How does the UI GreenMetric ranking compare to other world university rankings?
UI GreenMetric world university ranking is an interactive website to provide in sustainability profiles for hundreds university world wide, base on their self assessed input for the criteria set. Information is based on extensive independent research and survey responses conducted for the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking. The ranking are base on the following world university ranking :
Why is a certain university missing from the list?
The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking evaluates the 3000 top list from Webometrics university ranking by assessment and evaluation with online survey on self assessment result.
Can I have my university added to the UI GreenMetric University Ranking?
Yes. We have created a program to allow any university to participate in the UI GreenMetric ranking by creating your own account and password as well as university information.
How is information in the UI GreenMetric obtained?
Data collection for the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking comes from online surveys sent to university administrators. Please refer to Methodology for more information.
How are the ranking determined?
indicators used for grading are described in Indicators. Each university earns in proportion to its policies and practices for each indicator. A predetermined scale, based on points earned for the indicators, is then used to determine the total point for each category. Please refer to Methodology for more information.
What is sustainability and why should I care about it on my campus?
Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. University has the potential to demonstrate sustainable principles in their campus operations and can be a role model for the society. Their examples can provide a road map for others to follow.
How were the metrics developed?
I take this to mean the assumptions it is based on rather than the operationalization. The broad philosophy underlying the ranking methodology was the three Es, Environment, Economy and Equity. Beyond that, we decided to develop the ranking in a way that first of all tried to be fair when taking into consideration the conditions both in Western and developing country universities, and those for universities in highly urbanized and non-urbanized settings. This has proved quite challenging. Within this broad policy, we wanted to make the rankings easy to fill out to encourage wide participation. We see this as a first attempt and are already working on a second version.
Who was involved in developing the metrics
Our team consisted of academics at our university with expertise in Architecture and urban planning, Engineering and sustainability, and Social science research methodology. Beyond this, we had input from experts or concerned people in other relevant areas.
What assurance systems are in place given that it is a subjective submission process.
We have held of on this for the first version at least. We felt we had to balance scientific respectability with the pragmatic realities of the extra effort involved. However, we are looking at ways of working towards some sort of validation process for future versions. Perhaps you have some suggestions in this regard.
Where will the rankings be published and how will it be communicated and disseminated
The results will be published on our university website in December 2012. We hope also to widen exposure to the initiative in the media.
Which countries have been contacted to participate
We are sending out over 3000 invitations to universities worldwide. Our list comprised universities which were members of associations like ASAIHL and APRU. In addition, we included the best universities from a number of recognized rankings such as THE/QS and Webometrics.
Do you have a minimum number of required responses to go ahead with the publication
We thought that a 16% response rate would be acceptable on this third years. That would be about 500 universities. We realize, however, that because we are targeting top world universities many of whom already are part of some program, we might not make this, at least initially. If we find that we cannot quite reach this figure the first time around, then we may still publish, but with provisos and set about a relaunch with an improved methodology and better information for respondents. Whatever happens, the whole exercise will still be valuable because we will use all of the feedback from people in a great variety of real situations to greatly improve our methodology and our own green credentials.
How does it compliment existing rating systems in various countries such as STARS in the US and Green League in the UK
We are aware that there are many universities, either working alone or in some sort of grouping, where sustainability is well developed on campuses. Most of these are in the developed world. I think we see ourselves as positioned within the broad consensus of existing views but in a way where we could pull in universities in developing countries which might otherwise feel they would be at a disadvantage with the existing well-established systems.
Will it be expanded to include a more holistic understanding of campus sustainability
Our whole principle is that this is very much a work in progress. We are already working on the revision of our methodology informed among other things by the excellent feedback we have received from participants. Please let us know what your specific suggestions are in this regard.