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Bournemouth University seventh greenest uni in the UK

Bournemouth University has been placed in the top 10 in a nationwide table ranking the greenest universities in the UK.

Out of 151 universities, BU ranked seventh and achieved a ‘first class’ rating for the fifth year in a row in the University League 2015 table.

The University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities compiled by environmental organisation People & Planet.

Ranked according to environmental and ethical performance, criteria for the league table included the amount of carbon reduction, student and staff engagement, sustainable food, workers’ rights, ethical investment and education for sustainability.

Gareth Williams, Programme Manager for the Carbon Management Plan at BU, said “We are very pleased that our work on sustainability has been recognised.

“The university has worked hard at embedding sustainability and we still have a lot more to do.  We look forward to progressing this work and building on our success in future years.”

BU has taken on a number of green initiatives recently including a bike loan scheme and enhancements to the Bus for BU service.

Overall carbon emissions at the university have also decreased by over 16 per cent since 2005.

Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer, said “At BU we have always taken our responsibilities around sustainability very seriously and it’s a core element of everything we do.

“This is a real testament to our staff, students and partners who have shown a commitment to this, making BU one of the top universities in the UK for sustainability.”