Survey Participation

In order to remain competitive and track our progress in sustainability among other universities and colleges around the globe, UConn participates in two annual surveys that rank institutions based on their green policies, actions, and initiatives. The Sierra Club's Coolest School Survey and UI Green Metric World University Ranking have both had UConn on their lists for the past five years.

The Sierra Club, the largest environmental grassroots organization in the United States, ranks schools based on sustainability data collected in several subject areas, including energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, and financial investments. The UI Green Metric survey takes similar data but ranks schools on a global scale.

Due to the comprehensiveness of these surveys, its completion takes collaboration and participation from many different departments. Though it is time-intensive, it allows us to compile and display the diversity of sustainable work by students, faculty and staff. UConn has ranked nationally in this survey every year since its debut in the top 50 in 2010. We are one of only a few institutions that has remained in the top ten for the past five consecutive years.

Students from EcoHouse and Spring Valley Farm hand out potted plants during the university's Earth Day celebration along Fairfield Way on April 22, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
Nathan Wojtyna looks over grafted Aronia Mitschurinii plants at the Floriculture Greenhouse on May 1, 2015. This project was funded by an Idea Grant. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UI GreenMetric

The Chronicle of Higher Education


UI 2017
Chronicle 2017

UI GreenMetric

The Sierra Club


UI 2016
Sierra 2016


UI 2015
Sierra 2015


UI 2014
Sierra 2014


UI 2016
Sierra 2012