19 December 2017
The latest GreenMetric ranking from Universitas Indonesia has just been announced with Wageningen University and Research Centre taking the lead from the University of California Davis.
These rankings are rather unusual in that they measure universities’ commitment to environmental sustainability. There are six sets of indicators:
- Setting and infrastructure (15%), including campus setting and budget for sustainability
- Energy and Climate Change (21%), including smart building implementation and electricity usage
- Waste (18%), including toxic waste handling and sewage disposal
- Water (10%), including water conservation and recycling
- Transportation (18%), including campus shuttle service and bicycle and pedestrian policy
- Education (18%), including courses and research funds related to the environment and sustainability.
Universities in the United States and Western Europe take the top twenty places. The top scoring Asian institution is Shandong Normal University – Lishan College in 21st place.
The overall top five this year are:
- Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands
- University of Nottingham, UK
- University of California Davis, USA
- University of Bradford, UK
- Nottingham Trent University, UK.
One interesting aspect of these rankings is that universities are grouped into various settings.
The top university in each setting is:
Rural; University of Connecticut, USA
Suburban; Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands
Urban; University of Nottingham, UK
City Centre; University of Oxford, UK
High Rise; National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan.