On June 26-28, 2017, UI GreenMetric joined The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) 2017 in Poster session represented by drg. Baiduri Widanarko, MKKK, Ph.D. The title of poster was Global Trends in Sustainable Universities: 2016 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Report. It highlighted 2016 rankings suggesting that in order to make better impact to the global sustainability environment, universities need to put more efforts on six criteria (setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education), particularly on ‘energy and climate change’ since higher education has a crucial role to play in addressing these challenges. Based on the discussions in the conference participants, they welcomed the rating of environment sustainability campus. In general, they asked about the fairness and validity of the methods used by the UI GreenMetric in Rankings. It is explained that UI GreenMetric will validate through the evidence to be uploaded by UI GreenMetric participants in order to reduce the bias due to self-assessment. The University of British Columbia (UBC) and City of Vancouver co-hosted the ISCN 2017 Conference. It welcomed registrants from 31 countries and 78 higher education institutions. The theme of this conference was Climate.City.Campus. ISCN 2017 served as a platform for exploration, discussion, learning, and networking (https://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/). The interesting thing about this conference was that almost every piece of food (plates, knives, spoons, and forks) was made of recyclable material. In addition, each participant also distributed reusable drinking water bottles in order to reduce plastic cups. Participants were also invited to directly sort waste. The committee looked to strive to be consistent with the topic of the conference, by conducting environment sustainability. The winners of the 2016 ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards are: National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore (Building and Innovative Infrastructure Award); University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany (Campus Planning and Management Systems Award); Swarthmore College, United States (Innovative Collaboration Award); Chiba University, Japan (Student Leadership Award). Zena Harris, the 2017 ISCN Executive Director, says, “The winners provided excellent examples of innovation in higher education sustainability. It was an honor to for us to award these great efforts and provide global recognition that show leadership in sustainability.”
On June 14-17, 2017, a National Workshop of UI GreenMetric hosted by Kazakh National Agrarian University (Kaznau) was organised in Almaty. It was attended by 10 Rectors / Vice Rectors of Agrarian Universities from former Uni-Soviet countries, 35 Rectors /University representatives from Kazakhstan, Kaznau academicians, lecturers, staff and student activist in environment. During the opening speech of Prof. Tlektes Yespalov, Rector of Kaznau presented the award of Honorary Professorship to Prof. Riri Fitri Sari of UI Greenmetric. UI GreenMetric team and participants were overwhelmed by the Kazakh traditional welcome and the arrangement of the conference. Mr. Junaidi, UI GreenMetric expert member deliver the speech on the introduction of UI GreenMetric. Subsequently, Prof T. Tashibaeva of Al-Farabi Kaznu presentes the condition of Green Office in the largest Kazakh university. Campus tour of Kaznau provided the opportunity for the participant to visit the Japan-Kazakh Research Centers. In the afternoon session Prof Riri Fitri Sari chaired the sessions. Dr. A. Shilibekovabof Atyrau State University , Prof Riri Fitri Saru, Prod Falk m-Juri Knauft of Kaznau, and Ms. D. Dushnuyazova od AgriTechHub, are among the speakers. Finally the step by step submission procedure for UI GreenMetric were presented. Prof. Riri Fitri Sari conveyed about Energy and Campus Sustainability and step to submission data UI GreenMetric. On 15-16 June, all workshop participants visited Kaznau Agriculture and Farming Center near Issik and Dendira, outside Almaty city. Teaching classrooms are set above the modern cattle ranch, for students to study the state of the art condition. This proves that Green campus idea is real and can be implemented. UI GreenMetric has been popular among many agricultural-based universities, because the campus is very green. During the workshop program, there was the signing ceremony to be member of UI GreenMetric Network by 6 Rectors from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarussia, Russia (Moscow), Lithuania, Slovakia. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dPhcHGJmLE
