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NTU ranked among the top five most sustainable universities in the world

Nottingham Trent University has been named the fourth most sustainable university in the world by the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.

Top 5 GreenMetric ranking

It’s an improvement to last year’s ranking of fifth place, with over 900 institutions ranked this year.

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings

The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia that measures the commitment of universities to sustainability issues. Universities are ranked using six indicators: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation and education.

NTU was the only UK university to score full marks in the education section, which looked at factors such as number of publications, number of events, and number of student organisations all related to sustainability.

Due to NTU’s strong position in the UI GreenMetric in recent years, delegates from international universities including Chile, South Korea, Australia and Austria have visited NTU to understand how to be more sustainable.

Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability at NTU said: “It’s great to see NTU recognised as one of the top five sustainable universities in the world for the fourth year in a row as well as improving our ranking this year. This reflects the strong leadership and teamwork of NTU; not only the hard work of the Estates team, but the commitment of staff and students to embed sustainable practices across our University."

NTU’s Sustainable Development team has this year:

  • diverted 99% waste from landfill
  • planted 18,000 trees (over the last four years), on and off campus, with student and staff volunteers
  • reduced carbon emissions by 51% since 2005
  • developed plans for implementing hedgehog-friendly campuses
  • started the Plastic Planet initiative, driving down reducing single use plastics in areas such as the Print Shop and Catering
  • installed beehives at Brackenhurst and Clifton
  • planted wildflowers at Brackenhurst and Clifton
  • donated items through the British Heart Foundation donation banks, raising £800,000 for the charity’s work
  • made sustainability improvements in new and refurbished buildings
  • achieved Green Flag status at Brackenhurst Campus and Clifton Campus
  • made a commitment to Fairtrade accreditation, joint with the Nottingham Trent Students’ Union

Visit our website for more information on our Sustainable Development Team.

NTU ranked among the top five most sustainable universities in the world

Published on 8 December 2020
  • Category: Business; Current students; Environment and sustainability; Staff

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