UEA Ranked Among World's Top 50 Sustainable Universities

By University of East Anglia Modified on May 22, 2022
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The University of East Anglia is in the top 4% worldwide when it comes to sustainability.

UEA Ranked Among World's Top 50 Sustainable Universities

The University of East Anglia's (UEA's) green credentials have been recognized at a global level after it was named in the world's top 50 universities in one of the world's most recognized league tables for sustainability.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings assess universities against the United Nations' (UN's) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a blueprint for future peace and prosperity for the planet across all UN member states.

The rankings then take the results from the individual 17 SDGs to create an overall ranking, with UEA's submission judged to be joint 47th out of over 1,406 institutions that entered worldwide, putting them in the top 4% worldwide and 10th out of all UK universities.

Making waves in the world of sustainability

Organizations can elect to enter into each of the 17 individual SDG tables, with UEA placing in the top 100 worldwide in eight of the ten it entered. Their best finish was in SDG8: 'Decent Work and Economic Growth', where they came 13th worldwide and 2nd in the UK.

Three of these entries were in the top 20, including SDG15: 'Life On Land,' which marks institutions on their ability to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and halt biodiversity loss. UEA ranked 15th of over 500 institutions worldwide in this category.

UEA's campus: a beautiful place to be

UEA's 360-acre campus grounds are richly biodiverse, and home to 5,793 different species of flora and fauna, including 108 which are rare or endangered.

The area is carefully maintained by UEA's Grounds and Site team and recent projects to improve biodiversity have included working with the Norfolk Rivers Trust to construct a small wetland with a pipe dam and placing woody debris in the river to allow nearby grazing meadows to hold more water.

UEA also placed in the top 50 for SDG13: 'Climate Action,' which assesses a university's capacity to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

UEA student and uea(su) Environmental Officer Megan Watts is a shining example of the University's student body taking climate action, having worked as part of a group organising student meetups for COP26 in Glasgow, supported an eco-anxiety campaign for UEA students and organised an environmental justice student alliance and environmental festival on the University's campus.

Megan said: "In my eyes, UEA's students are integral to its environmentalism — and this university holds a wealth of knowledge, ambition, and drive in its students and lecturers.

"Thanks to UEA and the Green Recovery Fund, I was also able to complete an internship for Norfolk Wildlife Trust as an equality, diversity and inclusivity and communications intern."

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