People and Planet Green League 2012 is the UK’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities unveiled today (29 May) in The Guardian. The University will receive the award at a special graduation ceremony to be held in Westminster on 21 June, which will be attended by the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources) Donald Harley and Energy and the Environment Manager, Adam Higgin.
Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL said: “This is brilliant news. We are delighted that Bedfordshire has received a First Class Award, up from a 2:1 Award last year, confirming our continued year-on-year improvement in this independent table. We will continue to work to improve our environmental and ethical performance.
“In the past five years, the University has invested some £400,000 in carbon reduction projects above and beyond low/zero carbon technologies into our new campus buildings, including the £34m Campus Centre and £40m student accommodation at the Luton campus.
“The University is also investing in latest low and zero carbon technologies in the construction of a state-of-the-art £20m Postgraduate and Continuing and Professional Development Centre, on course to open in early 2013.”
Louise Hazan, who compiled the People and Planet Green League, said: “Congratulations to everyone at the University of Bedfordshire for their role in creating one of the greenest universities the UK has ever seen. Their success in reducing carbon emissions is exemplary.”