McMaster ranked third in Canada by UI GreenMetric World University Ranking

Sustainability projects around campus. Clockwise from left: bee houses; participants in the Sustainable Future program; employees at the Campus Store, which has eliminated plastic bags; tree planting in Faculty Hollow; Carlos Figueira, who manages campus waste for Facilities Services; students collecting used computers fro needy Hamilton kids

McMaster has been named third in Canada and 51st in the world in Universitas Indonesia’s GreenMetric World University Rankings.

The international rankings, which evaluated 780 universities from 85 countries, measures participants’ commitment in developing environmentally friendly infrastructure. Institutions are evaluated based on six indicators: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education.

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Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands was ranked top in the world, while the Université de Sherbrooke was top in Canada.

“The UI GreenMetric World University Rankings are an important indicator of McMaster’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” explains Debbie Martin, assistant vice-president and chief facilities officer. “This global effort by the world’s universities to become more sustainable in our operations and infrastructure marks a common goal of making our world a better place.”

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To learn more about sustainability measures at McMaster, go to Facility Services’ website, or check out the Academic Sustainability Programs Office’s website.

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