U of M System ranks fifth in US in sustainability impact

June 13, 2024

For the third year in a row, the University of Minnesota participated in the Times Higher Ed (THE) Impact Rankings. The 2024 rankings evaluated 2,152 universities from 125 countries/regions, comparing their efforts to conduct teaching, research, outreach and stewardship that support a more sustainable, equitable and healthy future.

The U of M tied for fifth in the U.S. overall and in the top 10% worldwide. Notably, the U of M ranked among the top five in the U.S. for its work related to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Clean water (No. 2 in the U.S., No. 26 in the world)
    • The Water Resources Center's work resulted in the U receiving full marks on a question relating to educational opportunities for the community on water management
  • Climate action (No. 3 in the U.S., No. 53 in the world)
    • The Climate Adaptation Partnership was featured heavily in the submission, leading to full marks on questions relating to providing tools and informing local government
    • CFANS faculty work was featured heavily in the submission, for quantity and quality of research on climate change. 
  • Zero hunger (No. 5 in the U.S., No. 24 in the world)
    • CFANS programs and efforts including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Forever Green Initiative resulted in the U earning full marks for questions relating to providing knowledge and tools on sustainable farming practices.
    • CFANS work relating to the quantity and quality of research on agriculture and food production, and the number of graduates in agriculture, scored highly for the submission
  • Health and well-being (tying for No. 5 in the U.S., No. 85 in the world)

Read the full announcement from UMN News.