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Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla hosted the 4th National Workshop of Sustainable Universities in Mexico, a collaborative effort with the invaluable support of the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, coinciding with World Earth Day. With presenting 24 speakers from best universities in Mexico, including Mtra. Gabriela Carvajal Rubilar, Director of the Energy Agency of the State of Puebla, Lic. Jorge Ermilo Barrera Novelo, Secretary of Economy of the Government of the State of Puebla, as well as to Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, Chairperson of the UI GreenMetric, and Mtra. Gabriela Georgina Mateos Gómez, Technical Secretary of the South Central Regional Council of the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions ANUIES. Dr. Arq. Manuel Sandoval, General Coordinator for Sustainable Development at BUAP, and Mtro. Diego Ariel Riva, Coordinator of the ANUIES Network and Coordinator of Environmental Management and Social Responsibility, are also essential figures in this endeavor. This workshop serves as a platform for attendees to share knowledge, learn from best practices, and gain insights from leading institutions in sustainability. These institutions have achieved remarkable scores in the UI GreenMetric World Rankings. With the participation of over 55 national universities and an audience of 600 individuals, this workshop promises an excellent opportunity for collaboration and learning.

Lagos University recently made history by hosting the inaugural National Workshop on UI GreenMetric for Universities in Nigeria on 17 April 2024, a groundbreaking event that heralded a new era of sustainability in higher education across the nation. Embracing the digital age, the workshop seamlessly transitioned into the virtual realm, attracting a diverse array of participants from universities throughout Nigeria. Their enthusiastic engagement underscored a shared commitment to fostering sustainable campuses and leveraging the UI GreenMetric rankings as a catalyst for positive change in the current year. Steering the workshop with finesse and expertise was Prof. Adejuwon A. Adeneye, Ph.D., D.Sc., an esteemed figure in academia serving as the Director of Research and Management at Lagos University. Setting the tone for the event's significance was Prof. Ibiyemi I. Olatunji-Bello, mni, NPOM, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, whose opening remarks resonated with a sense of purpose and determination. A highlight of the workshop was the invaluable contributions from UI GreenMetric luminaries, including Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, M.M., M.Sc., Chairperson of UI GreenMetric, who provided a comprehensive introduction to the framework and methodologies of UI GreenMetric. This set the stage for Dr. Nyoman Suwartha, the Vice Chair of UI GreenMetric for Administration, Research, and Development, to delve into the intricacies of participation, offering practical insights and guidance on optimizing university rankings. Adding depth and context to the discussions, Prof. Adejuwon shared Lagos University's own sustainability journey, highlighting best practices and lessons learned along the way. The presentations culminated in a dynamic Q&A session, expertly facilitated by Dr. Junaidi, Vice Chair of UI GreenMetric for Program, Communication, and Partnership, fostering an environment of collaboration and knowledge exchange among participants. The resounding success of the workshop was a testament to the collective enthusiasm and commitment of Nigerian universities towards sustainable development. As participants exchanged ideas and experiences, a palpable sense of optimism permeated the virtual space, fueling aspirations for a greener, more interconnected future. Looking ahead, UI GreenMetric remain hopeful for continued collaboration and networking opportunities within Nigeria's academic community, buoyed by the momentum generated by this transformative event. Streaming on UI GreenMetric’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eHmSk6UNlo Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

During a three-day workshop held from March 26th to March 28th, 2024, UI GreenMetric, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Indonesia, conducted a significant event aimed at empowering vocational institutions in their pivotal role in climate change adaptation through the implementation of UI GreenMetric Indicators. This workshop served as a platform to disseminate essential information, strategies, and best practices. At the heart of this workshop was the Ministry's proposal urging all public vocational institutions across Indonesia to actively engage in the UI GreenMetric Rankings. Through this initiative, the Ministry aims to recognize and reward those institutions that excel in environmental sustainability efforts. To incentivize participation, the Ministry plans to introduce a donation scheme for selected institutions that demonstrate exceptional performance. These chosen institutions will receive sponsorship from the Ministry to bolster their infrastructure procurement and development endeavors for the fiscal year 2024. This collaborative effort not only signifies a commitment to fostering sustainability within vocational institutions but also underscores the government's dedication to supporting and nurturing environmentally conscious practices in the education sector. By encouraging participation in UI GreenMetric Rankings, the Ministry aims to cultivate a culture of environmental awareness and responsibility among vocational institutions, thereby contributing to broader national and global efforts to mitigate climate change. In addition to the Ministry's initiatives, UI GreenMetric played a crucial role in providing valuable insights during the workshop. Through discussions on UI GreenMetric indicators, participants gained a deeper understanding of the metrics used to evaluate environmental sustainability. Moreover, they learned about the myriad benefits of participating in the rankings and received guidance on effectively completing the questionnaire. This workshop marks a significant milestone in advancing sustainability initiatives within vocational institutions across Indonesia. Through collaboration, education, and proactive engagement, stakeholders are poised to make meaningful strides towards a more environmentally sustainable future. Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

