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Leiden University takes eighth place in global sustainability ranking

Leiden University has taken eighth place in the UI Green Metric, a global sustainability ranking for universities. Over 900 universities from all round the world participated in the ranking.

The UI Green Metric is the initiative of the University of Indonesia (UI). This university makes an annual inventory of how universities around the world deal with matters such as energy, climate, recycling, transport and water. The UI also looks at the extent to which sustainability is included in the teaching and research, and what budget is assigned to it.

Last year was the first time Leiden University made it to the top ten of the ranking, where it shared seventh place with the University of Groningen. This year Groningen is that bit more sustainable than Leiden, which means Leiden takes eighth place. This year Wageningen is once again the most sustainable university in the world.

Waste and water management

According to the Green Metric report, Leiden University performs particularly well when it comes to waste – waste reduction and recycling – and water management. Where it can improve is to focus more on sustainability in its teaching and to increase the biodiversity on its campuses.

The full ranking, divided into categories, can be found on the UI Green Metric website

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