North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has been hon­ored with the 2011 Green Busi­ness Award, pre­sented on Friday by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the fifth annual Mayor’s Green Awards. The Uni­ver­sity is the only higher-​​education insti­tu­tion this year to be rec­og­nized for its multi-​​dimensional sus­tain­ability strategy and lead­er­ship in green initiatives.

Mayor Menino’s lead­er­ship in trans­forming Boston into a truly green city has inspired us all to con­tribute,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Sus­tain­ability at North­eastern goes beyond a green campus; it is a key theme that drives our research and teaching enter­prise. Our stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff share the pas­sion and com­mit­ment for energy effi­ciency and for solving the issues of cli­mate change.”

North­eastern became a founding member of the Amer­ican Col­lege Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dents Cli­mate Com­mit­ment in 2007, pledging to elim­i­nate net green­house gas emis­sions from spec­i­fied campus oper­a­tions, and to pro­mote the research and edu­ca­tional efforts of higher edu­ca­tion to equip society to sta­bi­lize the earth’s climate.

In Jan­uary 2010, North­eastern took its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability a step fur­ther and adopted an action­able cli­mate plan, “Sus­tain­able Action Plan: Roadmap towards Carbon Neu­trality,” which iden­ti­fies short– and long-​​term plans leading to carbon neutrality.

The Green Busi­ness Award from Mayor Menino comes on the heels of numerous other acco­lades that rec­og­nize Northeastern’s lead­er­ship in sus­tain­ability, which, along with health and secu­rity, are leading areas of research.

The Uni­ver­sity has been acknowl­edged for its envi­ron­mental poli­cies, prac­tices, aca­d­emic offer­ings and facil­i­ties. Recently, North­eastern made the Princeton Review “2010 Green Rating Honor Roll” for the second year in a row.

In November 2010, North­eastern was awarded one of the highest rat­ings in North America on the Sus­tain­able Endow­ments Institute’s 2011 Col­lege Sus­tain­ability Report Card. The Uni­ver­sity received a grade of A-​​, which is the highest of any Boston-​​based uni­ver­sity. The report card also named North­eastern an Overall Col­lege Sus­tain­ability Leader and, for the fourth year in a row, a Campus Sus­tain­ability Leader.

North­eastern has also received global recog­ni­tion for its green lead­er­ship. Out of nearly 95 uni­ver­si­ties sur­veyed throughout the world for their sus­tain­ability efforts by Uni­ver­satas Indonesia (UI), North­eastern ranked second in the United States, and fourth overall. UI fac­tored in the loca­tion, amount of green space, elec­trical con­sump­tion, waste man­age­ment, as well as poli­cies, actions and com­mu­ni­ca­tion related to sustainability.

The Inter­na­tional Vil­lage dining area received Food Man­age­ment magazine’s “Best Con­cept” award and was named “Best New Facility” for its high-​​quality and sus­tain­able menu options, and for leading the way in green construction.

The Mayor’s Green Awards rec­og­nize local Boston busi­nesses, res­i­dents and sus­tain­able food leaders that demon­strate extra­or­di­nary per­for­mance related to sus­tain­able envi­ron­mental prac­tices. Nom­i­nees range from com­mer­cial, indus­trial, non-​​profit, aca­d­emic, cul­tural, health-​​care and higher-​​education institutions.

The 2011 Awards were pre­sented to 20 indi­vid­uals or orga­ni­za­tions at a cer­e­mony at Boston Prop­er­ties’ Atlantic Wharf, one of the newest green build­ings downtown.