Birmingham City University has become one of ten UK universities to be awarded the EcoCampus Platinum award, marking the institution’s achievements in improving environmental performance and practice.
EcoCampus is the leading national environment management system and award scheme for the higher and further education sectors, enabling universities to identify, evaluate, manage and improve their environmental activity and duties.
The EcoCampus Platinum award is the equivalent to achieving the International Standard 14001, used by companies worldwide. Rebecca Cottington, Environmental Officer at Birmingham City University, said: “Implementing this system has allowed us to take a more structured approach to environment management and the University has had a number of successes in this area this year.”
The University has achieved a 19.4% reduction in carbon emissions from energy use in buildings when compared to 2005/06 and a 37% reduction in our water use since 2005/06.
The EcoCampus Platinum award follows on from Birmingham City University receiving a First Class Honours in 2012 in the People and Planet University Green League table, published in the Guardian newspaper.