The founders of the ranking seek to attract the attention of the academic community to the need for a policy of sustainable development of the environment to solve some environmental problems. The main rating criteria include indicators of consumption and energy saving, rational use of water resources, waste storage and processing, use of environmentally friendly vehicles, estimated area of green spaces on the campus. Much attention is paid in the ranking to indicators of educational and scientific activities in this area.
When compiling the rating, the developers used six criteria, each of which includes several indicators:
1. The environment and infrastructure of the university (weight ratio - 15%). Includes 6 indicators. Among them are both specific “environmental” indicators characterizing the overall attitude of the campus to the natural environment (for example, the percentage of the campus area covered with vegetation in the form of forest), and indicators widely used in major academic ratings (number of students, number of academic and administrative staff).
2. Efficient use of energy and impact on climate change (21%). It includes eight indicators, such as the use of energy-efficient appliances, renewable energy sources, total energy consumption per year (kW * h), etc.
3. Waste treatment (18%). This includes 6 indicators that evaluate the university’s capacity in waste management (a university waste management program, toxic waste management, a policy to reduce the use of paper and plastic on campus, etc.).
4. Rational use of water resources (10%). There are only four indicators: the water conservation program and the use of tap water are among them.
5. Transport policy (18%). It includes eight indicators (the number of vehicles belonging to the university, the number of cars entering the university daily, the number of bicycles daily on the university territory, transport policy aimed at limiting or decreasing the parking area on the campus, etc.).
6. Education (18%). This included seven indicators that evaluate the activities of universities in the creation and dissemination of environmental knowledge (training courses on environmental issues, research funds aimed at studying environmental issues, the number of published scientific papers on environmental issues, etc.).
“Green rating” has a number of undeniable advantages over other ratings:
• There are no entry restrictions. Any university that takes part will be in the ranking
• The approach of the creators of the rating is original and goes against the traditional ratings.