Universities today bear the same responsibility to confront environmental challenges as any other organizations, institutions, and municipalities. According to United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), a university, as a whole or as a part, can make unique contributions through research, teaching, outreach, and student initiatives in helping society to make the transition towards sustainability. The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) sets out the vision, Go Green in its strategic plan and recognized as a leader in embedding sustainability in all aspects of our operations, teaching and learning, research, engagement and governance. This is the first ever campus sustainability in Bangladesh.
The following actions are the key focuses of Greening ULAB
Our Greening Performance at a Glance
The Big Launch
In April 2014, the action plan of Greening ULAB was presented at the 1st Regional Conference on Campus Sustainability held at the University Malaysia Sabah. At the conference, Greening ULAB received accolades, especially for its programs on energy conservation and waste recycling from the regional and global campus sustainability leaders. The poster presented at the conference was adjudged as one of the top 5 posters out of the 37 ones presented.
Re-launching Greening ULAB
In order to disseminate the actions of ensuring Go Green activities with all the new students Greening ULAB re-launched at 10th August, 2016. DR. A Atiq Rahman, executive director of Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS) along with VC and the Director of CSD inaugurated the re-launching program.
Green Ambassador Program
The Green Ambassador program is to create awareness and promote “Go Green” activities among the students in the campus. The aim of this program is to provide the tools, knowledge and leadership skills to inspire sustainable practices in a fun and engaging environment.
The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh is a member of “The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). The EAUC is the environmental and sustainability champion within Further and Higher Education in the UK which was launched in 1996 with the aim of raising the profile of environmental management and facilitates improvement of environmental performance in member institutions.
Action towards Campus Sustainability
First University to commit to paper recycling project
ULAB recycles whole year’s waste material (i.e. used paper, newspapers, books, magazines) through Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd (A well known paper mills in Bangladesh that produced paper). The departmental and administration offices collect the reused and/or recyclable papers and send the bulk to the Greening ULAB storage. Two paper collection boxes have been placed at the lobbies of both campus A and B.
PVC Banner and Plastic Recycling
Banners are made of a variety of polymers, the most common of which, reinforced PVC (scrim banner media) has been called the “poison plastic” by environmental groups due to the environmental effect of its production, use and disposal. ULAB organized workshop to reuse the PVC banner in the form of bags, wall art and donating to social organizations which run street school for underprivileged.
Environmental Art Workshop
We also arranged an environmental art workshop in order to explain the creative potential of non-traditional re-usable materials. We inspire our students through eco-conscious art projects and also teach them how to make environmentally sustainable choices as an artist and citizen.
A baseline survey of discovering the perception of internal stakeholders (Students, faculty and staffs) about the Greening ULAB has been carried out last year. The results will be released along with the Greening ULAB report, which showcases the campus sustainability activities.