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NSBM’s new education partner in Sri Lanka has been named as one of the UK’s top performing ‘green’ universities. Plymouth University shares NSBM’s vision to put sustainability at the heart of everything it does across research, education and campus operations at Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘University Green Town’ campus.
The annual People & Planet University Green League ranked Plymouth University second out of 145 universities. The University retains the accolade of being the national UK league’s top overall performer since it began.Building on its Fairtrade and ISO14000:1 status, the University is now entering into new territory with its winning ‘three way’ approach as it recognises that sustainability is not just about the environment, but also financial and social responsibility.
Plymouth University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Purcell, who recently gave a keynote on sustainability to an international UNESCO audience said; “We have a strong culture of partnership working – it is about students, staff and community working together across operations, research and the curriculum. We are turning our ambitions into actions and now have the opportunity to share our learning. We very much look forward to using our award winning sustainability expertise to help provide a first class student experience in Sri Lanka.”
Sustainability synergies have been created across the University with cutting edge research enriching operational strategies whether it is carbon management, food, travel or water. In turn, this is inspiring experiential learning opportunities with students playing a key role in conducting research.
The University has also launched a new sustainability research institute which will focus on ‘real world’ challenges including sustainable transport, international development, climate change and low carbon development, which British Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said would ‘cement Plymouth’s position as a leading centre for innovation and research.’
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