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Zero plastics use kicks-off at CLSU
EMI | 2010-05-08 11:30:37 AM

Come August 1, use of plastics is going to be a no-no on the CLSU campus.


As one of the university’s strategies to pursue its “Zero Solid Wastes” project and implement its comprehensive environmental management plan (EMP), CLSU will ban plastic bags, wrappers, Styrofoam containers packaging, plastic spoons, forks, polystyrene-made products, and all other non-biodegradable materials on campus. This on-campus prohibition on the use of non-environmentally acceptable utilities is a means of sustaining cleanliness on campus. It is also pursuant to the provisions of RA No. 9003 known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Nueva Ecija Environment Code. The EMP which is a major part of the CLSU Strategic Plan unifies all efforts of the different units of the university working on different environmental concerns. It is meant to “develop a responsible personal behavior for wise and sustained management of resources of the university through a multi-faceted program.”

The EMP has five components, namely; environmental non-formal education program; ecological waste management program; dark green school program green technology and productivity for environmental enhancement program, and biodiversity conservation and management program. The EMP will not only advocate environmental awareness among students but also among all stakeholders of the university to make them imbued with a sense of
responsibility to protect and take care of the environment. A series of awareness campaigns and seminars has been conducted for various sectors in the university – from the key offi cials to the students, tricycle drivers and vendors - to make them aware of the EMP and the various activities that will be implemented by the university and encourage them to actively participate in the program.

Meanwhile, President Ruben C. Sevilleja enjoined the university constituents to use biodegradable or recyclable materials; bring “green” or “environment-friendly” bag as container for purchased items; and segregate containers made of plastic or other materials that can be recycled from those that cannot. A university environment committee headed by Dr. Federico Perez, dean of the College of Agriculture and an expert on environmental science, was tasked to lead in the implementation of the EMP of CLSU, the first of more than a hundred state universities and colleges in the country to formulate and implement a program like this.

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