingham Trent University also has more than 1,000 volunteers working on 700 community projects across Nottinghamshire.

The accolade – which builds on last year’s impressive ranking of fourth – follows on from a number of major environmental successes.  

Earlier this month lecturer Dr Petra Molthan-Hill received the Sustainability Professional prize at the annual Green Gown awards for her leadership of the University’s Green Academy, which focuses on championing sustainability within all University courses.

Also this month, independent auditors for the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) index awarded the university a gold award for sustainability, making it the only university in the country to receive the honour. Auditors carried out a thorough inspection across all aspects of university life, including teaching, research, waste management and transport.

And in August NTU won three national environment awards for the quality of its green spaces, meaning it was the only university to be recognised at the Green Apple Awards 2016.

Grant Anderson, Environmental Manager at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are delighted to once again top the People and Planet University League. We have been ranked first three times, more than any other university, and have been in the top ten since 2009. 

“This fantastic result backs up our recent Gold Award for the LiFE Sustainability index. Our sustainability work now covers all our functions, including, most importantly, a new commitment to include sustainability in all our taught courses. Creating sustainable campuses is simply good business. They are clean, efficient, and safe places for students, staff, visitors and wildlife.” 

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said: “Returning to the top of the People and Planet University League – alongside a plethora of other awards – shows what can be achieved when professional services colleagues, academics, and students work together on an issue in which they all believe. I am very proud of what is a genuinely collective initiative which combines commitment to principles with creativity around practices.”

Hannah Smith, People & Planet’s Co-director Research and Campaigns, said: “We’re delighted to see Nottingham Trent University celebrate a No.1 position in the People & Planet University League for 2016. People & Planet rate NTU as one of the most progressive universities for environmental and ethical standards.

"What impresses us most about NTU is their consistency – the sustainable development we need for society provides an opportunity for culture shift, one that takes a long-term view.

“NTU is truly demonstrating what’s capable when a university community comes together to grapple with climate and social justice in real and practical terms. Look over here – from renewable energy to ethical investment, to sustainability in the curriculum - it can be done!”

Notes to editors:

Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan Creating the University of the Future has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

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