Guardian ranks Swansea as one of ten greenest universities in UK

Swansea University is now ranked as one of the top ten greenest Universities in the UK.

The People and Planet University League ranking, published today in The Guardian has seen the University rise from 21st place to 10th place since last year. 

The People and Planet University League awards UK universities degree-style classifications based on their environmental and ethical management and performance.  The ranking is important as students want the university they choose to be a ‘sustainable’ institution.

Raymond Ciborowski, Registrar at Swansea University, said: “We are absolutely delighted to reach the top ten in The People and Planet University League awards. Much of this improvement is down to staff and student engagement in numerous initiatives and projects, helping us demonstrate our commitment to the wellbeing of future generations in Wales and the wider world”.

The University scored full marks in the areas of Environmental Policy and Environmental Management and was the first University in Wales to gain the status of ‘Platinum Ecocampus’ alongside its ISO14001 Accreditation. Full marks were also awarded for Engagement (the University’s sustainability work with students reached the finals of the UK Green Gown Awards, and almost 500 students are now actively working with the Sustainability Team at the University). The University has also made great strides in improving waste and recycling over the last three years as a result of more segregation and education, with the University’s overall recycling rate rising from 36% to 56% over a three year period.

Dr Heidi Smith, the University’s Head of Sustainability and Staff Wellbeing said: "Swansea University is thrilled with its continued improvement in this league table.  Over the last five years we have risen rapidly in this field and are now exemplary amongst UK universities in demonstrating best practice.

“We have adopted an integrated approach to personal wellbeing and wider sustainability issues, which seems to be paying dividends. We have recently launched our SWell (Sustainability and Wellbeing) engagement programme to staff and have over 20% (and growing) of staff signed up. This demonstrates how our fantastic University community really cares about health - their own, that of the local community, and that of the planet!”