The University of Limerick has been ranked at 22 in the world as part of a recent study of green universities. The survey, conducted by Green Metric, aims to provide information regarding the current condition and policies related to Green Campus and Sustainability in the Universities all over the world.
In a recent article I wrote about the success of UL’s campus masterplanning over the past 40 years.
Thousands of universities around the world take part in the survey. These universities include many which already have a presence in other World Universities Rankings, such as THES-QS, Webometrics, and Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking.
The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia which was launched in 2010. As part of its strategy of raising its international standing, the University hosted an International Conference on World University Rankings on 16 April 2009.
It invited a number of experts on world university rankings such as Isidro Aguillo (Webometrics), Angela Yung-Chi Hou (HEEACT), and Alex Usher (Educational Policy Canada). It was clear from the discussions that current criteria being used to rank universities were not giving credit to those that were making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and thus help combat global climate change.
Universities that wish to participate are asked to provide numeric data on a number of criteria that can give a picture of their commitment to the greening of their campus and putting in place environmentally friendly policies that support sustainability.
The criteria include such baseline information as the size of the university, both spatially and in terms of population, the campus location and the amount of green space; and also information on energy use, transport, water use and recycling and waste treatment. In addition, it will ask about efforts being made by the institution towards establishing green policies and management.
It is expected that by drawing the attention of university leaders and stake holders, more attention will be given to combating global climate change, energy and water conservation, waste recycling, and green transportation. Such activities will require change of behaviour and providing more attention to sustainability of the environment, as well as economic and social problem related to the sustainability.
The full ranking can be viewed here: http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/overall-ranking-2016/