Considering the unique mission of raising environmental awareness among universities and international networking opportunities, the GreenMetric World University Ranking deserves widespread attention and participation. The GreenMetric World University Ranking is a university ranking platform established by the University of Indonesia in 2010. This ranking aims to evaluate and rank universities all over the world according to their current condition and policies related to green campus and sustainability activities. The Ranking guides university leaders in their efforts to implement eco-friendly policies and manage behavioral change among the academic community at their respective institutions. Although it is new, the number of participating institutions is increasing rapidly each year. In 2010 when the ranking was first initiated, 95 universities participated. This number increased to 516 from 74 different countries in 2016. GreenMetric aims to arouse global awareness on environmental issues and sustainability and evaluates universities in five categories: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water resources, transportation and education. The criteria used in the evaluation also include basic institutional information such as the size of the university, both spatially and in terms of population, campus location and the amount of green space; and also information on energy use, transport, water use and recycling and waste treatment. In addition, it collects information about efforts being made by the institution towards establishing green policies and management. It is expected that by drawing the attention of university leaders and stake holders, more attention will be given to combating global climate change, energy and water conservation, waste recycling, and green transportation. Another unique quality of the ranking is the fact that all universities are depicted according to their current status and all are equal once they begin their participation. 3rd International GreenMetric Workshop Held in Istanbul Upon the evaluation by the GreenMetric steering committee and as a result of the top rank achieved by Turkish universities since 2014, Bülent Ecevit University (BEU) was selected as the National Coordinator of the ranking platform in Turkey. In this respect, BEU aims to publicize the ranking among Turkish universities in order to increase participation in the country. As a publicizing activity, BEU organized the first Turkish National Workshop on GreenMetric on 3 October 2016, in Zonguldak, Turkey. The workshop drew a number of university leaders and experts, which helped to increase awareness on environmental issues among higher education institutions. Along with national workshops, GreenMetric organizes an international workshop attended by leaders of higher education institutions and stakeholders. This year, the international workshop was co-organized by BEU and Istanbul University. Hosted by Istanbul University, the workshop was held on 9-10 April 2017 in Istanbul, nearly 100 people attended, including rectors, vice rectors, experts, landscape architects, city planners, academic staff, executive officers from the ministries of environment, and energy managers and stakeholders from 20 different countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Jordan, Russia, India, Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Hungary, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Morocco. During the workshop, participants from all over the world had the chance to share their experience with building environmentally-friendly campuses and their sustainability with their colleagues. The workshop gave the participants the opportunity to discuss the current situation of environmental awareness and sustainability in their countries and campuses. A number of articles presented contained important projects as exemplary applications and policies implemented by universities to enhance environmental awareness and come up with solutions to worldwide environmental problems. The articles were grouped according to the main categories used in the GreenMetric ranking. Articles on greening of campuses, management of waste, use of alternative forms of energy, and green transportation were discussed by participants. The articles and projects presented will have a number of benefits for universities and countries. First of all, participants had the opportunity to see the level of awareness about environmental issues and sustainability in other countries and universities. This may be useful for participants in establishing or revising current policies and future planning. Besides, good applications implemented by various universities to address different kinds of environmental problems which were presented during the workshop can be useful for triggering wider adoption among universities. Universities seeking solutions to similar problems or those looking for new ideas can benefit greatly from the sharing of these environmental experiences. The workshop was a significant international event enhancing environmental consciousness and global cooperation on sustainability. Considering the unique mission of raising environmental awareness among universities and international networking opportunities, the GreenMetric World University Ranking deserves widespread attention and participation. Source: What is the GreenMetric World University Ranking?
