stanbul Technical University was the only Turkish university to rank in the top 100 among the 619 universities in the ranking of GreenMetric, where the campuses of the world's most distinguished universities are evaluated for being green and promoting sustainability.
The success of Istanbul Technical University, which has experienced many innovations and firsts in our country with the Green Campus studies, has also been registered on the international scene. GreenMetric, a platform that creates global awareness on sustainability and environmental awareness, stated that Istanbul Technical University ranks 77th among the world's 619 most reputable universities. ITU became the pride of our country as the only Turkish university that placed in the top 100. GreenMetric is recognized by the world's leading universities for infrastructure, energy, climate change, recycling, water resources, transportation, and education.
Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: "We are the gateway to the city’s nature"
Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, noting that the Green Campus project has been taking place since 2013, said:
"The Ayazağa Campus has been a gateway to the city’s Green Campus projects for many years in the middle of Maslak, which is known for its traffic and skyscrapers. We have given our campus a very different look in the past 5 years as part of the Green Campus Project. We created an environment where the beauties of nature meet with wild life. These include cycling and walking paths, pedestrian-friendly pavement, landscape studies, on-campus lighting work, and different sports fields. ITU is an example of collecting the science and technology needed for a sustainable future, while collecting it with nature-friendly settlements that raise the quality of life. Our campuses have an atmosphere that is enjoyable and peaceful. Our effort to build a campus worthy of our identity, as we approach the 250th anniversary of our university, will continue to progress without slowing down."
Prof. Dr. Kındap: "Our new goal is creating a smart campus"
Our Vice Rector, Prof. Dr. Tayfun Kındap stated that the Green Campus is not just "green" by removing barriers and recycling, but also means that the campus can be maintained in a sustainable way both in terms of the its buildings and its infrastructure. He also stated that applications such as infrastructural studies and permeable concrete, which have been completed up to now, allow the green areas to be completely watered by the pond, and steps were taken to increase the number of bicycle and walking routes on campus to encourage the use of bicycles and to reduce the use of automobiles. Dr. Kındap stated that work continues at full speed for a more livable, aesthetic, meaningful and sustainable campus. Prof. Dr. Tayfun Kındap also stated that this could not have been achieved without the on-going collaborative efforts of the ITU Construction and Technical Department, teaching faculty Prof. Dr. Hayriye Eşbah Tunçay and Prof. Dr. Yasin Çağatay Seçkin. Dr. Kındap added that with the Green Campus project in place, the current goal is to also attain a "smart campus."
The campus has rich biological diversity
Faculty of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture faculty, Prof. Dr. Hayriye Eşbah Tunçay said that when the Green Campus studies started, the main goal was to reach a sustainable niche that is balanced both in terms of structural direction and vegetation, serving all urban ecology, especially Sarıyer and its surroundings. Dr. Tunçay who stated that they have presented a livable campus to ITU residents, that with the Green Campus project, the Ayazağa Campus has become a biologically diverse environment that is visited by all the Istanbulites, which requires less irrigation, provides stress reduction through trees, and reduced carbon footprint through carbon-absorbing plants. Dr. Tunçay stated that millions of plants were grown and many different species came to life in the Ayazağa Campus within the scope of the project, adding that they have also seen the benefits reflected on social life.