15 Mar 2019

Telkom University, UI and UNPAD Organized Workshop on Environment

The change in the industrial era is now getting bigger, now the world has entered the era of industry 4.0 where today humans have been greatly facilitated by the existence of technology and digitalization as the main driving factors in people’s lives that make boundaries invisible.

In line with the development of technology now the big question arise, what about the natural resources provided by our Earth our “Home” then? As can be understood through scientific or religious methods that the earth has its resource capacity.

It’s no secret that economic growth and energy have sacrificed environmental quality. In response to this challenge, experts in various countries are looking for ways to slow or prevent pollution, preserve natural resources and protect the remaining environment.

Looking at the problem the university as an agent of change, especially related to efforts to increase environmental awareness and how to apply the concept of sustainability in the governance of the University area is an unavoidable problem.

In order to create development towards a green campus concept that is environmentally friendly in universities, University of Indonesia and Telkom University organized a “UI Green Metric Workshop: Sustainability Officer” which was held on March 13-14 2019.

Carrying the theme “Raising the Participation of Higher Education in Nurturing The Environment Through Sustainability Office” this event aimed to raise awareness about the need for ‘sustainability office / officer’ in universities, provide training in skills and knowledge to the ‘sustainability officer’ and support universities to become sustainable campus.

This activity was held in two places, where for the opening was held at Sebatik Building Telkom University, and the second day was held at Padjajaran University Campus, Jatinangor.

The UI GreenMetric Workshop was held in 25 countries, the results of which will be presented at an international workshop in Ireland. As for Indonesia, this activity will be attended by companies that contribute to environmental management, as well as 300 participants from all universities in Indonesia who are members of the Greenmetric UI.

This workshop will be filled by speakers namely: Prof. Adiwijaya (President of Telkom University) Prof. Riri Fitri Sari (Chairperson of UI GreenMetric – University of Indonesia), Prof. Ahmad Zaharin Aris (Chairman for the UPM working committee on Sustainable Green Campus Universiti Putra Malaysia), and Dr. Sigid Suseno (Deputy Rector IV UNPAD).

According to the Director of University Secretariat of Telkom University and chairman of the event Dr. Abdurahman Baizal explained that Universities needed to raise awareness with all its academic communities. Universities also needed to carry out activities that were relevant, consistent, in line with the concept of sustainability.

“All these efforts must be jointly managed not only by academics or the government, but all must be a joint initiative, because we live in the same” House” called Earth.” He said

UI Green Metric is the annual publication of university ranking in the world related to Sustainability. To date more than 700 universities from more than 30 countries around the world have participated in the UI Green Metric. UI Green Metric  since 2010 has conducted a ranking to become a standard reference for university development in the academic field. However, the criteria used for university assessment do not give appreciation for the efforts that have been made in reducing carbon, and help reduce global warming. Criteria for calculating UI GreenMetric values: Land and Infrastructure Arrangements, Energy and Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation and Education.

Telkom University as one of the green campuses in Indonesia which is ranked 150th in the world is very focused on the quality of the campus environment that can support teaching and learning process, because Telkom University campus believes that a healthy environment can produce a good teaching and learning process. (***)

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