The GreenMetric rankings, published by Universitas Indonesia, were the first attempt to evaluate universities according to their commitment to and support for environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
Western European universities have performed well but Chinese institutions are noticeable by their absence. Indonesia, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei are well represented.
The methodology, which has remained stable since 2010, relies on data provided by universities. There are six criteria:
- Settings and Infrastructure (weighting 15%)
- Energy and Climate Change (21%)
- Waste (18%)
- Water (10%)
- Transportation (18%)
- Education and Research (18%).
The latest edition, which was published last month, is broadly similar to last year. The top five universities overall are:
- Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands
- Nottingham Trent University, UK
- University of Nottingham, UK
- University of Groningen, Netherlands
- University of California Davis, USA.
The top universities in each category are:
- Setting and Infrastructure; Universidad Autonoma De Yucatan, Mexico
- Energy and Climate Change; Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
- Waste; Wageningen University and Research
- Water; Wageningen University and Research
- Transportation; Universita di Bologna
- Education; Politecnico di Torino.