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Published: 11 June 2013

Surrey celebrates its own ‘first class degree’ in sustainability

The University of Surrey leaps 13 places in ‘green university’ league table. Surrey has climbed the league tables once again: this time named 34th out of the UK’s 143 most environmentally-friendly universities.

The People & Planet Green League 2013 – the UK’s only independent green ranking for universities – has for the first time placed Surrey in the league’s first class category.

Previously ranked at 47th (in the league’s 2:1 category), Surrey’s rise of 13 places reflects the university’s passion for embedding sustainability into every aspect of campus life.

In compiling the rankings, the Green League assesses the environmental and ethical performances of all universities across a wide range of criteria. This year, Surrey has maintained 100% scores for its environmental policy, environmental staff and ethical investments, while improving its score in the sustainable food and education & learning categories.

Achieving full marks in the sustainable food category has been especially gratifying for the University, as this underlines all the hard work invested in winning the Soil Association’s Bronze Food of Life Catering Mark. This accreditation guarantees that menus across the University’s food outlets are at least 75% homemade, with all products locally sourced, meats farm assured and fish purchased from sustainable sources.

Other recent sustainable initiatives that have helped Surrey to climb the Green League rankings include a successful ‘re-use’ campaign, run in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which saw a massive 20 tonnes of items collected on campus and re-sold in BHF shops.

Green League spokesperson Louise Hazan commented: “The University of Surrey is helping to drive up environmental and ethical standards for the higher education sector as a whole.”