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4 July 2008 PR 08/102

Loughborough awarded First Class ‘green’ degree

Loughborough University has been ranked fifth, and awarded a First Class degree for its solid environmental performance, in the People and Planet Green League 2008, published yesterday (3 July).

The University rose a staggering 28 places in this year’s league table of 121 universities, providing a clear demonstration of the University’s burgeoning position as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions for environmental awareness and activity.

The Green League looks at both universities’ commitment to environmental management and at their performance. It takes into consideration nine indicators, including the number of full-time environment staff employed, the percentage of waste recycled and water consumption per head.

Overall Loughborough scored 47.5 points out of a total of 60, gaining ‘gold stars’ in four categories – environmental policy, environmental staff, Fairtrade university status and recycled waste.

“Loughborough began to embrace the sustainability agenda long ago – for instance we were one of, if not the first university in the country to begin using a hundred per cent ‘green’ power back in 2002,” said Andrew Burgess, Director of Estates Services at the University.

“Our ‘green’ commitment has gone from strength to strength and this latest league table ranking consolidates our position as a leader in the field.”

The University’s success in the People and Planet Green League follows Loughborough Students’ Union’s (LSU) 7th place ranking in the Sunday Times Green List 2008, which listed the ‘greenest’ organisations in the UK. LSU was also named winner of the award for the best small company with low environmental impact.

Last September Loughborough was selected to be the headquarters for the Government’s £1 billion national Energy Technologies Institute.

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  1. More information about the People and Planet Green League 2008 can be found at http://peopleandplanet.org/greenleague

  2. People and Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. It consists of groups at universities, colleges and schools, plus many other individual supporters, who campaign and raise awareness about the global issues that matter to them.

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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