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Expert calls for more ethical awareness among graduates

Published: Tuesday, 15 September 2009   Category: Charities

Those deciding on which sectors or companies to apply to when considering a graduate job should consider the effect they may have on the environment with their choice, one expert claims.

Push.co.uk editor Johnny Rich was commenting on the new Higher Education Funding Council for England project which is looking at how universities can reduce their carbon footprint and inspire graduates to do the same.

According to Mr Rich, "many students" already take ethical concerns into account when choosing a university and the institutions should be providing the education necessary to encourage graduates to think of the environment after they leave.

He said: "Sending graduates out into the world without demonstrating that everything we do has an impact on our environment would certainly be a betrayal of this notion of providing a 'universal' education."

Trades Union Congress director Brendan Barber recently said that 'millions' of jobs, which could be taken up by graduates, could be created with the rise of the green sector in the UK.

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