Glasgow University

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  • The first Scottish university to get energy-efficiency accreditation (in 1998), Glasgow draws almost 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • Recognized by HEEPI for its sustainable procurement practices [PDF], the school has ensured that construction of new buildings involves energy assessments and energy-saving designs.
  • What the school is doing to make a difference?

    • Nearly 50% of its electricity comes from green sources, which saves around 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
    • The entire campus operates a policy of mandatory paper recycling. It produces on average 3,500 tonnes of waste per year, and the savings we make from recycling are re-invested into future environmental projects.
    • They operate a Green Transport Policy that is designed to encourage all staff and students to both reduce hydrocarbon consumption and, at the same time, improve health though increased exercise. See:
    • Bower Building with detail of flowersTheir award-winning environmentally friendly lighting system within the Wolfson Medical School Building uses glass walls, meaning that lighting is not needed during the day, but at night is controlled centrally to use as little electricity as possible.
    • They are engaged in ground-breaking research into sustainability. Our Scottish Centre for Ecology & the Natural Environment is a showcase for sustainable design. It recently received the Carbon Trust Scottish Low Carbon Building Award, and an ‘excellent’ rating for the sustainability of its design from the Building Research Executive.
    • The students can get involved in green issues through initiatives such as the student-run Dirty Weekenders Conservation Society.

    The university's green credentials

    • Glasgow was the first Scottish university to be Energy Accredited in 1998.
    • The Higher Education Funding Council named us the most energy efficient higher education institution in the UK in 2005.
    • They are only the second university in Scotland to achieve Fairtrade status.
    • Their catering is accredited through the Sunflower Standard by the UK Vegan Society: we are the first University to gain such an award. 



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