UPM jumps to 28th best 'green' university in the world

Last update: 06/12/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 -- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has climbed to 28th in the world and number one in Malaysia in the 2019 UI-Greenmetric World University Rankings and is in the top four percent of the most sustainable campuses in the world.

In a statement tonight, UPM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datin Paduka Dr Aini Ideris said UPM has maintained its ranking as the number one university in the country for 10 consecutive years in the UI-Greenmetric World University Rankings 2019 and also places the university third in Asia and second in Southeast Asia.

"This success is an effort by all UPM residents to make environmental sustainability a personal practice and commitment, and UPM has always made improvements in producing renewable energy resources on campus.

"We ensure that green building elements are included in every university's development and renovation policy, and also address issues of environmental sustainability in the teaching and learning syllabus," she said.

She added that all entities in UPM are systematically engaged in various initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water rehabilitation and recycling programmes.

This UI-Greenmetric rating measures the university's commitment to developing environmentally friendly infrastructure and campus preservation initiatives that have attracted 780 universities from 85 countries around the world.

The UI-Greenmetric Ranking evaluates efforts to preserve green campuses using more than 60 indicators in its evaluation that cover six areas of scope: land and infrastructure (15 percent), energy and climate change (21 percent), waste (18), water (10), transportation (18) and education (18).

The results released on Dec 4, 2019 saw American and European universities dominate the top 20.