UBC and SFU post high scores in global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings on sustainability

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      B.C.'s two major research universities have been recognized internationally for their efforts to promote a greener future.

      The University of British Columbia ranked seventh overall when it comes to addressing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

      That's according to the recently released Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

      The UN has 17 SDG goals addressing everything from eliminating poverty to promoting good health, well-being, and climate action.

      UBC scored exceptionally well in the following three categories:

      * climate action: Number 1

      * life below water: Number 1

      * life on land: Number 3

      “I’m pleased that UBC continues to stand out in the Times Higher Education impact rankings," UBC president Santa Ono said. "The result speaks to the incredible work by our faculty, students and staff in responding to the world’s most pressing issues."

      The University of Auckland ranked first overall, followed by three Australian Universities, then Arizona State University, and University of Bologna.

      Simon Fraser University ranked 19th overall of the 760 institutions evaluated.

      In the ranking for impact on sustainable cities and communities, SFU came first.

      SFU ranked fourth in the peace, justice and strong institutions category and seventh in life below water.

      “As Canada’s engaged university, we have made it our mission to help build healthy, resilient and sustainable communities,” SFU president Andrew Petter said in a news release. “It is especially gratifying, therefore, to now be recognized as a world leader. This success is testament to the commitment of our staff, faculty and students to make sustainability a priority on our campuses and in the communities we serve.”