Greenmetric: 8 Italian HEIs in the top 100 worldwide

Greenmetric: 9 Italian HEIs in the top 100 worldwide

Greenmetric: 9 Italian HEIs in the top 100 worldwide


GreenMetric is an annual international ranking of the sustainability and green parameters performance of universities worldwide. Universities are given a score reflecting their efforts in reducing the ecological footprint of the university and sustainability education and research.

The ranking was launched in 2010 by the University of Indonesia to promote sustainability in higher education institutions and allow comparisons between them. Since then, the number of participants has grown and the methodology has been refined based on feedback from participating universities.

The 2021 edition sees 9 Italian HEIs in the top 100 worldwide: The University of Bologna, the Polytechnic of Turin, LUISS University Rome, the University of Turin, the University of L’Aquila, the University of Genoa, the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Padua, and the University of Salerno.

The bad news is that Italy lost a top 10 member: the University of Bologna, which was 10th in 2020, is 12th in 2021.

The (very) good news is the number of Italian top 100 HEIs, which increased from 6 in 2020, to 9 in 2021.



Criteria and indicators of the UI GreenMetric

Abbr. Criterium Weight Indicators
SI Setting & Infrastructure 15%
  • The ratio of open space area towards total area (75)
  • Area on campus covered in forest (50)
  • Area on campus covered in planted vegetation (150)
  • Area on campus for water absorbance (200)
  • The total open space area divided by total campus population (75)
  • University budget for sustainability effort (100)
EC Energy & Climate Change 21%
  • Energy efficient appliances usage (200)
  • Smart building program implementation (300)
  • Number of renewable energy sources on campus (300)
  • The total electricity usage divided by total campus population (150)
  • The ratio of renewable energy produced towards energy usage (100)
  • Elements of green building implementation (300)
  • Greenhouse gas emission reductions program (200)
  • The ratio of total carbon footprint divided campus population (300)
WS Waste 18%
  • Recycling program for university waste (325)
  • Program to reduce the use of paper and plastic in campus (300)
  • Organic waste treatment (300)
  • Inorganic waste treatment (300)
  • Toxic waste treatment (300)
  • Sewerage disposal (300)
WS Water 10%
  • Water conservation program (300)
  • Water recycling program (300)
  • The use of water efficient appliances (200)
  • Piped water consumed (200)
TR Transportation 18%
  • The ratio of total vehicles (cars and motorcycles) divided by total campus population (200)
  • Shuttle services (300)
  • Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) policy on campus (200)
  • The ratio of ZEVs divided by total campus population (200)
  • Ratio of parking area to total campus area (150)
  • Transportation program designed to limit or decrease the parking area on campus (200)
  • Number of transportation initiatives to decrease private vehicles on campus (200)
  • Pedestrian policy on campus (300)
ED Education & Research 18%
  • The ratio of sustainability courses towards total courses/modules (225)
  • The ratio of sustainability research funding towards total research funding (75)
  • Sustainability publications (300)
  • Sustainability events (300)
  • Sustainability student organizations (300)
  • Sustainability website (200)
  • Sustainability report (100)


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