WUSTL No. 8 in ‘Green Metric’ world university sustainability ranking

Washington University in St. Louis has been ranked No. 8 in a recent “Green Metric” ranking of world universities by the University of Indonesia.

The ranking measures university participants’ commitment to developing an environmentally friendly infrastructure. Results are based on information provided by universities on their energy efficiency, water usage, waste management, transportation and more.

The Green Metric ranking system was instituted by the University of Indonesia, one of WUSTL’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy university partners.

Other U.S. universities ranked in the top 10 were Northeastern University (No. 2), University of Connecticut (No. 3), University of California, Berkeley (No. 6), University of California, Los Angeles (No. 7) and the University of California, Merced (No. 9).

In 2011, WUSTL earned a silver rating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) inaugural Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program. STARS aimed to objectively and quantitatively review the sustainability efforts and achievements of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. STARS was one of the first tools to attempt to holistically measure sustainability efforts on college campuses.

For more information about the Green Metric Rating, visit greenmetric.ui.ac.id/id/page/ranking2011.

For more information on STARS, visit news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/22564.aspx.