TRU tops for sustainability

Out of 282 post-secondary institutions, lil ol' Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is number one when it comes to sustainability efforts.

That's according to the Sierra Club, which has been ranking universities, colleges and similar schools for 13 years on how sustainable they are. This year, TRU topped that list, the first Canadian school to do that.

The Sierra Club, one of the oldest environmental organizations in the world, ranked schools in six categories. While the Kamloops university didn't top any single category, it ranked second in energy, third in waste and fourth in curriculum options. It also placed 11th in transportation.

The two categories it didn't do so well in — food (48) and research (58) — still were in the top half of the table.

The top five were rounded out by the University of California-Irvine, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Connecticut. Two other B.C. schools were included in the ranking: Simon Fraser University in Burnaby ranked 36th and Selkirk College in Castlegar ranked 230th.

The top-ranking comes a few days after TRU was recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for being the top master's school, according to a press release from the university. It's also achieved a platinum rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System; it's the first school in Canada and only one of six worldwide to do so.


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