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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Are UK universities sustainable enough? | University - Study International News

What does it mean to be a truly green university? The term ‘green university’ is a broad term used to describe all types of activities that fall under sustainable development by

Which UK university is considered the most sustainable?
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The recent decade has seen many universities worldwide strive to become ‘greener’, as they’re usually responsible for a large population that can have a big impact on the environment in their day-to-day habits.

But the green university concept goes beyond separating waste and using energy-conservation systems. Universities also have an important responsibility to educate students on sustainability issues, as well as play an important role in the development of society, such as migrant issues and workers rights.

According to IMTO News, “The concept implies introducing courses on sustainable development, university redevelopment, and promoting ecological awareness to students and staff...

Universities are measured based on 13 indicators. The biggest weight is given to carbon reduction (15 percent), education for sustainable development (10 percent), environmental auditing and management systems (10 percent), human resources and staff (8 percent), energy sources (8 percent), waste and recycling (8 percent), and water reduction (8 percent).

This is followed by ethical investment and banking (7 percent), managing carbon (7 percent), workers rights (6 percent), staff and student engagement (5 percent), environmental policy and strategy (4 percent), and sustainable food (4 percent).

The latest league table found that out of the 154 UK universities that were ranked on sustainable development, only a third are on track to meet carbon reduction targets by 2020...

For the full league table, please click here.

Source: Study International News