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HUDDERSFIELD University has done well in the Green Universities League Table 2011 published this week by The Guardian and available on www.peopleandplanet.org.uk The university came in the top 10% of 142, joint 14th with Bradford. Only Leeds Metropolitan did better in Yorkshire.

A dozen environmental criteria had to be met in the 'examination' - environmental policy including environmentally friendly staffing and auditing, ditto the curriculum, ethical investment and purchasing and sustainable utilisation of food, water, energy and waste and carbon emissions management.

Huddersfield scored 43 points compared with the top score of 53 by Nottingham Trent University.

Leeds University managed only 'Lower Second Class Honours', coming 101st - slipping badly from last year's position of 25th. Leeds's newest university, Trinity University College, at Horsforth, brought up the tail end, coming joint last at 120th, among the 'Third Class Honours' along with Oxford University - half a point off a Fail.

Oxford's old buildings and new science labs must have detracted from its pioneering purchasing of CO2-free green electricity - one of the largest users of green electricity in Europe.

The Green League Table is compiled by a student organisation based in Oxford, People and Planet, which is also now spreading its network to schools and sixth form colleges.

It would be interesting to see a 'Green Schools' league table in due course for the 150-plus schools in Kirklees.

Perhaps Kirklees Council, an authority with green aspirations, will oblige? KENN WINTER, BSC MRTPI Lindley

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2011
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