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This recognition underscores the institution's commitment to sustainability, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship.

The People and Planet University League is a comprehensive and independent assessment of higher education institutions in the UK, evaluating their efforts and achievements in promoting sustainable practices, reducing carbon footprints, and fostering positive social impact.

The University of Birmingham's 2:2 rating demonstrates its dedication to sustainability across campus, teaching, and operational practices, and an ongoing commitment to creating a positive and lasting impact on the environment and society.

Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability

Today's announcement builds on the University's recent success, where it secured the 35th position in the 2024 QS World Sustainability Ranking. Additionally, the University's River Cole Community Commons project received high commendation at the UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards 2023.

Key highlights of the University of Birmingham's sustainability progress include:

  • Campus practices: The University has implemented a range of greener practices on its campus, including improving energy efficiency in buildings, waste reduction programs, and a continued focus on improving green spaces to promote biodiversity.
  • Innovative research: The University of Birmingham is at the forefront of sustainability research, contributing to the global body of knowledge on environmental conservation, renewable energy, and social responsibility.
  • Student engagement: The University actively involves students in sustainability efforts through course content, placement opportunities, community outreach, and other initiatives that empower the student body to make a positive impact on the world.
  • Carbon reduction strategies: The institution has implemented ambitious plans to reduce its carbon footprint, demonstrating a commitment to combatting climate change and promoting a more sustainable future.

We are delighted to receive this recognition from the People and Planet University League. It reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire university community in embracing sustainability as a core value. This accomplishment demonstrates our commitment to creating a positive and sustainable impact on the world around us.

Professor David Hannah, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Sustainability

The People and Planet University League Awards serve as an important benchmark for assessing and celebrating the efforts of higher education institutions in creating a more sustainable and socially responsible future.

For more information visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/sustainability