The University of Worcester has once again been named one of the most sustainable in the country.

The university has been awarded first class honours for environmental sustainability for the 14th consecutive year in the recently published People & Planet national rankings.

The league ranks 151 UK institutions, with Worcester placing ninth in the 2023/24 table.


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The vice chancellor and chief executive of the university, Professor David Green CBE DL, said: "The University is committed to taking every practical measure to promote environmental sustainability.

"We promote biodiversity, use science and modern technology to harness the sun’s energy to generate electricity and warm water, contribute to flood management and alleviation and much besides.

"We are very grateful to our students, staff and partners who are outstanding in combining commitment with scientific understanding and technical expertise."

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People & Planet ranks universities based on various parameters including environmental policy, carbon management, how sustainable food is produced, waste and recycling, energy sources, reduction of carbon and water use and how the institution instils an understanding of sustainability within its students.

Alongside the accolade, the university also bagged the Silver award in the Green Apple Environment Awards, marking its seventh victory.

Judged on their efforts to enhance biodiversity on campus, Worcester's many initiatives are noted for fostering wildlife through strategic planting of wildflowers and plants.

In addition, the University won two highly commended awards at the annual Green Gown awards, celebrating their initiatives promoting biodiversity and how it ensures sustainability metrics remain a predominant aspect of its everyday operations.

In 2019 the university was named Sustainability Institution of the Year in the Green Gown Awards for the UK and Ireland, before later going on to be Globally Highly Commended at the 2020 International Green Gown Awards at the United Nations in New York.

The university is noted for its redevelopment of the former Print Factory and Worcester News building into a highly sustainable modern Health and Medicine building, and the nearby University of Worcester Arena, with 100 operational electric vehicle charging points.

The array of charging points is one of the largest outside the Western Europe motorway network.