Greetings from Chairman of Task Force Green Campus Tel-U
TOWARDS AN EXQUISITE CAMPUS
Build on approximate 50 hectares of land area, Telkom University (Tel-U) necessarily requires an exquisite and pleasant environment. The calm and peaceful atmosphere down the lush trees is desired by every academician. Thus a comfortable learning atmosphere would appear that encourages productivity and creativity of students and lecturers.
The condition of Tel-U campus when it was unveiled on August 2013 was still barren in some areas, especially in the northern part. It was very reasonable considering the northern part of the campus was a new open area, compared to the South part.
Moreover, there was still a lack of information that invited academician to care and environmentally friendly. The number of trash has not spread as well as waste management was not maximized. Most of faculty has launched a non-smoking campus but still, not optimal. Similarly, the use of electricity and paper also not efficient.
It is not a piece of cake to realize the enchanting campus. In addition to plant thousands of trees through a number of programs such as “Go Green Partnership Program”, the academician’s awareness also must be raised to not pollute the environment. Concern for the reduction of ‘Global Warming’ effect, climate change and increasing emissions of CO2 be the important matter. This is in line with the declaration of ‘The Decade of Education for sustainable development’ by the United Nations (UN) in 2005-2014.
This encourages Tel-U embodies a Green Campus. The goal is to change behavior and to give more attention to environmental sustainability, especially in the academic community. In addition to create a healthy, clean, beautiful and green campus environment. And the big goal is to establish a comfortable and conducive environment to support the teaching and learning process.
Green Campus defines as the realization of environmental campus and environment awareness by the academic community through environmentally behavior as well as integrating environmental science into policy, management and activities of Tri Darma University.
Thus, during the last three years, all academic community work together to realize the Green Campus by doing these action:
• build the lake and fill it with a variety of fish
• build Bio pore, pay attention to irrigation
• Replacement of energy saving lights (LED, Solar cell)
• Planting building with automation
• Forest campus
• Protection of birds, a ban on bird shooting
• Café from Bamboo
• Preparation of a bicycle parking lot
• No smoking on campus
• Construction of roads and parking lots using paving blocks
• build the Gazebo for discussion and learning
• Construction of buildings considering the plenty sunlight and air vents
These efforts are gradually bearing the result. One of them is Tel-U managed to rank 11th at National and 212 of the world rankings from Greenmetric University of Indonesia (UI GreenMetric World University Ranking). GreenMetric is best universities’ data ranking around the world which acquire high commitment in environmental management campus.
Table: Tel-U in UI GreenMetric 2015
This achievement is certainly not the final goal, the main objective of Tel-U is increasing the academic community’s awareness to care about the environment. Thus, the commitment to maintain an exquisite campus is not only quantitative but also figures more as a necessity of life that protecting the environment is not only a duty of academic community, but as human beings with dignity. (***)