Coventry University has been named as the seventh most sustainable university in the UK and been shortlisted as a finalist in the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards 2019 Research With Impact category.
The People & Planet’s University League is the only independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. Coventry University achieved a ‘1st class’ ranking in the Green League in 2012 and has been placed in the top category since then.
Nigel Alcock, Chief Operating Officer Corporate Services, said:
“We are extremely proud to have achieved our highest ever ranking in the People and Planet University League, with 100% score cards in both environmental policy and auditing. This result reflects the ongoing level of work and commitment to sustainability from our staff and students across the university. Critical to this success has been our ongoing measures to reduce carbon, maximise positive environmental impacts through our operations, and supporting students to gain the skills and knowledge to be able to benefit society and be equipped to respond sustainability challenges.”
The university’s second accolade is from the Green Gown Awards, which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
The university project ‘Promoting sustainability within the cut-flower industry’ results from Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) working closely with a range of industry, government and NGO stakeholders on initiatives to improve sustainability within cut-flower supply chains.
These actions have impacts locally within the UK and internationally within countries such as South Africa and Kenya, where much of their research work is based.
Professor Lyndon Simkin, CBiS executive director said:
“Our team have done a fantastic job in bringing all of these different organisations together to achieve a shared purpose. Their work has involved running a series of successful workshops with industry stakeholders, which have resulted in initiatives to reduce carbon and water footprints, promote biodiversity and improve the socio-economic status of workers in the cut-flower sector.”
Winners and highly commended entries will be announced at the Green Gown Awards 2019 on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at the Glasgow Science Centre.