Istanbul Technical University came 77th among 619 universities in the GreenMetric list which evaluates universities according to their green and sustainable campuses. ITU is also the only Turkish university which is in the top 100 of the list.
Istanbul Technical University which accomplished many innovations and initials in Turkey has proven its success internationally with the Green Campus Project. GreenMetric which has become a platform creating global awareness in the fields of sustainability and environment, announced that Istanbul Technical University is at 77th place among 619 other prestigious universities. GreenMetric is evaluating the exclusive universities in the fields of infrastructure, energy, climate change, recycling, water resources, transportation and education.
ITU Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet KARACA mentioned that Green Campus project has been continuing since 2013 and said:
“Ayazağa Campus is a door opening to nature next to Maslak known for its skyscrapers and traffic. Our campus has a new image with the Green Campus project during last 5 years. We created an environment that mixes the beauties of nature with active life by creating cycling and walking routes, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, landscape projects, lightning projects and sport fields. ITU is becoming an example by practicing science and technology for the future. In another aspect, it is elevating life standards with its environment friendly campus. Our campuses have a nice and peaceful atmosphere for spending time. Towards the 250th anniversary of our university, our campus projects will continue with no sign of slowing down.
ITU Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tayfun KIDNAP mentioned that the Green Campus is not only “green” but it also means sustainability with its infrastructure and superstructure for disabled people and recycling. Prof Dr. Kındap, who mentioned the implementations that have been done with the infrastructure and permeable concrete along with the watering of the campuses being done with water from lakes, increasing bike and walk lanes in campus and encouraging the use of bicycles while reducing car use, went on to say that work in creating a livable, aesthetic, meaningful and sustainable campus is going full speed ahead. KIDNAP, added that together with the Green Campus project, the next step is to reach a “smart campus”.