Voronezh State University has been included in the "ecological" ("green") ranking of world universities UI Green Metric Ranking of World Universities 2014 published regularly by the University of Indonesia (UI). In the Green Metric Ranking of 2014, VSU was 231st among the 360 universities worldwide, gaining 41 places in comparison with the previous year. Among the twelve Russian universities in the ranking, VSU came seventh.
The ranking is aimed at raising awareness about environmental issues among the academic community. The six main criteria of the ranking include energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management and recycling, environment-friendly transportation policy, and the percentage of area on campus covered in vegetation. In addition, the indicators of education and research related to environment and sustainability are taken into account when creating the ranking.