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Serious about sustainability

19 June 2009

Hands holding soil and plant

Cardiff University’s commitment to sustainability has been recognised in the Green League table.

The University has accelerated 67 places from last year’s ranking of 84th to 17th in the annual People and Planet Green League table published in Times Higher Education.

The University seeks to bring about positive change through the management of a sustainable campus and a world-leading programme of research, learning and teaching which addresses a wide range of sustainability issues.

The table assesses universities on a number of categories including environmental policy, energy sources, water management and Fairtrade policy.

Cardiff is a Fairtrade University and has introduced a number of sustainable measures including a network of Eco Champions promoting sustainability issues and a lift share scheme for staff, detailed on the University’s sustainability webpages.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "The University recognises its responsibilities and potential to create a sustainable future, demonstrated in the research and teaching that we undertake and the principles of sustainable development that we pursue.

"The implementation of the Environmental Management System, for example, furthers our sustainability aims and will help ensure the entire campus is effectively evaluating and controlling its impact on the environment."

The University’s Environmental Management System is to be rolled out on the Cathay’s Campus. The system, already well established at the Heath Park Campus, aims to identify and address all environmental impacts arising from University activities. It will enable the University to further its work towards a more sustainable campus by extending its commitment to reducing waste, the efficient use of energy and water and utilising resources in a sustainable manner.

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