The two-day online Training of Trainers on Eco-Enzyme for Indonesian Cities and Regencies spanned on Tuesday, 5 March 2024 and Thursday, 7th March 2024. Building upon previous university-focused agendas, this year's program expanded to include participants from UI GreenCityMetric, aiming to equip representatives from all Indonesian cities and regencies with vital knowledge and skills concerning the creation and significance of eco-enzymes in everyday life. The webinar's inaugural session featured welcoming remarks from esteemed figures, with Prof. Riri Fitri Sari serving as chairperson. The highlight was a comprehensive presentation by Bayu Kurniawan, S.Si., M.Sc., of the Eco-Enzyme Team at UIGWURN from UIN Sulthan Thaha Saifuddin Jambi. He shared insights into eco-enzymes' origins and significance, detailing the step-by-step process of eco-enzyme production. Subsequently, Dr. Winarsih, M. Kes., Coordinator of the Eco-Enzyme Information Team at UIGWURN from Universitas Negeri Surabaya, took the virtual stage, offering practical guidance through student-led demonstrations on eco-enzyme creation at her campus. The second day saw continued enthusiasm from participants, with Prof. Riri Fitri Sari reprising her role as chairperson. Prof. Dr. Lily Surraya Eka P., M.Env.Stud., Coordinator of the Eco-Enzyme Research Team at UIGWURN from UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, and Dr. Febriani, S.Si., M.Si., of the Eco-Enzyme Team at UIGWURN from Syiah Kuala University, delivered in-depth presentations mirroring earlier speakers' coverage of eco-enzyme fundamentals. Throughout the event, participants displayed unwavering engagement, eager to assimilate knowledge and explore eco-enzymes' potential applications within their respective cities and regencies. This training not only facilitated learning but also bolstered collaborations and partnerships toward sustainable practices across Indonesian cities and regencies. To put theory into action, UI GreenMetric organized an Eco-Enzyme Festival on June 5, 2024, in honor of World Environment Day. We extend our invitation to all cities, regencies, and universities to join us in this festival, aiming to pour approximately 21,000 liters of eco-enzyme liquid in each area, thus breaking Indonesia's MURI record. For those interested in participating, kindly complete the registration form at bit.ly/EEFES-2024 or contact Jauzak at +62 812-2560-6655. Let's work together to build a more environmentally friendly world through eco-enzymes! Gallery: Live Streaming on UI GreenMetric's Youtube Channel: ToT Eco-Enzyme untuk Pemerintah Kabupaten dan Kota di Bagian Tengah – Timur Indonesia 2024: https://www.youtube.com/live/2KKoI85pxfo?si=il6ijA3hCGiewnyZ ToT Eco Enzyme untuk Pemerintah Kabupaten dan Kota di Bagian Barat Indonesia 2024: https://www.youtube.com/live/vSFEnabyEe4?si=qTdF-Zf-OG07kjv_ Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

The online Training of Trainers on Eco-Enzymes for Colombian Universities was held for the first time on Wednesday, 6th March 2024, aimed to provide participants from Colombian universities with essential knowledge and skills regarding the creation and significance of eco-enzymes in daily life. The webinar commenced with welcoming remarks from distinguished figures, including Prof. Riri Fitri Sari, serving as the chairperson, and Prof. Jaime Alberto Romero Infante, the national coordinator for Colombia. Their warm words set the tone for an engaging and informative session. The highlight of the event was the comprehensive presentation delivered by Dr. Ir. Nurzainah Ginting, M.Sc., Head of the Eco-Enzyme Team at UIGWURN from University of Sumatera Utara. Dr. Ginting shared insights into the origin and significance of eco-enzymes, shedding light on their role in sustainable practices. Following this, Dr. Ir. Rukmowati Brotodjojo, M.Agr., Training Coordinator of the Eco-Enzyme Team at UIGWURN from UPN Veteran Yogyakarta, took the virtual stage. Dr. Brotodjojo provided practical guidance on how to create eco-enzymes and introduced the eco-enzyme team at UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network (UIGWURN), offering valuable insights into implementation strategies. Throughout the event, participants remained deeply engaged and curious, eager to absorb knowledge and explore the potential applications of eco-enzymes in their respective university settings. This event not only fostered learning but also strengthened collaborations and partnerships in the pursuit of sustainable practices in Colombian universities. Gallery: Live Streaming on UI GreenMetric's Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/live/QmfwjvOWBG0?si=TlvalyyJOlQEmfuR Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

