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People and Planet League

The People and Planet University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by their environmental and ethical performance. The University of Chester is currently ranked in 62nd place out of 154 institutions and received a 2:2 award class. Having previously held a first class position in 2017, we aim to improve our position through implementing an Environmental Magement System. Find out more about the People & Planet League Table here.

Fossil Free Declaration

In April 2017 the University joined 48 other UK Universities in pledging our commitment to not invest in Fossil Fuel industries. So far 76 universities have committed to divest from fossil fuels in some form.

We think it is important that efforts are made to stay within the parameters of 1.5-2 degrees limit of global warming as stated in the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015. We have therefore decided to confirm our commitment to the Fossil Free Declaration and, in doing so, our aspiration to be a part of the transition to a low-carbon economy. The University also set out its Policy for Socially Responsible Investment

Green Gown Awards

The EAUC run the Green Gown Awards, established in 2004 and recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by Universities and Colleges. The University of Chester has entered the awards and has been winners and highly commended for a number of inititatives. 

Year Award Title
2014   Student Engagement - How to turn the tap off with a trashion show!
2016 Student Champion - Karen Elliott
2016 Highly Commended - Student Research and Development - Alex Lerczak
2016 Winner Food & Drink - Encouraging sustainability through hospitality: the Chester Way
2017 Highly Commended - Carbon Reduction - Lights, Solar, Action
2017 Highly Commended Just the VEGANing
2017 Highly Commended Sustainability Champion - Shaunagh Smith
2019 Benefitting Society -  Caring Cups for the Chester Community
2019 Campus Health, Food and Drink - Doing it the Chester Way - Championing Sustainable Palm Oil
2019 Student Engagement - 'Students Give it Some Welly' with Community Conservation Projects
2019 Sustainability Champion of the Year - Staff - Lauren Holmes


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Achieved working towards Responsible Futures Accreditation, June 2020

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Green Gown Awards Finalists 2019
Green Gown Awards Finalists 2019