SHEFFIELD: Hallam in green universities top 20

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SHEFFIELD Hallam is one of the greenest universities around - rated in the top 20 nationally in a respected UK-wide ranking system.

Hallam has won a First Class Award after being ranked 19 out of 145 institutions in the People & Planet Green League 2012 - the country’s only comprehensive and independent green ranking of universities.

It will receive the award at a special ‘graduation ceremony’ to be held in Westminster on Thursday, June 21.

The People & Planet Green League assesses the environmental and ethical performance of all universities annually, awarding First Class ‘degrees’ to the greenest and a ‘Fail’ to those doing the least.

Sheffield Hallam is one of 46 institutions to achieve a ‘First’ in 2012 - 10 more than last year despite a higher points threshold.

Mark Swales, director of estates and facilities at the university, said: “We are delighted with this result in the People and Planet Green League as it shows such a huge improvement on an already impressive position in these areas of sustainability.”

Since 2005 Sheffield Hallam has dramatically reduced carbon emissions by 11 per cent, water consumption by 40 per cent and waste generated by 28 per cent despite increases in the size of the estate and student population.

Nationally, the People & Planet Green League table reveals the university sector has cut carbon emissions for the first time, recording a five per cent reduction compared to 2011 results since 2005.

Louise Hazan, who compiled the league, said: “Congratulations to all the staff and students at Sheffield Hallam for their role in creating one of the greenest universities the UK has ever seen.”

At Sheffield Hallam there are numerous courses, from business to built environment, which include elements relating to sustainability.