The 3rd International Workshop on UI GreenMetric 2017 were conducted on 10th April 2017 at Istanbul University with 11 Rectors/Vice Rectors presentation and 14 representative of Rector. 44 universities from 17 countries have participated in this workshop. It is the first workshop of UI GreenMetric that hosted by University other than University of Indonesia, i.e Bülent Ecevit University and Istanbul University. We held the UI GWURN Committee Meeting in the first day of the workshop. UI GreenMetric World University Ranking Network is established to be a paltform for sharing best practices and encourage more universities to put sustainability agenda as one of their priorities. As a global network of universities concerned with sustainability , UI GWURN seeks to advance the efforts of its members and contribute to global society. ? We also invite all participants to send us information to be distributed through the UI GreenMetric Website for information sharing. If your university is interested to be the GreenMetric Hub in which you can lead to organise a Workshop that can invite your colleagues in your region, i.e Vice Chancellor for facilities and sustainability and their Director/officers to join the workshop. UI GreenMetric team can come for a coaching session, so that more universities universities join and aware of their Sustainability Program Indicators improvement. Let us know your idea , proposed schedule and whether we can work together to organize it. Thank you so much for your support to UI GreenMetric
International workshop on UI Greenmetric 2017 was hosted by Bülent Ecevit Universit and Istanbul University and held at Baltalimani Social Facilities, Istanbul University, Turkey. In this conference, universities with best position and achievement in UI Greenmetric shared their efforts in improving sustainable environment in their campuses. The conference program was comprised of keynote talks, invited speakers talks, and discussion among many universities. For more information you can click this link iwgm.ui.ac.id
Location : Palace Building, Baltalimani Function Facility, Istanbul University Date : 9 April 2017. This meeting was attended by National Coordinators from Taiwan, Kazakhistan, Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, and 2 country coordinators via Video Conference: Ireland and Saudi Arabia, as well as Rector of Istanbul University, Rector of Bulent Ecevit University, and Representatives from University of Indonesia.
UI GreenMetric chairperson, Prof Riri Fitri Sari was invited as a speaker in Qatar The IREG Forum 2017: ‘Excellence as the University Driving Force’ was co-organized by Qatar University and IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (IREG Observatory) on March 13th -14th. There were 120 representatives universities from 35 countries and experts on academic rankings and higher education, including UI GreenMetric. The day one of the forum, the conference was opened by Jan Sadlak (President of the IREG Observatory) and Hassan Rashid Al-Derham (President of Qatar University).Then, Keynote speeches was delivered by Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim (Board member at Qatar University and Economic Advisor for HH Emir Qatar in Amiri Diwan) and Francisco Marmolejo (Lead, Global Solutions Group in Tertiary Education and Lead Education Specialist for India, World Bank). Prof. Riri Fitri Sari as Chairperson of UI GreenMetric World University Rankings was presence UI GreenMetric update article on the last session which was the sixth session parallel about New Rankings and Rankings-related Initiatives with Waldemar Siwi?ski (President, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Vice-President of IREG Observatory, Poland), Xuejun (Snow) Wang (Ranking Manager, and Shanghai Ranking Consultancy Ltd, China) Moderator of this session was Daniel Guhr, (Managing Director, The Illuminate Consulting Group, USA). In this session, Prof Riri Fitri Sari promoted the UI GreenMetric and presented the "Trend of Sustainable Campus in 2016 in the GreenMetric UI survey" Base on 2016 survey we found that among top 20 UI GreenMetric World Rankings which the average score (of each indicator) has reached more than 50% of the highest score (of each indicator). The highest achievement was for ‘waste’, followed by ‘water’, ‘education’, ‘setting and infrastructure’, ‘transportation’, and ‘energy and climate change’ criteria. The findings suggest that in order to make better impact to the global sustainability environment, universities need to put more efforts on the six criteria above, particularly on ‘energy and climate change’ since higher education has a crucial role to play in addressing these challenges. The Forum was closed by President IREG and President of Qatar University, after the appointment of University of Hasselt, Belgium as the organizer of IREG-9 Conference in 2018. Afterward the Annual membership meeting was held, all conference participants were invited to join tour of the campus and Sustainability Research Center of Qatar University.
Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) of the Republic of Indonesia recognizes that campuses and their students are one of the agents that can form environmentally friendly generation in the face of global climate change. Therefore, the Minister of MEF, Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, invited UI GreenMetric World University Ranking in this routine discussion forum called "Diskusi Pojok Iklim" on 19 January, 2017. Discussion Corner on Climate Change is a weekly agenda of MEF through Control Advisory Council on Climate Change, in order to equalize the level of understanding and vision of all parties in Indonesia in addressing climate change issues. The theme of the discussion was "UI GreenMetric Programs to invite campuses as Agents of Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation". This discussion was attended by the Minister, and the top rank office of the MEF Expert Member of Economics sector and Ministry Senior Advisor Ir. Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, and UI GreenMetric team, Prof. Dr. Riri Fitri Sari, Mr. Junaidi, S.S.M.A. and Dr. Nyoman Suwartha. Minister of MEF, Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, expected that the UI GreenMetric programs can be an input for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia in policy formulation and implementation in the sector of green building and more public involvement. The concept of green campus also can be a model as standard application of the concept of green standard of living in all aspects.
