For the last seven years the Universitas Indonesia has been ranking institutions of higher learning in terms of sustainability. The ranking is called the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking.
The idea of this ranking system was born out of a 2009 conference hosted by the school. The “International Conference on World University Rankings” addressed the fact that many school rankings failed to include carbon reduction efforts.
GreenMetric rankings were inspired by the United States Green Report Card which graded 300 schools on their sustainability performance. However, the Universitas Indonesia’s green school ranking system is different from the United States Green Report Card in that it assigns includes tens of thousands of universities and yields numerical scores for easy comparisons.
Universitas Indonesia champions green campuses and sustainability in schools. They believe that universities are leading the way towards a more sustainability focused future.
The goal of the ranking system is to combat climate change by promoting school policies and behaviors that reduce emissions, increase recycling and facilitate green transportation, as well as conservation in the areas of energy, water, and waste.
Here are the top 50 for 2016
1 University of California Davis
2 University of Nottingham
3 Wageningen University & Research
4 University of Connecticut
5 University of Oxford
6 Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien
7 Keele University
8 University of California Berkeley
9 Nottingham Trent University
10 Newcastle University
11 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
12 University College Cork
13 Georgia Institute of Technology
14 Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
15 University of Groningen
16 Bangor University
17 University of Bradford
18 Universite de Sherbrooke
19 Delft University of Technology TU Delft
20 Freie Universitaet Berlin
21 Hochschule Trier – Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld
22 University of Limerick
23 Hokkaido University
24 University of New South Wales
25 University of Texas Austin
26 Universidad de Alcala
27 Dublin City University
28 Universitat de Valencia
29 Washington University Saint Louis
30 University of Ottawa
31 University of Indonesia
32 Universitat Bremen
33 Kyoto University
34 Universiti Putra Malaysia
35 University of Northern British Columbia
36 North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
37 National Pingtung University of Science & Technology
38 Universidade Federal de Lavras UFLA
39 University of Leicester
40 Western Michigan University
41 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
42 University of Tasmania
43 Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
44 Universiti Malaysia Sabah
45 Universidad Nacional de Colombia
46 King Abdulaziz University
47 Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
48 Da-Yeh University
49 McMaster University
50 De La Salle University – Dasmarinas
For a breakdown of individual scores or to see the ranking of all 516 universities click here.
To see a list of the 15 greenest universities in the US derived from AASHE’s ratings click here.
Make sure to see the article titled, “Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources.” It contains links to
over 350 posts covering everything you need to know about sustainable academics, green school
buildings, student eco-initiatives, and college rankings as well as a wide range of related
information and resources.