Archive for Campus Sustainability
As a continuation of the JCAP Conference on Sustainability in 2016, the AJCU-AP Sustainability of Life Project was held at Sanata Dharma University from March 7, 2018 to March 9, 2018 in which the main concern is being environmentally friendly not only on campus, but also in society. Representatives from Ateneo de Manila (Philippines), Ateneo de Davao (Philippines), Xavier University (Philippines), Instituto São João de Brito (East Timor), Politeknik ATMI Surakarta (Indonesia), and Sanata Dharma University (Indonesia) participated in this project.
On Tuesday 27 February, I was privileged enough to be part of the sustainability excursion to the ‘Rethink’ Education Centre’, located at the Recycling Material Recovery Facility in Bellfield. At ‘Rethink’, recycling is sent from a number of local councils and sorted into different materials that can be reprocessed and reused. We learnt about the resources we take from the earth to create packaging; oil is used to make plastic, bauxite for aluminium, iron ore for steel cans, sand for glass and trees for making paper and cardboard. We were given a tour of the facility. Everybody was waiting for this moment.
Sustainability programs at Xavier College have been growing in energy, enthusiasm and momentum. We are delighted to have all three campuses signed up to the ResourceSmart Schools program. This is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability into everything they do. Schools take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our experimental farm “Andrés Vloeberg” is located in the Madre Vieja Sur sector at 3.4 kilometers, approximately 10 minutes from the physical plant of the Instituto Politécnico Loyola (IPL). The production of the same one is divided in: cunicultura, porcicultura, ovine upbringing and pecuaria; On the other hand there is the area of nurseries of ornamental fruit trees and nurseries. It has areas of greenhouses and open field, the latter houses temporary tropical crops. All this with the objective that the students of Agronomy of the Technical Baccalaureate and those of Agro-enterprise Engineering of the Specialized Institute of Higher Studies Loyola (IEESL), develop their practices.
Thanks to the roads built for safe transit cycling in the commune 22, which are connected with the entire city, mobilizing Xaverian cycling has grown significantly. At the moment we have 145 parking spaces for bicycles and is planned to continue building more parking places, thanks to the growing number of Xaverian who choose to use these non-motorized vehicles.
Besides being very convenient for mobility, the use of bicycles is a way to protect the environment, this being a sustainable maintenance alternative that avoids generating more pollution to the city. Moreover, the bike is also a way to train and exercise, becoming a great way to improve our health.