5 June 2013

The University has received a First Class award for the fifth year running in the People and Planet Green League and was ranked in joint eighth place out of the 142 UK universities. The League aims to improve the environmental impact of universities and takes into account the commitment of universities to systematic improvement and actual environmental and ethical performance.

Katherine O’Brian, Sustainability Manager said: “The University’s continued positioning in the top twenty universities provides a clear demonstration of our commitment to minimising our environmental impact and to promoting sustainable development”.

The League takes into account 13 criteria including sustainability in the curriculum, ethical investment and procurement, energy consumption per head, percentage of waste recycled and water consumption per head. Overall the University scored 45.5 out of 70 and achieved maximum points for the following management areas:

• The public availability of our Environmental Policy, which provides a formal demonstration of our intent regarding environmental performance.

• The public availability of FoodHertfordshire’s Environmental and Sustainability Policy and the implementation of various sustainable food practices.

• The opportunities for staff and student engagement in environmental projects and activities such as through the Environmental Working Group, Environment Week and at central inductions.

• The purchase of 100% renewable energy.

In terms of environmental performance, the University performed well for the percentage of waste recycled compared to other institutions; the University has so far recycled 73% of waste in 2011/12 and aims to recycle 75% this year. The implementation of the recently approved Carbon Management Plan and Waste and Resource Management Strategy will support the University’s continued environmental performance improvement.

Veronica Pasteur, Head of Campaigns at Fairtrade said: "Congratulations to University of Hertfordshire for becoming one of the UK’s greenest universities, and to all its staff and students who have shown a collective commitment to Fairtrade and for recognising their global responsibility. The awareness that this is raising among the student population will help make a better future for producers in the developing world”.