‘Green’ rankings for world universities
More than 215 universities from 49 countries took part in the just released survey, which is now in its third year.
The rankings compare the efforts made by universities towards campus sustainability and environment friendly university management.
Flinders University ranked second in Australia and 66 internationally, followed by Bond University at 68 and Charles Darwin at 172.
La Trobe Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Rosenberg says this was a pleasing outcome for the University.
He says survey results are based on information provided by universities about their performance across a range of measures including green statistics, energy and water use, waste management, transportation, and education.
La Trobe scored well on waste recycling and treatment, water conservation, reduction in the use of plastics and paper cups, open space and vegetation, and moderately well for energy conservation and green house gas emission.
‘Although the metrics are not yet fully comprehensive and clearly involve some elements of subjectivity, they nevertheless provide a reasonable assessment of some core aspects of campus sustainability. They help us identify where we do well and where we can work on further improving our performance.'
La Trobe expects that the survey’s methodology will develop further in coming years and that the number of submitting institutions – which has increased from an inaugural 95 to 178 last year and 215 this year – will also continue to grow.
Professor Rosenberg says the Greenmetric Rankings survey is only one indicator. La Trobe is serious about its sustainability performance and also takes into consideration metrics from international and industry specific benchmarks.