GVSU high in the GreenMetric World University Ranking

January 8, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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Grand Valley State University has been ranked 16th in sustainability and environment-friendly management in a survey of 178 universities around the world.

Called the GreenMetric World University Ranking, the system was developed by faculty members from Universitas Indonesia and allows universities throughout the world to compare their efforts in sustainability and environment-friendly university management. The system also allows universities in developing countries to evaluate how sustainable they are compared to universities in developed countries.

“Our efforts continue to shine, and now on a global scale,” said Norman Christopher, director of the Sustainable Community Development Initiative at GVSU. “This new recognition can be a platform for many new discussions, such as our partnerships with international universities where our students travel to study.”

At the top of the ranking for 2011 is the University of Nottingham in England, followed by Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut, respectively.

Cornell University and six other U.S. universities were ranked higher than GVSU but none were in Michigan. A couple of dozen U.S. universities were on the list, the geographically closest to GVSU being the University of Illinois, Chicago, which was ranked 137th.

Universities from 42 countries — including the U.K., Palestine, Chile, Czechoslovakia and South Africa — participated in the ranking system. Each university submitted information on the main indicators of sustainability: energy and climate change, waste management, water usage, transportation and green statistics.

According to an announcement from GVSU, this is the latest recognition the university has received for its sustainability efforts. The Princeton Review named GVSU a Green College for the second year in its Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition. Grand Valley received silver status after completing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System in 2011.

This is the second year the ranking has been done. Universitas Indonesia was founded in 1849 in what was then the Dutch East Indies and now has campuses in Depok, West Java, and Salemba, Jakarta. A research university, in 1929 the director of its medical school won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of vitamin B1 in rice.

UI established the GreenMetric Ranking in 2010, when 95 universities were ranked, with the University of California-Berkeley ranking the highest.

According to GreenMetric, its ranking can be compared to academic world ranking systems such as the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking and the Webometrics rankings.

For more information about the GreenMetric World University Ranking, visit http://greenmetric.ui.as.id. For more information about GVSU’s sustainability efforts and achievements, visit www.gvsu.edu/sustainability

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