Green shoots as DIT springs ahead in global sustainability surveyPosted: 27 February, 2018
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) was recently announced as among the top 10% most sustainable universities in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, a global initiative aimed at encouraging colleges to develop sustainability policies and projects.
The latest UI GreenMetric rankings compared green data from 619 universities in 76 countries in six key areas - setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation and education. DIT was ranked 8th globally in the energy and climate change category, making it the best performing Irish university in this area.
Andy Maguire, Sustainability Coordinator at DIT Green Campus and Paul McDunphy, Head of DIT Estates welcomed the announcement, and in particular the news that that DIT had climbed a staggering 240 places in the rankings. “We were delighted to receive this news and it demonstrates the passion for environmental concerns that can be found throughout DIT. Over 93% of DIT students now use sustainable methods to get to classes, with many of those cycling or walking. The Estates Office use solar-powered buggies to transport goods across our new campus in Grangegorman which is, of course, our most exciting green project where environmental concerns have been at the forefront of design and building plans.”
UI GreenMetric is not the first international body to recognise the achievements of DIT in this area as last year it joined a small group of leading public sector bodies to receive an ISO international best practice certificate for an energy management system developed and successfully implemented by the DIT Estates Office.