Bangor University among the world’s greenest

The area in front of the Environment Centre Wales building is sown with wild flowers.: copyright Iwan Williams.The area in front of the Environment Centre Wales building is sown with wild flowers.: copyright Iwan Williams.Bangor University has been placed 22nd in a global league table of the world’s greenest universities.

The UI Green Metric, produced by Universitas Indonesia highlights sustainability and environmental management at universities around the globe and measures each participating university’s commitment in developing an ‘environmentally friendly’ infrastructure,

Bangor University has risen 6 places in the latest table, which now, for the first time includes over 400 universities worldwide.

The University is also placed fifth in the world for its campus setting and infrastructure. This is one of the 11 indicators in the table and reflects the university’s environmental policies and whether the University can be truly described as a green environment.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor John G Hughes said:

“I am delighted that Bangor continues to rise in the table. We join five other universities in the UK in leading the way in ‘greening’ the international higher education sector. Our further rise in the table demonstrates our ongoing commitment to taking positive action in promoting sustainability and achieving continual environmental improvement.”

Ricky Carter, Environmental Manager in the Estates and Facilities Department added:

College ParkCollege Park“This latest news demonstrates that we are continuing to make significant progress in the management of our environment, not only at home but globally. We are reducing our energy use and carbon footprint annually, and we are now recycling more waste than ever as we continue to maintain our Green Dragon and ISO14001 environmental certifications.  This league table is a testament to our wider commitment to a sustainable Wales, a sustainable UK and a sustainable world”.

Director of Sustainability at Bangor University, Dr Einir Young responded to the announcement saying:

“I welcome this excellent news, our efforts in driving environmental improvements and resource efficiencies throughout the organisation continue to show dividends. We recognise that the environment is just one aspect of the sustainable development agenda, and we are focussing our efforts on integrating sustainable practice into everything we do, through our research, our teaching and our own supply chain. In doing so we are contributing to the Welsh Government’s aspiration to ensure the well-being of future generations.

Publication date: 4 February 2016