Nottingham Trent University tops Green League

Student at work in front of Nottingham Trent University's Newton and Arkwright buildings
Image caption It is the second time Nottingham Trent University has topped the UK universities Green League

Nottingham Trent University has been named the most environmentally friendly and ethical in the UK.

The university topped the People & Planet's annual Green League published in the Guardian.

The university was praised for its commitment to becoming a low-carbon and low-energy institution.

Universities were ranked according to 13 criteria including environmental policy, ethical investment, energy sources and waste and recycling.

Wildlife haven

Nottingham Trent University says it recycles 78% of its waste and purchases 92% of its energy from renewable sources.

It aims to cut its carbon emissions by 48% by the year 2020-21.

Grant Anderson, environmental manager at Nottingham Trent University, said: "We've been working very hard to keep reducing the university's environmental impact."

The award-winning £90m Newton and Arkwright buildings use natural light and green technologies, with the Newton building having a "green" sedum roof to act as a natural insulator and provide a haven for wildlife.

Louise Hazan, from People and Planet, said: "Nottingham Trent University is clearly committed to making the low-carbon transition that's so essential for the sector."

It is the second time in three years that Nottingham Trent University has been ranked number one in the Green League.

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