University of Limerick has improved its position in the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.
UL has climbed to 17th out of over 900 universities worldwide in the rankings, which measure each participating university’s commitment to an environmentally friendly future.
The improvement from 20th last year to 17th in 2020 was welcomed by UL President Professor Kerstin Mey, who said “we have achieved this by working together on a whole range of green initiatives on campus”.
“Individually, we have followed the lead of areas like the Glucksman Library in getting rid of disposable cups, we are all more energy and waste aware, we have used the dedicated walking and cycle paths that now link our university with the city, we have car-pooled and recycled,” Professor Mey explained.
“Our UL Green Campus Committee, Environmental Committee and Environmental Society made up of staff and students from across the campus, have led the way on many of these changes.
“Our UI Green Metric Ranking is notable but this success speaks more widely to one of the ways we will develop into the future, aligning ourselves to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability. Small lifestyle changes individually can make a big difference collectively,” Professor Mey added.
UL is situated on a stunning greenfield site that was voted Best Student Campus Ireland earlier in 2020.
It is the second year in a row that UL’s 367-acre campus won the award, a recognition of the unrivalled facilities on offer to the 16,500 students attending the University.