Oxford Brookes rated one of the UK's greenest universities

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Brookes is among the UK's top three green institutions.

Oxford Brookes has been judged one of the greenest universities in the country.

It moved up 13 places to number three in the rankings compiled by the student campaigning group People and Planet which are published in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

Institutions are ranked according to their environmental performance in areas such as carbon emissions, recycling rates, and using renewable energy sources.

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our strong showing in the People and Planet table reflects the efforts and commitment of staff and students from right across the university.

“Brookes has been at the forefront of environmental initiatives which have now been adopted at many other universities across the UK.

”We were recognised as the world’s first fair trade university, led the way in developing a sustainable travel plan and we are now prioritising environmental issues in our campus redevelopment plans.”

Harriet Waters, Sustainability Manager, added: "Coming third in the People and Planet league reflects the university’s work on environmental and sustainability issues.

“The university has been an early adopter in many areas of sustainability such as fair trade, sustainable transport planning and environmental management systems and crucially has kept the momentum going.

“The increased capacity of the Sustainability Team and the work being done on our Corporate Responsibility Programme will mean that we continue to lead the way."

Brookes was the first university to be audited for the Gold Phase of the Ecocampus Environmental Management Scheme, and has secured £250,000 in funding for carbon reduction projects.

The university has also been lauded for the way it encourages staff and students to use the Brookes Bus.

Brookes established its first environmental policy in 1997 and became the world’s first fair trade university in 2003.

It has adopted a Corporate Responsibility Programme and last year expanded its Sustainability Team to four.

Nottingham Trent University tops the league, followed by the London School of Economics (LSE).