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University reduces environmental impact

06 February 2012

To coincide with the launch of Go Green Week (6-12 February 2012), Canterbury Christ Church University has today announced the receipt of funding from the Revolving Green Fund (RGF) to further reduce its carbon emissions and improve its energy efficiency.

With £158,000 awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Christ Church is one of only 27 Higher Education Institutions to receive funding from the RGF. The funding will be used to make changes across Christ Church’s campuses with projects for voltage optimisation and energy efficient lighting and adds to projects already underway for solar panels and biomass boilers.

The funding builds on the First Class Honours award in the 2011 ‘People and Planet Green League’, a league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. The University moved into the top group of UK Universities, ranking 31st out of 142.  

Professor Tony Lavender, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised by the Revolving Green Fund with the award of funding to make further changes to improve environmental impact throughout our campuses”.

“The activities of Go Green week and our ranking in the Green League are a clear reflection of the efforts of a large number of staff and students and Chris Church’s commitment to sustainability.”

Throughout Go Green Week, Canterbury Christ Church University will be hosting a variety of events to promote ‘green thinking’ and sustainability, including a staff swap shop, a green-themed photo contest, tea parties and a craft fair to help students and staff be more aware of their impact on the environment.

To keep up-to-date with the activities during the week, visit www.cccusustainability.wordpress.com or follow the #cccugogreen on Twitter.

For more information about Canterbury Christ Church University’s sustainability commitment visit: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/sustainable-development

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Notes to Editor

For more information about the RGF and HEFCE, visit:  http://www.hefce.ac.uk/lgm/sustain/rgf/

The People and Planet’s Green League

The People & Planet’s Green League is the only comprehensive league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. It is compiled annually by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet.

Go Green Week

Go Green Week is People & Planet’s annual national week of action on climate change in schools, colleges and universities.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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