GreenMetric names UC Davis the greenest university overall The University of Indonesia’s seventh annual Greenmetric ranking has declared UC Davis the world’s most sustainable university. By using environmental conservation and carbon footprint reduction criteria, UC Davis achieved an aggregate score of 8,396 out of 10,000, while the two runner-ups scored 8,079 and 7,658. UC Davis was ranked highest out of the universities for transportation, including bus and bike usage as part of environmentally-friendly public transportation. UC Davis also achieved a perfect score of 1,800 in the waste section, regarding waste treatment, recycling, paper and plastic policies and sewerage disposal. The ranking, which was announced on Dec. 16, highlights universities that are combating global climate change as well as bolstering energy and water conservation, waste recycling and green transportation. UC Davis scored far ahead of other University of California (UC) campuses, with UC Berkeley earning a 7,156 and UC Riverside earning a 5,346. 516 universities were included in this ranking. Riri Fitri Sara, chairperson of University of Indonesia GreenMetric Rankings of World Universities, congratulated UC Davis on this accomplishment. “UI GreenMetric team is proud to announce [UC Davis] as the greenest and most sustainable campus in 2016 UI GreenMetric Rankings of World Universities,” Sara said via e-mail. “We congratulate [the] UC Davis team for their achievement in making their campus an excellent example for some criteria in UI GreenMetric.” Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter announced his gratitude toward the UC Davis community in helping reach this impressive position. “This ranking not only reaffirms our standing as a global leader in sustainability, but also demonstrates our continuing commitment,” Hexter said in a press release. “All the credit goes to our staff, faculty, and students for being so dedicated to this cause.” According to Camille Kirk, UC Davis’ assistant director of sustainability, the score reflects the continuous efforts of the university community. “Maybe our UC Davis DNA includes a motivation for sustainability because we have been doing this work for decades,” Kirk said. “The way we run the campus, what we research, what we teach students and many of the activities our campus community undertakes all contribute to striving for a more sustainable campus and a more sustainable future for the globe.” In addition to existing sections of transportation, setting and infrastructure, waste, water and energy and climate change, GreenMetric added an education section in 2012, measuring student performance and achievement. UC Davis has a high individual score of 1,382 within education. “Being externally recognised as number one in the world for our efforts is wonderful,” Kirk said. Anthony Estrada, a third-year managerial economics student, said that he is proud of this achievement, and believes that environmental sustainability is one of UC Davis’ drawing factors. “I chose UC Davis for the academics, but other factors like being really green and environmentally friendly are important,” Estrada said. “I know that’s one of the things that makes UC Davis special.” source: UC Davis ranked most sustainable university in the world
MALACCA: Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) has performed well to be ranked number 269 in the 2016 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking list. UTeM’s Centre for Sustainability & Environment director Assoc Prof Juhari Ab Razak said the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking is a system to endorse and recognise initiatives and programmes carried out by universities on environment and sustainability. It is also to provide the result of online survey regarding the current conditions and policies related to Green Campus and sustainability in universities all over the world “Last year’s assessment involved 516 universities from 74 countries. Overall UTeM accumulated 4301 points in six main categories. The categories are Infrastructure, energy, climate change, waste, water, transport and education,” he said in a statement issued today. Prof Juhari said UTeM had carried out various programmes involving sustainability & environment and efforts to save energy at the university level by gazetting policies for the use of energy, waste management and green technology initiatives within the campus. The aim is to trigger the participating university to provide more space for greenery and safeguard environment as well as develop sustainable energy. The recognition shows UTeM’s commitment in carrying out green cluster management and innovative programmes to turn the university into a ‘Green Campus’. Prof Juhari said UTeM believe the recognition from the UI GreenMetric World University would serve as a catalyst to help turn Malacca into a Green Technology City by 2020.-- BERNAMA source: UTEM makes into UI GreenMetric World University list