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MMU is gaining a reputation for environmental sustainability after jumping 10 more places in a UK green league.

Rapid changes to energy efficiency, recycling, sustainable design and corporate policy have seen MMU promoted to 57th out of 135 British universities.

One of the fastest improvers, MMU rose from 91st in 2007 to 67 last year and is now outperforming the likes of Oxford, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester in its commitment to protect the planet.

John Hindley, the University's sustainability manager, said: "Our rise is testament to massive combined efforts across the university from management, academics, support staff, and students."

Zero waste

The team recently introduced a new energy rating scheme for more than 100 university buildings. The Display Energy Certificate, which rates buildings, A-G shows occupants how efficient their building is.

The 'Zero Waste' project, involving over 4,000 students in MMU and private halls of residence recycling clothes, shoes, CDs, plastics, books and appliances.

The university will shortly appoint a travel manager and a waste and recycling manager to support work with a recently-appointed carbon reduction manager.

On sustainable design, the University's new plans for a super-campus in Hulme promise the "greenest campus in the UK", with an ambition of zero carbon, natural heating and water supply.

The 'Green League 2009' was compiled by People and Planet and can be viewed in full here.

Solar power

Alex Fountain, of the MMU branch of People and Planet, said: "It's really positive that MMU has moved up another ten places on the green league this year.

"Successes this year include installing solar photovoltaic panels to power the Students Union, working towards a greener curriculum and a forthcoming project called the 'Big Student Switch Off' involving 2,500 students saving energy in halls."

However there was there is still a lot of room for progression, he said, particularly in ethical investment, waste management and environmental auditing.

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