Finally, a university ranking table worth topping

THES logo via THES siteGiven the furore that often attends university rankings, here’s what ought to be an uncontroversial table in which every university ought to seek to do well. The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) and the people & planet campaign have come together to rank the UK’s universities according to their environment performance. In the light of our new government, I wonder how Irish universities might fare on a similar assessment (my employer, TCD, has its green pages here).

People & Planet logo via p&p siteFrom the THES story by Rebecca Attwood:

Leeds Met tops first UK green rankings

Universities are ranked according to their environmental performance for the first time in a new “green” league table.

Published exclusively in The Times Higher to coincide with World Environment Day, the Green League 2007 aims to applaud progress and expose inaction, according to the student campaign group People & Planet, which compiled the data in part by using the Freedom of Information Act.

The table, which ranks universities based on factors such as their record on recycling, CO2 emissions and in purchasing renewable energy, declares Leeds Metropolitan University the UK’s “greenest“.

A total of 15 universities gain a “first”, with a score of 40/50 or above.

Twenty achieve a 2.1, 34 a 2.2, and 19 a third.