University climbs up the People and Planet Green League 2012

Posted on 28th May 2012

A huge team effort to make the University of Chester’s campuses ‘greener’ places to be has paid off as the institution has climbed up a national eco league.

Students James Taylor, Jenni Moss, James Hando, Sarah Whittaker, Julia Kanerva and Briony Ashton from the University’s People and Planet team.
Students James Taylor, Jenni Moss, James Hando, Sarah Whittaker, Julia Kanerva and Briony Ashton from the University’s People and Planet team.
This academic year has been a real success in terms of making a difference to the University’s ‘green’ credentials. We are looking forward to continuing and building upon the environmental practices already developed.
Jared Allen, Director of Facilities

Thanks to a number of initiatives to improve environmental awareness and a ‘greener’ way of life at its Chester and Warrington Campuses, the University has risen 33 places to be placed 64th in the People and Planet Green League 2012, published today (May 29).

The People and Planet League assesses the environmental and ethical performance of 146 universities, scoring them on their actions and attitudes towards a green living to create the rankings. In the past year, students and staff and members of the University’s Senior Management Team (SMT) have worked together with the results reported back to the People and Planet Green Conference 2012 held on the Main Campus.

Initiatives headed by students and staff include:

  • The Big Green Makeover, worked on by second year Business Studies student James Taylor, which encouraged everyone to think about recycling more and reduce their carbon footprint during day-to-day life at the University.
  • The Veg Out Scheme, developed by third year Human Nutrition student Jenni Moss, which delivered locally sourced fresh food to the Chester and Warrington Campuses
  • Carbon Cutters, led by Professor Roy Alexander and Tamara Hunt, from the Department of Geography and Development Studies, which asked everyone to think about the changes that can be made to make life a little ‘greener’.

The Facilities team has also improved its waste and recycling initiatives while Ian White, Director of Catering and Conference Services has introduced organic milk and eggs into the dining halls.

All the improvement activities have been supported by SMT, Student Support and Guidance, the Students’ Union, Facilities and other departments across the University. All the new activities support and complement the institution’s already existing Carbon Management and Environmental Policies.

Jared Allen, Director of Facilities at the University, said: “This academic year has been a real success in terms of making a difference to the University’s ‘green’ credentials. We are looking forward to continuing and building upon the environmental practices already developed.

“We are really pleased with our placing in the 2012 People and Planet Green League tables and thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff and students across the institution I am confident that we will continue to make a difference.

“For example, we will be introducing clothes bins for students to recycle their unwanted items with the British Heart Foundation. We also have plans for renewable energy schemes and a student ‘switch off’ awareness raising campaign.

Visit http://peopleandplanet.org/green-league-2012/tables to view the People and Planet Green League.