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21 May 2008 PR 08/65

Loughborough Students’ Union named in Sunday Times Green List top ten

Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) has been named as the 7th ‘greenest’ organisation in the country, in the Sunday Times Green List 2008, published on 18 May.

It was also named winner of the award for the best small company with low environmental impact.

The Sunday Times Green List is the newspaper’s first-ever competition to find companies that are striving to improve their environmental performance. Entrants competed across five contests to win a place on the list of 50 Best Green Companies. It is hoped that the listed companies will provide a blueprint for British business on how to minimise its environmental impact.

Richard Caseby, Managing Editor of The Sunday Times, says: “We launched this venture to reflect the changing mood in the business world. Today it is not enough simply to make a profit for shareholders. Companies have a wider responsibility to ensure that they minimise the environmental impact of what they do. Consumers, clients and peers expect it.”

LSU’s widespread commitment to and increased awareness of environmental issues led to its top ten ranking in the list, ahead of big name companies such as Canon and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Steve Black, Students’ Union Vice President (Finance and Commercial Services) said: “We were truly amazed to receive such a prestigious award.  Our ranking is a credit to the hard work and dedication of all our staff.

“We have made a commitment to improve our environmental impacts and hope that Loughborough Students’ Union will lead the way for many other organisations to follow.”

Over the last two years, LSU has achieved a huge 35% cut in energy consumption and doubled its recycling.

Earlier this month the Union held its annual Reality Check week – an awareness campaign to drive down the environmental impact of the union staff, as well as the university students and staff. This year it included offering free bike checks and information on car-sharing, handing out free energy-saving light bulbs and holding a clothes swapping session.

The Union also holds weekly competitions in conjunction with imago, the University’s hall management section, to encourage recycling on campus and to reduce energy consumption. Students’ greenness is monitored and those who recycle the most and use the least energy are rewarded with a donation to a charity of their choice.

The Sunday Times accolade follows that from NUS Services Limited Sound Impact Awards, which has named Loughborough Students’ Union the greenest students’ union in the UK for the past two years.

It is also a further demonstration of the campus’s commitment to sustainability. Last September Loughborough, as part of the Midlands Consortium with Birmingham and Nottingham universities, was selected to host the headquarters of the Government’s Energy Technologies Institute – a £1 billion initiative to help the UK reduce its carbon footprint.

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  1. Further information about the Sunday Times Green List can be found at http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/related_reports/best_green_companies/

  2. 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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