Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) Birley Fields campus is nearly complete with the shops on Stretford Road being the last visible works to be completed.
The development of the campus has been promoted highlighting that its planned specification would make it the greenest campus in Europe. 
In MMU's case, inevitably, some of those features did not make it off the plans. If some environmental features do not make it to implementation, its disappointing.
What is interesting with MMU is that it has applied to Manchester City Council to be make exempt from the BREEAM standards when it comes to the shops on Stretford Road.  The BREEAM standard against which the sustainability of new, non-residential buildings in the UK is assessed. 
To deliberately look for exemption from this standard makes MMU's environmental statements more marketing than principle.
They should think again and withdraw their planning request.