Awards and accreditations
2017 People & Planet 2:2
The institution rose from 132 to 83rd in the People and Planet University League 2017, scoring highly for sustainable food, and engagement and education.
There were also reductions in the use of carbon, water and energy sources, as well as a 75% rise in the number of ‘green champions’ or sustainable staff.
The People & Planet Green League is the most comprehensive assessment of a university’s sustainability credentials in the sector. Institutions are judged across a broad range of criteria such as campus performance on water consumption and energy usage, whilst also taking into account areas such as environmental policies, ethical investment, carbon management, sustainable food, and teaching and learning.
We are committed to improving our position in this league table and have already taken steps to refocus and investigate our environmental actions. Improving our position is a key priority for the newly establish Sustainability Action Working Group and ensuring a greener and more environmentally sustainable approach is undertaken in all that we do.
The University has also signed up to the Welsh Governments Code of Practise on Ethical Employment in the Supply Chain and Modern Slavery Act which is the worlds largest open data register committed to ending modern slavery and supply chain labour abuses. A copy of the University’s Action plan to implement the 11 commitments within the Code of Practice pertinent to Universities can be read here Ethical employment in the supply chain initiative
British Astronomy Society
Wrexham Glyndŵr University has received an award from the British Astronomy Society for the fitting of new specialised outside lamps which shine downwards, thus reducing light pollution in the surrounding area.
Wrexham Area Civic Society Award for Sustainability
The university was also presented with a Wrexham Area Civic Society award for sustainability. The society described the Centre for Creative Industries building as "a striking and successful piece of modern architecture".
At the heart of the building, from day one of its design has been its sustainable features. The ‘green’ sedum roof is the most visible of these, but it also houses a number of additional environmental benefits.
All toilets are supplied from recycled rainwater collected from the roof, air to air source heat pumps are used to provide heating and the green roof provides a high thermal mass which reduces the demand for quick response energy.
Green Impact empowers individuals and departments to reduce their environmental impact by encouraging, rewarding and celebrating environmental improvements. Green Impact challenges the university to implement a number of easy, practical actions that will help the environment.
Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Students Union take part each academic year. Last year they received a Good and this year, we are very pleased to announce, they received a score of 315 and an EXCELLENT award.
The University was officially awarded Fairtrade University Status on Monday 29th January 2018. The Fairtrade Foundation commented on our application,
“Well done, you have provided us with an incredibly detailed set of policies that extensively illustrate your commitment to Fairtrade and the steps put in place to ensure that a high standard of ethical practice is maintained. We are impressed by your motivation and it is great to see the possible collaboration with Wrexham’s Fairtrade group”.
Thanks to those who choose Fairtrade on a daily basis and those who have made the change to Fairtrade in support of this campaign, together we have achieved Fairtrade University Status. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Read more on Fairtrade at WGU here