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A&T Ranked 25th Globally in Sustainability

For the second straight year, North Carolina A&T has been recognized as a world leader among universities in sustainability. The UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities 2014 ranks A&T No. 25 among 360 universities in 62 countries.

The ranking compares universities’ efforts on campus sustainability and environmentally friendly management. It is conducted by Universitas Indonesia, which launched the program in 2010.

Dr.Godfrey Uzochukwu, director of A&T’s Interdisciplinary Waste Management Institute, says credit should go to the entire university. “This is a collaborative team effort involving academic and non-academic units of the university,” he said.

The goals of A&T’s efforts are similarly broad:

  • Eliminate unnecessary resource use, energy use and water use;

  • Enhance recycling and waste reduction;

  • Decrease the amount of emissions produced;

  • Increase cost savings;

  • Enhance environmental safety;

  • Improve campus health;

  • Enhance educational quality; and

  • Improve our community.

Globally, this year’s top university is the University of Nottingham in United Kingdom, followed by University College, Cork National University in Ireland and Nottingham Trent University. In fourth place was the top U.S. school, the University of California, Davis.

Three other U.S. schools were among the top 10: the University of Connecticut; the University of California, Berkeley; and Northeastern University.

Other North Carolina universities in the rankings were UNC-Chapel Hill, 12; UNC Greensboro, 27; Appalachian State, 121; and UNC Wilmington, 319.

The results are drawn from information provided by universities online. The main data categories and their weightings are green statistics (15%), energy and climate change (21%), waste management (18%), water usage (10%), transportation (18%), and education (18%).

Universitas Indonesia is a state university with an enrollment of 47,000. It has campuses in Jakarta and Depok.