According to the 2017 GreenMetric World University Ranking published on December 11th, 2017, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon currently holds the 89th position out of 619 universities from seventy-five countries, becoming the most sustainable university in Mexico and the only Mexican institution among the 100 most sustainable universities in the world. UANL shares the list with highly prestigious universities such as Wageningen, Oxford, Nottingham, Groningen, UC Davis, Georgia Tech, Bradford, Kent, UC Berkeley, and Sherbrooke.
The Award for Ecological Merit 2018, in the category of Formal Environmental Education, granted by the Government of the Republic, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) was granted to the UANL on July 16, 2018 , for its trajectory of more than 20 years in the field of environmental care, which has resulted in a prolific production of scientific research on these issues, the management of a sustainable campus, the transverse incorporation of the environmental dimension into their plans and study programs with a holistic vision and the application of policies to reduce greenhouse gases and sustainable mobility on campus, among other actions.
Both the 2018 Ecological Merit Award and the number 1 national ranking of the Green Metric World Ranking of Universities, in its 2017 edition, are a well-deserved recognition of the effort made daily by the members of the university community committed to the principles, values and practices of sustainability.
Likewise, these recognitions also serve to recognize the efforts undertaken by the university authorities to promote an institutional policy aimed at promoting the systematic incorporation of sustainability into all the plans and programs of study, as well as in carrying out all their activities, adding to his academic competitiveness and the fulfillment of his social responsibility.
The actions in the field of education and environmental culture promoted by the UANL have led to important favorable changes in the behavior of the members of the University and their social environment, allowing this Public Institution of Higher Education to induce sustainability in the university curricula, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), promote the conservation and sustainable use of the Natural Capital that is under its protection, correct inefficiencies in the use of energy, take advantage of its potential to develop clean energies, promote the sustainable territorial development of its campuses accompanied by sustainable mobility schemes, among many other actions aimed at caring for the environment, social commitment and plural and democratic life.
Likewise, the UANL has understood that the challenge not only involves the realization of actions in favor of its process of transition towards sustainability, but primarily the formation of a first level human capital, endowed with extensive frontier knowledge, capable of understand their reality and improve it under the sustainability approach.
The recognitions obtained by the UANL in the field of sustainability, indicate that the path followed is correct and that the efforts made are paying off, which encourages us to redouble our efforts to continue moving towards a more sustainable future for the Maximum House of Studies of the state of Nuevo León.