As the Philippines celebrates “Zero Waste Month” this January, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) continues to spearhead campus sustainability activities while expressing its commitment to support initiatives by the government and the private sector.
In fact, the Covid-19 pandemic did not prevent DLSL to carry on its tradition of taking part in the global commemoration of and promoting campus sustainability through a virtual showcase held in October 28, 2020. The school will not waver in its commitment to promote environmental protection awareness, according to DLSL officials.
Espousing an Essential Advocacy
The entire month of January is known as “Zero Waste Month”, as mandated by Presidential Proclamation no 760, dated May 5, 2014. Zero waste is described as an advocacy that “promotes the designing and managing of products and processes to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials.”
Its goal is also defined as “ethical, economical, efficient and visionary to guide people in having a resourceful lifestyle, wherein discarded materials can be recycled as resources for others to use. Zero Waste Month is also pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. This celebration seeks to motivate Filipinos in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.”
Building Sustainable Futures
Meanwhile, DLSL believes in this tenet. “The world is our one and only village and there is no other place we can call home.” This is the motivation for DLSL to re-envision and build a sustainable future following the 17 United Nations (UN) Strategic Directions. It launched several initiatives to uphold conservation and environmental awareness as its share to take care of “our one and only home.”
Conserving is Cool
One of De La Salle Lipa’s noteworthy projects was named as the “Conserving is Cool” campaign. The school took the lead in the banning of PET bottles and Styrofoam, thereby promoting the use of tumblers and other re-usable containers and utensils. In support of this program, DLSL installed 23 drinking fountains for the use of students, partners, and other stakeholders.
Incidentally, the school’s 2018 annual report of the World Wildlife Fund bared a reduction of almost 80% in the volume of the PET bottles collected inside the campus. DLSL has since then banned single-use plastics and packages inside the university grounds especially as these are among the biggest pollutants found in our ocean today.
Relatedly, The World Wildlife Fund reported that as many as 335 million metric tons of plastics end up in our ocean, half of which is used for single purposes. Based on the same report, the Philippines is the 3rd highest plastic pollutant in the world. Styrofoam and plastics are not only harmful to the life in the ocean but to human health as well.
Other Worthwhile Projects
DLSL also unveiled the “Save Today, Save Tomorrow” undertaking that encourages the entire Lasallian community to conserve the use of water and electricity. On the other hand, “Green is In,” promotes the Lasallian Earth Day. Students and other stakeholders are asked to wear green-colored clothes every first Friday of the month as a symbolic act for environmental conservation. Through these simple initiatives, DLSL puts in its share in preserving the country’s natural resources.
Save Today, Save Tomorrow Tips
In commemoration of the Zero Waste Month, the Sustainability and Inclusive Education Office (OSIE) conceived several “Save Today, Save Tomorrow” Borderfree friendly reminder pointers to guide and support the DLSL community with ideas geared towards adopting a more sustainable lifestyle while at home, at school, or in the place of work. Safety and good hygiene practices are deemed as the most important.
These tips focus on mental health wellness and physical space, waste reduction, diversion and recycling, water usage, energy, paper usage, food, and food usage, and learning resources and community engagement.
The DLSL website features a Learning Management System & Online Learning Resource materials which include a variety of free resources that visitors can use. It is also possible to check events related to wellness, environmental protection, and climate action.
They can always be updated via Canvas and the Institution’s social media pages, social media groups, and departments for related sessions, events, and webinars that may enhance their well-being. Check out information to learn more about carbon footprint & carbon capture and get inspired to “green” your horizons even while at home.