AUC Improves Sustainability Ranking Among Universities Worldwide
AUC ranked 132 out of 780 institutions in the annual UI Green Metric initiative, moving up from its 136 ranking last year. Universities Indonesia (UI) ranks thousands of universities globally based on amount of campus green space, energy use, transport, water use, waste management and green policies. Since 2013, AUC has submitted to the UI GreenMetric in order to compare our sustainability progress and achievements with other universities.
The UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is the first and only university rankings in the world that measures each participating university’s commitment in developing an "environmentally friendly" infrastructure. The rankings look at 6 indicators of each university: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation and education). This year, 780 universities from 85 countries took part, which is an increase from last year with 719 universities from 81 countries. Several new countries have just joined this year, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Guatemala, Mauritius and Uzbekistan.
There are numerous efforts across the University that aim at reducing the carbon footprint and encourage members of the community to live more sustainable lifestyles. Under the direction of the ERCE Energy Task Force, AUC has reduced its energy usage by approximately 33% since its establishment in 2011. Currently, recycled wastewater is used for 100% of irrigation for campus landscaping. Current recycling efforts have led to a 33% decrease in emissions relating to solid waste consumption from 2012. In an effort to reduce plastic water bottle usage on campus, the Office of Sustainability has installed 36 water dispensers that supply filtered, chilled drinking water for students, faculty and staff to fill their reusable bottles at. Since 2018, the Office of Sustainability has hosted events celebrating Campus Sustainability Month. In 2019, the month included a series of awareness events covering an array of sustainability issues, including plastic waste, food waste, transportation emissions, and water conservation.