The University of Tasmania has been named in the world’s top 50 environmentally-friendly universities in a recent international survey.
Universitas Indonesia’s GreenMetric ranking system, released on December 29, assessed and compared 516 colleges and universities in 74 countries on criteria such as energy, water usage, waste management and education.
The University of California Davis topped the list, with the University of Tasmania placing 42nd.
Chair of the University’s Sustainability Committee, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education) David Sadler, said the results demonstrated the University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and were particularly pleasing in the University’s first year of participation in the survey.
“The University’s role in establishing the Education for Sustainability Tasmania UN Regional Centre of Expertise late last year helped to cement our position as not only a national but international leader in the field of sustainability, and this survey only adds to that standing,” he said.
The University’s Sustainability Manager Corey Peterson said the results were testament to the efforts of many people across the University in bringing its sustainability strategies to life, in particular institutional commitments to delivering Green Star-rated buildings and delivering on the sustainability policy.
Implementation of the Sustainable Transport Strategy over the past five years was an area of significant activity, Mr Peterson said, delivering many benefits including lower greenhouse gas emissions.
“We have delivered new bike hubs, bus stop shelters, bus service enhancements, vehicle fleet improvements, carpooling and motorbike parking, stakeholder partnerships and improved data collection and analysis, all of which have contributed to this international recognition,” he said.
“Our efforts in sustainable water use and a focused research effort on environment and sustainability have also put us at the leading edge of our peers around the globe.”
The University of Tasmania took home two awards at the Green Gown Awards Australasia in November for its Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS) and was highly commended in the Student Engagement category for partnership with Source Community Wholefoods on the Sandy Bay campus.
The University was also recognised at the 2016 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards in November for its Sustainable Transport Strategy, and was a major partner in Sustainable Living Tasmania's Get Bill Smart program, which was awarded the Environment category.