North­eastern Uni­ver­sity con­tinues to gain recog­ni­tion for its long-​​standing com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability, ranking second among 178 schools world­wide in the Uni­ver­sity of Indonesia (UI) Green­Metric Ranking of World Uni­ver­si­ties. The UI Green­Metric ranks higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions on their efforts toward campus sus­tain­ability and envi­ron­men­tally friendly uni­ver­sity management.

North­eastern was ranked first among all Amer­ican uni­ver­si­ties and second glob­ally only to the Uni­ver­sity of Not­tingham in the United Kingdom. The method­ology required 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.

Northeastern’s standing improved from the UI Green­Metric in 2010, when it was ranked fourth out of 95 schools worldwide.

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. “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 policymakers.”

This latest recog­ni­tion fol­lows Northeastern’s highly regarded award in October from Mass Save  — an ini­tia­tive spon­sored by Mass­a­chu­setts’ gas and elec­tric util­i­ties and energy-​​efficiency ser­vice providers — for its ded­i­ca­tion toward energy effi­ciency improve­ments. North­eastern was the only uni­ver­sity rec­og­nized among a group of 15 insti­tu­tions that included busi­nesses, hos­pi­tals and a waste-​​treatment facility.

In earning the Mass Savers Award, North­eastern was lauded for its com­mit­ment to energy effi­ciency. The award noted that in the last five years, the university’s efforts have yielded sav­ings of nearly 10.7 mil­lion kilo­watt hours annu­ally, or about $1.3 mil­lion a year.

In August, The Princeton Review’s 2012 annual col­lege guide, “The 376 Best Col­leges,” also included North­eastern in its Green Honor Roll for the third con­sec­u­tive year. The Sus­tain­able Endow­ment Insti­tute has also deemed North­eastern a “Campus Sus­tain­ability Leader” in its annual report cards each of the last four years.

Northeastern’s other sus­tain­ability efforts and green prac­tices include LEED Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for two of its build­ings, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage and Dockser Hall, and “Com­post Here,” the university’s food waste com­posting ini­tia­tive. The uni­ver­sity also part­nered with the city of Boston this fall to launch a bike-​​sharing pro­gram called Hubway that pro­motes sus­tain­able options for moving around campus and throughout the city.

The university’s com­mit­ment to advancing envi­ron­mental sus­tain­ability is also reflected in its research and teaching. Sus­tain­ability is one of Northeastern’s pri­mary research pri­or­i­ties, and fac­ulty mem­bers leverage the university’s approach of use-​​inspired inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research to dis­cover solu­tions to global chal­lenges such as clean water and energy effi­ciency. Stu­dents also strive to tackle these chal­lenges through inno­v­a­tive course work, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research projects and high-​​impact experiential-​​learning opportunities.