Investigation of Green Metric Sustainability Index: Evaluation of Turkish Universities in the Top 500 in 2020 Ranking by Categories


Altun G. , Zencirkıran M.

9th Global Conference on Environmental Studies (CENVISU-2021), Antalya, Turkey, 14 - 16 October 2021

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey

Abstract

Today, universities all over the world want to make a name for themselves with the steps and practices they have taken on sustainability issues by increasing environmental awareness. To achieve this goal, it is inevitable that they focus on a "green campus and sustainable campus". As the interest in sustainable campuses increased, universities started to be evaluated based on their environmental and sustainable activities. In evaluations, some international sustainability indexes such as University League, Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System and GreenMetric, which increase awareness of sustainability, are used and universities are ranked. In this study, international environmental sustainability indexes were examined and comparisons were made between them. The Green Metric ranking system, which is known to be the most preferred among the sustainability evaluation indexes, and in which demanding international universities participate through an online survey, and a total of 6 main categories and 53 indicators with different importance percentages of this ranking system were examined and evaluations were made about their importance percentages.

When the Green Metric ranking results for 2020 are examined, it is seen that there has been an increase in the number of participating countries and 45 universities from Turkey are included in this ranking. In our study, where we consider the Turkish universities in the top 500 in the 2020 Green Metric ranking as material; To determine the category with the highest impact on the success of these universities, universities with different rankings despite having the same overall score were compared. Additionally, some suggestions were made by discussing what needs to be done for Turkish universities to rise to higher ranks.