Israeli University makes list of World’s Top 50 Green Campuses

BGU has been ranked 46th in the world rankings recently compiled by GreenMetric, comparing universities in the world on their degree of commitment to environmental education and implementation of sustainable policies. Thousands of institutions and organizations worldwide applied to be graded in the list of 200, and BGU is the only Israeli university to be included.

GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities was established in April 2010 in order to provide a profile for and way of comparing the commitment of universities towards going green and promoting sustainable operation. It is hoped that the rankings will help to promote awareness in institutions of higher education of the value of putting in place policies and systems that will have a positive impact on global warming and climate change, particularly those that help reduce carbon emissions through efficient energy use, and alternative forms of transport, greening the campus and waste recycling. Policies and management practices should also include ways of communicating the importance of the endeavor and finding ways of involving everyone and helping them to contribute with supportive behaviors.

Prof. Dan Blumberg, Deputy Vice-President and Dean of R & D, and the Chairperson of BGU’s Green Council commented, “In many western countries environmental awareness is at the top of public discourse. Unfortunately, in Israel we are engaged in many important issues which push aside the discourse on the environment. As a result, creating a culture of awareness and concern for the environment requires activism on the part of public institutions such as universities and schools. Beyond that, the University includes institutions such as the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) and departments leading the way in environmental fields, making a unique contribution to the world. Our position in the first 50 in the GreenMetric rankings testifies to our achievements in this field.

“The BGU administration and staff have taken on the responsibility of public and environmental action,” he continued, praising Mario Copel, the Deputy Director General for Development and Logistics, for his hands-on involvement in making things happen. “The University is extremely active in this field, indeed it is felt all levels of campus activity campus including among others: research, teaching ‘green activities’ and social involvement in the community.” He noted that the Green Campus steering committee includes himself, an academic, Director of BGU’s Community Involvement Unit Adv. Vered Saroussi-Katz who is experienced in outreach and education and the University’s Director of Marketing Sagi Langer. “Social change doesn’t just happen,” he concludes. “People make it happen.”

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