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Birkbeck jumps 20 places in the People & Planet University League Table 2019

The College scored a ‘2:1’ in the environmental and ethical performance rankings.

This week, People & Planet published their rankings for 2019, a list that scores universities based on their efforts towards sustainability. The College was ranked 35 out of 154 institutions and given a score of 51.3%, an increase from the previous rankings which saw Birkbeck placed at 55.

People & Planet rank universities across the UK on their commitment to sustainable practices in a variety of aspects including; policy, staffing, carbon management, education and carbon and water reduction. They are the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice.

This year Birkbeck scored highly for its commitment to environmental auditing and management systems (100%), waste and recycling (87.5%) and carbon (77.5%) and waste reduction (67%). The university was ranked from data collected and made public by the university, the Higher Education Statistics Agency and other verified sources.

Joshua West, Sustainability Officer at Birkbeck, said:

“At Birkbeck we are taking strides to ensure we are having a positive environmental, social, and economic impact, both at a local and international level. We are very pleased to see Birkbeck continuing to perform well in the People and Planet University League, which reflects our continued commitments, and hard work by our staff and students. We are especially proud of our achievements in reducing carbon emissions across the estate and supporting the catering team to embed sustainability throughout their operations.

“As always there is still work to be done, and we are excited to be putting plans together which will outline our long-term aims for Birkbeck to continue stridently along this sustainability trajectory.”

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