Green agenda awarded international accreditation

The University of Plymouth's commitment to sustainability and the green agenda has been officially recognised with the award of the international accreditation standard for environmental management.

The University, which is already named as the overall best performing UK university in the People and Planet Green Universities League, has achieved ISO 14001 certification.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that provides a framework for organisations to control and improve their environmental performance and has been developed in response to rising concern about the effect business activities are having on the world in which we live.

The certification covers all aspects of the University's operations including facilities, food preparation, heating, lighting, water, cleaning, waste management, sustainability issues and the incorporation of environmental education in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Purcell said; "ISO 14001 accreditation further underlines our commitment to continually improving our environmental efforts by identifying and reducing the environmental impact of our operations. As the enterprise university, we recognise our wider obligations to society and our aim is to become an exemplar in sustainability, social responsibility and responsible business practice - engaging with our wider community and continually monitoring, improving and sharing our achievements."

With the support of the University's Centre for Sustainable Futures, a government awarded Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the University has embedded sustainable development such as energy conservation, waste and procurement policies in all areas of the curriculum and turned the University's already strong sustainability agenda into a declared University policy priority.

This latest accolade follows the University's recent success in the national Green Gown Awards 2009 where it was named as a finalist in categories including Corporate Social Responsibility, ICT and Continuous Improvement.

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