The Midland’s college came in the top two of the list for the third consecutive year and was singled out for measures including the Green Flag, which it has won for the last 10 years. The university also has spent £800,000 on new cycle paths.
The Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities is produced by the University of Indonesia and features 215 institutions, marked on issues such as the carbon-rating of buildings and computers as well as landscape and urban environment.
Nottingham came second behind the University of Connecticut. It was named the world’s greenest campus in the 2011 list and finished second in 2010. Estates officer Chris Jagger was delighted the uni had made the list for the third year.
"This position reflects the work that we have done over a number of years on improving our environmental performance," he said. "Sustainability is one of the University’s guiding principles and our position in the league reflects our holistic approach."
The University Park is described by the college as "English Landscape". Although no area is authentically eighteenth century, it has the main parkland components of rolling grassland, clumps of trees, water features and long grass and wild areas to encourage biodiversity.
This result follows the 42,000-student University scooping the award for outstanding contribution to sustainable development at the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. Universities of Plymouth, Bath, Sussex and Bangor also came within the top 20.