Published: 8 June 2007 at 14:51
Anglia Ruskin University has been listed among the top ten universities in the UK according to a new league table, published this week (7 June), compiled by a student campaign group that ranks universities on their environmental policies.
People & Planet compiled the first ever table - Green League 2007 - forThe Times Higher based on the different initiative and policies adopted by the 100 universities listed. Factors taken into account by the survey included carbon emissions, recycling rates and energy sources.
Anglia Ruskin University appears jointly in eighth place with its direct neighbour Cambridge University, while other universities from the East of England were lower down the rankings; the University of Essex is ranked 66 and University of East Anglia 71.
Anglia Ruskin University was one of 78 universities included in the survey which has a green travel plan. Its cross-campus initiatives include many issues relating to travel and parking for both students and staff.
Encouraged by the top listing, Environmental Manager, Mark Norman comments:
As well as having a green travel plan, waste minimisation, recycling facilities for students, and an ongoing energy efficient campaign, Anglia Ruskin University has also recently been awarded Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation joining the ranks of 35 universities which have committed themselves to promoting and selling Fairtrade produce.
The University’s full-time undergraduate prospectus has also been reduced from a 196 page A4, full colour prospectus to a 60 page prospectus which is individually personalised for each student. Electronic delivery is also available as an alternative to traditional mail.
Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne added: