Rankings Reveal Most Sustainable Campuses in the World

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The University of Connecticut ranked at the top of a list of the most sustainable campuses in the world, according to results of the University of Indonesia’s GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, released this month. Five other American universities ranked in the top 10, including Northeastern University (Mass.); the University of California, Los Angeles; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and the University of California, Merced.

This is the third year UI has released the ranking, which is one of several sustainability rankings in higher education. It scores institutions’ efforts in categories including green statistics, energy and climate change, waste management, water usage, transportation, and energy. This year, the field included 215 universities from 49 countries that applied online, an increase from last year’s 178 universities from 42 countries.

At UConn, the GreenMetric score in the education category was more than double that of most of the other institutions and “clearly helped propel UConn to the top of the list,” shares Richard A. Miller, director of environmental policy at UConn. The institution hosts myriad sustainability events, including the inaugural week-long series of speakers and events known as CIMA (Climate Impact, Mitigation, and Adaptation) held last year. Other events include the Earth Day Spring Fling held each April, basketball “Green Game Days,” and the annual EcoMadness inter-dorm energy and water conservation competition.

The education score considers not only sustainability courses and funded research, but also related publications, websites, events, and student organizations.