Swansea University fails Green exams

Swansea University has been awarded a ‘Fail’ rating in the People & Planet Green League 2011 published today.

The People & Planet Green League 2011 assessed the environmental and ethical performance of 142 universities, scoring them on their actions and attitudes towards green living. Universities were rated on a variety of measures including: Fairtrade, carbon emissions, recycling, energy usage and curriculum.

The highest rated university in Wales was the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), which came 20th in the league and was awarded a “1st”. Bangor University (28th) also scored a 1st. Trinity St David (68th), Swansea Met (94th) and Aberystwyth (111th) also passed the test.

But Swansea University failed miserably coming 122nd and was awarded a ‘Fail’. Cardiff University (130th) and Glyndwr University in Wrexham (134th) also failed.

Keith M Ross of Swansea Green Party commented, “This is a disappointing result for Swansea University.

“Just last year the University was proud to host the ‘Climate Change Consortium of Wales’. A significant part of the action we need to take to deal with Climate Change will be at the domestic level –  changes to the way we live, work and study. Universities have a vital role to play in this by setting the agenda and providing the right examples for future generations.

“It looks like Swansea University has some homework to do on this score.”

Full details of the People & Planet Green League 2011 can be found at: http://peopleandplanet.org/greenleague

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