“ The concept of green university demands not just the incorporation of a spirit of sustainability into university operations, curriculum planning and daily life on campus; it likewise means providing assistance to the university itself, the community, the society in general, the country and the entire human race in facing a sustainable future through teaching, research, innovation and campus activities”
Green University Initiative Committee at NTNU
Origins of the drive towards achieving a greener world can be traced back to the environmental concerns raised in the backdrop of industrial pollution which was resulting in global warming. Many organizations, recognizing the need for a greener world committed to this drive. Academic Institutions soon realized that they were positioned perfectly to not just commit to being green but to bring that same commitment to reality within their students and have a more lasting impact than any other organization.
From the onset KIU as a responsible educational institute and as a responsible corporate citizen has committed to be a full-fledged green university and also strive to bring greater emphasis on achieving a greener world for the society. KAATSU International University is perhaps one of the most committed to the Green University concept in the world as evidenced by its close association with Green Cross.
KIU has undertaken many environmental projects in Sri Lanka under its Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jagath Seneviratne who is also the president of Green Cross, Sri Lanka. Some of the key projects conducted in affiliation with Green Cross include Green Diary Programme for grade 5 students, launching awareness programmes in areas such as water pollution, degradation of natural forests, effect of heavy use of polyethene and other recycling initiatives in line with our Community service objectives. Further, we have taken extensive efforts to ensure that most of our energy requirements come from clean energy sources such as solar power and it is our aim to rely completely on clean energy solutions for the entirety of our energy requirement in the very near future.
We aim to continue our efforts in the future and we believe that the largest contribution in our part to secure the environment is to instill the same level of commitment of preserving the environment within the minds of our students who will then carry it forward with them and act as advocates.
Barbara Palvin’s visit to Sri Lanka
As an Eco friendly organization, Green Cross Sri Lanka has initiated many valuable environmental projects addressing global warming. Currently, they are on the verge of exploring all the possible ways of providing clean, drinking water to rural areas in Sri Lanka. Realizing the great importance of this initiation as well as the valuable projects conducted by Green Cross International, a group of delegates of the world famous fashion conglomerate, the Giorgio Armani Group, including the world famous fashion model and an ambassador of Armani, Barbara Palvin visited Sri Lanka to observe these ongoing projects.
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The KIU administration has a very high impact on Green University concept as we have to make conscious business choices to expand our existing buildings, carry out renovations, landscaping and other maintenance operations such as waste management and energy management constantly. We have realized these processes although a necessity requires constant monitoring to ensure that decisions regarding such matters are reached prioritizing the Green University concept. Therefore we are committed at all times to make the processes involved greener and sustainable from planning to completion.
Enforcing of Green University concept in most other institutions is limited to the administration and its outreach projects. However, we believe that our Students are the ones best placed to carry on the mantle of protecting our environment. The investment allocated for the education of scholars on these subjects features a future benefit as they will eventually become leaders in their community and champion in society the vital ideas of sustainability. We invite our students as well as any interested parties to work with the many environmental initiatives that are on offer.
We consider our Research Centre a blessing as it allows us to discover new ways to continue with our commitment to the Green University concept more effectively. There are already on-going projects with ecological habitats and different environmental problems. Areas for research may conjointly include giant scale composting, procurement practices, production ways, clean energy sources (solar power etc), and a range of building styles, construction operations, and maintenance practices.
The role of the local community plays a significant part in determining the effectiveness of our Green University concept. We aim to work closely with the local community organizations to maintain the green initiatives already undertaken and to further the awareness levels in the community.