Sunderland University jumps in green league

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SUNDERLAND University is among the greenest in the land, according to a new league table.

It has been ranked among the top 50 green universities in the UK, in the 2011 People and Planet Green League Tables.

Sunderland has jumped from 77th last year to 47th.

Durham was 41st, Newcastle and Teesside joint 63rd, and Northumbria 107, out of 142.

Among the criteria were environmental policy, carbon management, staff and student engagement, renewable energy, waste and recycling.

Sunderland scored highly for initiatives such as being one of the first universities in the UK to produce a Corporate Social Responsibility charter.

It was also the first in the region to sign up to the Higher Education Carbon Management Programme.

Sunderland recently committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 48 per cent by 2020.

Since 2005 it has reduced gas and electricity usage by 24.8 per cent, saving about £400,000 per year.

Shirley Atkinson, deputy vice-chancellor responsible for resources, said the People and Planet ranking was “wonderful news for the University of Sunderland, and reflects our commitment to be seen as a leader in environmental awareness, research and sustainability”.