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DCU is among the world’s greenest universities

DCU is the world’s 15th “greenest” university according to the 2017 Universitas Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric World University Rankings. The GreenMetric ranking measures how environmentally-friendly a campus’ infrastructure and design is. The survey includes 619 universities in 76 countries based on their campus setting, energy & climate change policy, waste treatment and recycling efforts, water management, transportation system, and environmental education initiatives. The latest GreenMetric result saw DCU climb 12 places from its 2016 ranking.
Samantha Fahy, DCU Sustainability Officer, happily affirmed the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability: “We are delighted to have UI recognise DCU’s commitment to playing its part as a responsible organisation that prioritises this global challenge. It is another step towards our ambition to become an exemplar to both our students and the world around us.”
DCU aims to reduce its carbon footprint until it becomes completely carbon-neutral in the long run. It also seeks to implement sustainability principles, literacy, and awareness into its curriculum. Other plans include establishing an inter-campus electric shuttle system and developing a long-term sustainability plan that accommodates student growth projections. DCU even divested from its direct investments in fossil fuels and decreased its indirect holdings below 1%.
Both faculty and students share in the school’s vision. Recently, its team of engineering students won third place at the 2017 ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge on developing low-carbon technologies for the future of Ireland. At this juncture, DCU is poised to exert more effort in ensuring a healthy environment for future generations.