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GreenMetric Ranking 2020

Université de Sherbrooke still ranked first in Canada in sustainable development

Sherbrooke, le 11 décembre 2020 – Five months after receiving a Platinum Rating from the global STARS certification in sustainable development, the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) has now received the highest Canadian score in the GreenMetric world university rankings. The Green University has therefore preserved its spot for an eighth year in a row. Globally, UdeS ranks 14th among the 912 universities from 84 countries listed in the 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking (WUR) and is 3rd in North America.

Once again, UdeS stands out in the GreenMetric rankings with 8,525 points out of a total 10,000 for the following criteria: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education and research. This performance is especially remarkable given that the popularity of this annual ranking has risen every year with over 900 universities worldwide now participating.

“After receiving the first STARS Platinum Rating for a Quebec institution this summer, keeping our first-place position in Canada in the GreenMetric rankings again confirms our institution’s leadership in sustainable development. These extraordinary results honour all the members of our university community who, year after year, have shown an ongoing commitment to incorporate sustainable development principles into their teaching, research, community service, and management activities,” said Professor Denyse Rémillard, Deputy Rector and Vice-President, Administration and Sustainable Development.

A year of excellence

In addition to ending the year on a high note, UdeS’s performance once again demonstrates the effectiveness of its 2018-2022 Sustainable Development Plan. Despite the global pandemic, the sustainable development actions that the academic community has deployed and maintained in 2020 deserve to be commended.

Through its reduction of GHG emissions to become carbon neutral by 2030, its creation of a university nature reserve in the heart of Parc Mont-Bellevue, its launch of a guide to environmentally conscious research, its highest distinction in sustainable development for an educational institution (STARS), and its creation of a new administrative unit in mobility, the UdeS aspires to lay a path to a better world.

About the UI GreenMetric WUR

Published this year for the eleventh time, the UI GreenMetric WUR compares indicators measured by universities to promote sustainable development on their campuses and manage their environmental challenges. This annual ranking also fosters inter-institutional collaboration.

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Isabelle Huard, Media Relations Advisor
Communications Department | Université de Sherbrooke
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