Governments and organisations all over the world are currently working towards a greener planet as the realisation sets in that our fragile eco-system needs protecting. UK universities are often at the forefront of world-leading research which makes a huge impact in how we live our lives.
The People and Planet Green University Rankings offer a unique insight into the greenest universities in the UK, focussing on areas such as water reduction, ethical investment and human resources for sustainability. Learn a little more about the top five greenest universities in the UK below, and if you wish to study in the UK, you can arrange a free consultation in London or Manchester today.
Top Five Greenest Universities in the UK
1. Manchester Metropolitan University
Since finishing 91st in 2007, Manchester Metropolitan University have shown an almost unparalleled dedication to making a positive impact on the environment. They first topped the table in 2013 (and have never left the top three since) and this year they were awarded maximum marks for environmental policy, auditing and environmental management systems, sustainability staff, and education for sustainable development.
2 University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire see sustainability as the big challenge of the 21st century, and they offer students and staff the opportunity to become change-makers and pioneers who can make a real difference to the planet. Gloucestershire consistently finish top of the People and Planet universities’ “Green League” and received a Special Recognition Award in 2013 for this performance.
3 Nottingham Trent University
Since being named as the most sustainable university in the UK in 2016, Nottingham Trent have maintained their high standards. Nottingham Trent's success is due in the large part to projects such as the award-winning Pavilion building which is carbon-negative and produces more energy than it needs to run.
4 University of Worcester
The University of Worcester's fourth place means a fifth consecutive top five finish for the University, who also won two Green Apple Environmental awards for joint initiatives with the local council. Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at Worcester, said: “We are extremely proud of remaining in the top five most sustainable universities.”
5 Aston University
Aston University finished fifth in this years table, and activities on campus engage staff and students to make a difference. Every year a 'Green Week' is held, featuring events such as 'The Big Canal Clean Up', 'Zero Waste Fair' and 'Recycled Sculpture Workshop' to encourage people to think differently.
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