UOS joins GreenMetric Ranking System to Promote Sustainability in HEIs Globally
The University of Sargodha has joined GreenMetric World Universities Ranking System to promote sustainability in higher education institutions globally.
The GreenMetric Ranking System was launched by the University of Indonesia (UI) in 2010. The system introduced six indicators to rank universities globally, including setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste management, water, transportation and education. Under this platform, 619 universities from 76 countries were ranked in 2017.
The key purpose of UI GreenMetric Rankings was to promote sustainability in higher education institutions across the world. Hundreds of world universities were asked to provide numeric data on a number of criteria that can give a picture of their commitment to the greening of their campuses and putting in place environmentally friendly policies that support sustainability.
The Higher Education Commission has taken the responsibility and arranged a consultative meeting of the working group of 15 universities to deliberate on UI rankings on the World Environment Day 2018.
The HEC emphasised maximum participation of Pakistani universities with a focus on sustainability on campuses. HEC will also setup Green Office as the main coordinating unit that will coordinate with higher education institutions of Pakistan.
The UoS has already been working on enhancing the sustainability with the aim to promote green campus policy. Smoke free, transport free and lush green campus strategies have already been adopted that will improve the worldwide university ranking.
It is pertinent to mention here that the UI GreenMetric is the first and only ranking system that has established a voluntary standard for improving university infrastructure and actions towards sustainable campuses worldwide.