MAASTRICHT. For the fourth year in a row, Wageningen University has been declared most sustainable institute of higher education. The university is practically unassailable in the annual SustainaBul ranking. The UM dangles at the bottom.
Every year, the students from the sustainability network Morgen, of which the UM Green Office is also a part, create a sustainability ranking of universities and schools of higher education. They send the educational institutes a questionnaire and award points based on the answers and evidence.
Wageningen is at the top, just like the previous three years. But TU Eindhoven came close this year and has climbed from the tenth to second place. Among the schools of higher education, Hogeschool Utrecht scores the highest again.
The UM is at the bottom, in an unranked remainder group. The problem in Maastricht is that realisation of the plans is a long time coming, says first-year law student Anselm Grahl, co-ordinator for Green Office. “There are various reasons, such as the high degree of decentralisation of faculties, the internal conflicts at Facility Services and a lack of awareness among researchers and lecturers. Sustainability is not just about the environment, but also about social cohesion and economics.”