The launch event for the 2024 UI GreenCityMetric Ranking took place on Wednesday, 21 February 2024. Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, M.M., M.Sc., the chairperson of UI GreenMetric, and Dr. Drs. Amran, M.T., the Acting Director General of Regional Administration Development at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesia, graced the occasion. Both of them delivered an inspiring opening speech, encouraging cities and regencies in Indonesia to actively participate in this year's rankings. Following the opening remarks, the agenda proceeded with a comprehensive socialization session about UI GreenCityMetric, including insights into its development and guidance on filling out the questionnaires. Dr. Junaidi, S.S., M.A., and Dr. Nyoman Suwartha, S.T., M.T., M.Agr., Vice-Chairs of UI GreenMetric, provided valuable information during this session. The event unfolded smoothly, with enthusiastic participation from attendees eager to understand the intricacies of UI GreenCityMetric Ranking. Beyond the ranking system, the UI GreenCityMetric team introduced service packages tailored for cities and regencies aiming to enhance their sustainability programs. Dr. Junaidi, S.S., M.A., elaborated on the service package, emphasizing its role in facilitating in-depth evaluations through expert-led fact-file analyses. Cities and regencies interested in subscribing to the service package are urged to act promptly, as the UI GreenCityMetric questionnaire is now open. Providing substantial evidence of their sustainability efforts is essential for a comprehensive assessment. Written by: Yovita

In celebration of National Waste Day on the 21st of February each year, we seized a valuable opportunity to collaborate with Bank Sampah Bersinar, represented by its Director, Fei Febri, and UN SDSN Youth Indonesia, featuring Salma Ranggita in her role as Network Coordinator. This collaborative initiative facilitated a profound exploration of innovative waste solutions with a vision towards ensuring a sustainable future. During the insightful discussion, Fei Febri emphasized the crucial need to revisit the grassroots of waste management, underscoring the fundamental importance of instilling basic knowledge in waste sorting among individuals. She highlighted that this foundational knowledge serves as a cornerstone, laying the essential groundwork without which progress toward more advanced waste solutions would be challenging. Fei Febri's perspective underscored the necessity of building a strong foundation in waste management education for everyone, emphasizing that it is the key to advancing to the next level in our collective journey toward sustainable waste solutions. Salma Ranggita brought attention to the pivotal role of youth in environmental stewardship and the transformative power of partnerships among various stakeholders. She emphasized that fostering a supportive environment is critical to achieving heightened awareness and actionable efforts. Salma stressed that cultivating a supportive ecosystem is essential for youth engagement and collaboration with environmental stakeholders, underlining the need for collective action to address pressing environmental concerns. As we collaborate with Bank Sampah Bersinar and UN SDSN Youth Indonesia, we aim to showcase our commitment to environmental sustainability. Through these collaborative efforts, we strive to raise awareness, inspire action, and contribute to the ongoing global dialogue on innovative waste solutions. By addressing the core aspects of waste management, fostering youth involvement, and building meaningful partnerships, we envision a future where our collective actions lead to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious world. Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

The 2023 UI GreenMetric Online Course on Sustainability represents a groundbreaking global educational initiative led by top universities across four continents and eleven diverse countries. Aligns with UI GreenMetric's second thematic priority of creating global sustainable leaders, this course is exclusively tailored for members of the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network, serves as a comprehensive introduction of Sustainable Development Goals suitable for both undergraduate and master's level students. In today's world, characterized by the pressing need for social inclusivity, environmental sustainability, and financial viability, students must gain a nuanced understanding of economic dynamics, societal structures, and environmental ecosystems. Equally vital is the exploration of the far-reaching impacts of human activities on our environment, coupled with the presentation of innovative solutions to address these challenges. Building upon the resounding success of the past two years, this program has expanded its collaborations to include universities from Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Ecuador, Hungary, Indonesia, Tunisia, and is this year extending to Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Egypt. The course itself is an outcome of collaboration among eleven esteemed universities, organized into three classes, Class A, led by the University of Sao Paulo, Universitas Indonesia, El Bosque University, University of Szeged, University of Sharjah, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, and the University of Sousse. Class B, spearheaded by the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Mahidol University, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, University of Pécs, Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University, Universitas Diponegoro, and October 6 University. Class C, conducted by the Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung, Telkom University, Universitas Sam Ratulangi, Universitas Diponegoro, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Pancasila, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Universitas Padjajaran, Universitas Pattimura, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Universitas Palangka Raya, Universitas Lampung, and Universitas Sriwijaya. The 3-month program begin on 7th (Class C), 13th (Class B), and 14th (Class A) September 2023 and received enthusiastic participation from 310 students. UI GreenMetric aims to equip students with the necessary tools and understanding to contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. We hope that students who have joined this online course will enjoy the presentations provided by the lecturers and eventually foster collaboration among students from 27 universities in different countries. Together, students can develop sustainability solutions not only for their daily lives but also for the world. The courses have yielded significant achievements for students who participated, inspiring them to delve deeper into sustainability issues, particularly those aligned with SDGs Indicators. Palmira Grefa from ESPOCH, Ecuador, expressed, “The course has been an enriching experience that has strengthened my knowledge base and skills.” In addition to their academic pursuits, students navigate their studies across multiple campuses, shouldering responsibilities for their coursework and fostering teamwork. Yerlin Cayambe from ESPOCH shared, “I have learned how to be a leader and how to work in a team. Moreover, navigating diverse situations has taught me to be empathetic towards others.” We aspire for the continuation and expansion of the UI GreenMetric online course, attracting a growing number of students in the years ahead. This is aimed at nurturing future leaders in sustainability! Gallery: Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

