Manchester Metropolitan named UK's 'greenest university'

Manchester Metropolitan has been named as the UK's 'greenest university' Credit: Manchester Metropolitan

Manchester Metropolitan has been named as the 'UK's greenest university', after it was ranked first in the People and Planet University League.

The only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance is compiled annually by the student network People and Planet.

The University has remained committed to improving its environmental impact, after climbing from 91st the top of the table in 2013.

It is the only UK university to retain a top three position for five consecutive years.

The league assesses a range of environmental and ethical factors, management practices and policies, and performance in carbon reduction, energy sources, waste and recycling, and water reduction.

Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, said:

Hannah Smith, Co-Director for Campaigns and Research at People and Planet said:

Manchester Metropolitan scored 77.6% overall and was awarded maximum marks for environmental policy, auditing and environmental management systems, sustainability staff, and education for sustainable development.

The University ranked very strongly for ethical investment principles, and carbon and energy management.

The league table success is just one of a recent collection of accolades that highlight the University’s green credentials.

Manchester Metropolitan, along with partners, won the best reuse and waste prevention project for the ‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’ campaign, at the Sustainability and Resource Awards. More than £200,000 was raised for charity and almost 2,000kg of food items donated from unwanted goods in student residences.

The MetMunch student food network is also a finalist in the 2017 Green Gown Awards for best Enterprise project, taking place tomorrow (November 15). And over the last year, nearly 300 students have received carbon literacy learning.

Dr John Hindley, Assistant Director of Estates Management and Sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan, said: