荔枝视频成人app T named most sustainable university in the world

The QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2024 placed 荔枝视频成人app T first out of more than 1,400 institutions across 95 countries
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The 荔枝视频成人app has been named the most sustainable university in the world by the , which evaluates post-secondary institutions for their environmental impact, social impact and governance.

The ranking, released today by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds, placed 荔枝视频成人app T first overall out of more than 1,400 institutions across 95 countries 鈥 up one place from the inaugural edition of the ranking last year.

荔枝视频成人app T did particularly well in two of the three main areas comprising the overall ranking: environmental impact, where it moved up one spot to second globally; and social impact, where it ranked fourth in the world 鈥 up three spots. The university also tied for 15th place in the newly added category of governance.

鈥淭he 荔枝视频成人app community is absolutely delighted by this recognition of our global leadership in sustainability,鈥 said 荔枝视频成人app T President Meric Gertler. 鈥淚t is a wonderful tribute to the innovation and commitment of the many 荔枝视频成人app T faculty, students, staff and alumni who are dedicated to meeting every aspect of this great challenge of the 21st century.

鈥淭hey are demonstrating that effective action is possible on our campuses, in our communities and around the world.鈥

The QS sustainability ranking evaluates universities based on data used in the QS World University Rankings. That includes information from reputation surveys and research output related to the . It also considers the availability of institutional policies, operational data, alumni impact and national data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and World Bank.

The ranking uses more than 75 data points, grouped into nine lenses, to rank institutions in its three main categories. For environmental impact, the ranking examines environmental education, research and sustainability. For social impact, it looks at employability and outcomes, equality, health and well-being, impact of education and knowledge exchange. And for governance, the ranking evaluates indicators of good governance such as student representation and transparent financial reporting.

New data points introduced this year include net-zero commitments, renewable energy generation and citations of scholarly research in policy documents.

荔枝视频成人app T鈥檚 exceptional global performance headlined a strong showing by Canada, which had two universities in the top five and three in the top 10 鈥 more than any other country (the University of British Columbia ranked fourth and Western University ranked 10th).

The QS sustainability ranking comes amid several high-profile sustainability initiatives across 荔枝视频成人app T鈥檚 three campuses in recent years.

On the St. George campus, 荔枝视频成人app T has implemented a number of infrastructure projects aimed at achieving the goal of 鈥 a goal it now expects to reach well ahead of schedule and has since been expanded to 荔枝视频成人app T Mississauga and 荔枝视频成人app T Scarborough. These include the construction of Canada鈥檚 largest urban geoexchange field beneath Front Campus, set to be operational in spring 2024, and plans for a significant retrofit of its district energy systems via Project LEAP, an effort supported by the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

At 荔枝视频成人app T Mississauga, sustainability is embedded into academic programs, research and campus operations per the . The campus has a high-tech geothermal system beside the Instructional Centre and is actively expanding the use of solar energy across its buildings. 荔枝视频成人app T Mississauga also launched Project SHIFT, an initiative to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to electricity.

荔枝视频成人app T Scarborough, too, has placed sustainability at the forefront of curricula, partnerships and planning through initiatives supported by its . This fall, 荔枝视频成人app T Scarborough opened a that meets Passive House standards for energy-efficient construction and is also proceeding with new climate-responsible constructions including the Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) and the complex, part of the collaborative EaRTH District initiative that includes plans for a net-zero vertical farm. It's also the host of , an  working to advance the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nearly 30 per cent of all undergraduate courses at 荔枝视频成人app T in 2023-24 have , up from 25 per cent the previous year, and there are more than 100 Undergraduate students in all programs can participate in the , which allows them to explore sustainability from various disciplinary lenses and perspectives. Undergraduate and graduate students alike can also contribute to real-world sustainability initiatives on- and off-campus via the and initiatives.

The university is also making significant progress toward its 2021 commitment to divest from fossil fuel investments in its endowment fund and now collects a fee on all university-funded air travel to fund decarbonization and biodiversity projects on campus.

And researchers across the three campuses 鈥 such as those working with , another 荔枝视频成人app T institutional strategic initiative 鈥 are generating new discoveries, technologies and knowledge that are contributing to a more sustainable future.

In a press release announcing the ranking, QS noted universities鈥 sustainability credentials play an increasingly important role in students鈥 decisions on where they want to study.

鈥淥耻谤 revealed a striking trend: 79 per cent of prospective international students view an institution鈥檚 sustainability practices as extremely or very important. Additionally, 82 per cent actively seek information on these practices while researching universities,鈥 wrote QS鈥檚 CEO Jessica Turner.

鈥淭his demonstrates a clear shift in priorities among today鈥檚 students 鈥 they are increasingly weighing the social and environmental impact of their future alma mater alongside academic excellence.鈥 

Overall, 荔枝视频成人app T is ranked first in Canada and among the top 25 universities globally in the five most closely watched international rankings: QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report鈥檚 Best Global Universities, Times Higher Education鈥檚 World University Rankings, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy鈥檚 Academic Ranking of World Universities and National Taiwan University World University Rankings.