After the success of the UI GreenMetric Instagram Live Discussion series in 2023, we are expanding our platform in the realm of social media this year to reach a wider audience through YouTube's Online Podcast, titled 'Our Voice for Sustainability.' This initiative aims to provide viewers with an in-depth discussion between a guest speaker and an expert moderator from the UI GreenMetric reviewer/assessor community, fostering a broader conversation in the field of sustainable campuses. On Friday, January 26, 2024, the premiere was streamed live, featuring the representative of the 2023 Most Sustainable University in the UI GreenMetric rankings, Ir. Erna Maters, the Policy CSR Officer of Wageningen University and Research. The session was seamlessly moderated by an expert from the UI GreenMetric Team, Dr. -Ing. Ova Candra Dewi, S.T., M.Sc., GP, who also serves as the Head of the Urban and Regional Planning Master Program at the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia (PWK FTUI). During this engaging discussion, Dr. -Ing. Ova meticulously posed thought-provoking questions to elicit in-depth responses and clear explanations for the viewers. Erna highlighted the importance of fostering a sustainable strategy at Wageningen University and Research, emphasizing the engagement of all stakeholders within academia, from university leaders to students. This approach involves setting ambitious yet realistic goals throughout the university's organizational structure, ensuring that objectives align with the principles of sustainability. She emphasized that achieving a sustainable mindset extending beyond the next generations requires more than just incorporating it into the curriculum. It involves instilling in future generations the character of responsible citizens committed to protecting their environment. This transformation should commence at the community level and extend to encompass the entire world. As an institution, it is essential for us to acknowledge the crucial role that universities play in society, especially in shaping the education of future generations and leading the way in sustainability initiatives. UI GreenMetric is committed to championing sustainability. We remain steadfast in our collaboration with institutions and environmental communities to amplify awareness about the significance of sustainability, particularly within the higher education sphere. Stream live on UI GreenMetric's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/live/H2x_oVJZSug?si=iunrtxCZaZYAwwqT Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

On January 12th, 2024, UI GreenMetric, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, and Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, hosted an Instagram Live Discussion titled "Sustainable Campus 2024: A Strategic Roadmap for A Greener Tomorrow". This event marked the second installment of the series, delving into the perspectives of universities ranking in the top 50 globally, with Nottingham Trent University securing the second position and Universidad del Rosario at 32nd place. Guided by the adept moderation of Sabrina H. Ramadianti, Coordinator for Program, Communication, and Partnership at UI GreenMetric, the virtual stage was graced by distinguished speakers, each contributing their profound insights to the discourse. Laura Mayhew-Manchon, the Head of Sustainability at Nottingham Trent University, underscored the imperative need for collaborative efforts among university leaders, stakeholders, communities, and the entire academic civitas. Emphasizing the essence of cultivating awareness, especially in the paradigm shift of policies and collaborations with governments, Laura set the tone for a united commitment towards sustainable strategies in the coming year. In a complementary perspective, Claudia Dulce Romero, Director of Social Outreach and Alumni Relations at Universidad del Rosario, illuminated the significance of UI GreenMetric criteria as instrumental tools in achieving sustainability goals. Romero articulated that these criteria serve as a comprehensive measure, offering insights into the implementation of existing initiatives, identifying achieved goals, and pinpointing areas for improvement in the forthcoming year. As the curtains draw on this enlightening discussion, it becomes evident that the journey towards a greener tomorrow is a collective endeavor. The echoes of this dialogue will resonate in the consciousness of universities, urging them to align their efforts, leverage UI GreenMetric criteria, and march forward in unison towards a more sustainable future. Streaming Live: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2AJNF5xdA6/ Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin

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