CES University reaffirmed in 2020 its commitment to being a sustainable institution. This was demonstrated by the measurement carried out by the international ranking GreenMetric, which placed it as third with the best sustainability indexes in the department of Antioquia, 13th at the national level and 158 globally.
For the third consecutive year, the institution was well qualified by this ranking directed by Universitas Indonesia, which created this project in 2010 to analyze sustainability policies in 992 universities in the world.
“CES University has been part of the project since 2018. There the sustainability situation and policies are analyzed in order to fight against global climate change, energy and water conservation, waste recycling and ecological transport. Six categories are used for this: environment and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transport and education”, Explained Tatiana Molina Velásquez, head of the Sustainability office.
Although the institution dropped one box compared to the 2019 location, going from position 12 to 13, and from second to third place at the departmental level, the Sustainability coordinator added that it should be taken into account that this year more universities were presented to the project , which had 922 universities participating in 2020 compared to 780 that were presented in 2019.
This situation was evidenced when reviewing the improvement in the qualification compared to 2019 that the University had in the various categories, which evaluated a percentage of compliance over 100%, the maximum score.
In Environment and infrastructure it rose from 55% to 61.67%; in Energy and climate change it rose from 61.9% to 65.48%; in the Water category, it remained stable with 75%; in Transportation it went from 66.6% to 69.44%; in Education it increased from 63.8% to 79.17% and in Waste it had its highest rise, going from 58.3% to 75%.
Some outstanding initiatives of the institution that have led it to be a protagonist in these lists have been the use of solar energy to power its facilities and the single-use plastic policy, as well as the special location of some of its headquarters in areas wooded areas that are prioritized to reserve.