‘People and Planet’ rated 151 UK universities according to their sustainable credentials and placed MMU 3rd in the University League– meaning the University are in the top 10 for the third consecutive year!
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: “We have had an amazing 18 months at number 1 position, and since then we have made even more progress to green the University and its activities. We are genuinely delighted to be in the Top 3 for 2015”.
Students as partners
The annual People and Planet University League survey looks at systems, performance and behaviours, and saw the University achieve maximum marks for its policies, its staff, and efforts to spread sustainable thinking. High marks were also scored in ethical investments, carbon management and engagement to create greener behaviours.
Since 2005, the university has reduced carbon emissions by a quarter thanks to investments into estates, operations, and staff and student behaviour projects.
All new buildings are designed for sustainability, including the new Birley campus which integrates sustainability into every aspect of design, and plays a major part in achieving MMU’s ambition of becoming a ‘Zero Carbon, Waste and Water’ University.
John Hindley, Head of Environmental Strategy at MMU, says the People & Planet University League is getting tougher each time: “In the face of more challenging criteria, we are thrilled to maintain a podium position”.
Our latest drive is to create degree courses that integrate key sustainability issues. We are pleased to have been recognised as a model for other universities to look to in how we embed ‘education for sustainable development’.
Hannah Smith, People & Planet League Manager, said: “Manchester Metropolitan University are continuing to prove themselves as one of the UK’s most progressive universities for environmental and ethical standards.
Find out how we fared against other Universities at the People and Planet University League web page