Last year, Mayor Menino honored Northeastern University with the 2011 Green Business Award, applauding the school for its multi-dimensional sustainability strategy and leadership in green initiatives. Mayor Menino isn’t the only one who’s taken notice of the school’s progress, though. The University of Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities just placed Northeastern number two on their list for their remarkable efforts toward campus sustainability and environmentally friendly university management.
Among 178 schools, Northeastern ranked first among all American universities and second globally, only falling behind the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. To be considered in the ranking, UI Green Metric asked the universities to submit details on a number of sustainability indicators that were organized into five main categories — green statistics, energy and climate change, waste management, water usage and transportation — according to news@Northeastern.
“Northeastern’s long-standing commitment to energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability precedes the more recent focus on ‘greening’ and sustainability,” said Carol Rosskam, Northeastern’s sustainability program manager, to news@Northeastern. “Through our efforts to advance sustainability system-wide, we have a tremendous opportunity in higher education to influence millions of students, nationwide and worldwide, who will serve as our future decision and policy makers.”
In October, the University also received an award from MassSave, which noted that in the last five years, the school’s efforts have yielded savings of nearly 10.7 million kilowatt hours annually, translating to roughly $1.3 million a year.
Northeastern’s received LEED Gold certification for two of its buildings, and claims to recycle more than 255 tons of paper, 295 tons of corrugated cardboard, 71 tons of bottles and cans and 58 tons of computers and electronics a year. Their initiatives have already proven to influence their students, including Kelly Benoit, who’s currently trying to ban the use of plastic bags in Massachusetts.
In Boston’s higher ed community, Northeastern’s continued to raise the bar, and we’re excited to see what sustainable move they decide to make next.