Eco-Green Campus: The University’s Contribution to Elevate the Implementation of Low Carbon and Net Zero Emission

On the 6th of October 2023, UI GreenMetric hosted an Instagram Live Discussion centered on the theme of "Eco-Green Campus: The University's Contribution to Elevate the Implementation of Low Carbon and Net Zero Emission." The forum featured three exceptional speakers, namely Dr. Juan Sebastián Proaño Aviles, Sustainability Coordinator at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and Dr. (Cand.) Anita Trisiah, M.Sc., Lecturer at Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Patah Palembang, and Mr. Cepi Kurniawan, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D., Lecturer at Universitas Negeri Semarang. The discussion was insightful and offered valuable insights into the role of universities in promoting eco-friendly initiatives. The speakers highlighted the importance of low-carbon and net-zero emission practices and shared their experiences on how universities can effectively contribute to this goal. The event was a success, and attendees had the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of sustainability. It is widely recognized that universities are vital in promoting sustainability and implementing a Low Carbon and Net Zero Emissions strategy. However, achieving these objectives may require significant changes in behavior, as well as addressing economic and social sustainability issues. As key stakeholders in this regard, universities can serve as role models for society and essential partners for the government. Their commitment to sustainability sets an inspiring example, guiding them towards a more environmentally conscious path. Furthermore, the transformative change necessary to achieve these goals rests with every university's stakeholders, from the younger generation of students to university leaders. With their passion, creativity, and eagerness to address environmental challenges, they can drive sustainable initiatives and contribute meaningfully to this vital cause. Dr. Juan Sebastián Proaño Aviles, the Sustainability Coordinator at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, emphasizes the significance of taking meaningful steps toward sustainability. He suggests that raising awareness, especially among the younger generation, and enhancing facilities, infrastructure, and transportation that support a greener and healthier environment have a pivotal role in achieving this goal. According to Dr. Juan, these measures are critical in promoting sustainable practices and fostering a culture of sustainability, which is essential for businesses and academic institutions. By prioritizing sustainability, organizations can contribute positively to the environment, reduce their carbon footprint, and enhance their reputation as responsible and ethical entities. Dr. (Cand.) Anita Trisiah, M.Sc., a Lecturer at Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Patah Palembang, has highlighted the significance of society and policymakers in contributing towards a low-carbon future. She emphasizes that a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues is vital for individuals to address environmental concerns effectively. Incorporating green issues and environmental action into educational curricula can play a pivotal role in supporting a low-carbon future. It is imperative to recognize that environmental preservation efforts are not limited to stakeholders alone, but encompass students and society at large. Thus, the participation of all stakeholders in these efforts is critical. According to Cepi Kurniawan, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D., a lecturer at Universitas Negeri Semarang, creating a net zero campus requires a sustainability-focused approach to the curriculum and daily studies, as well as offering research opportunities for students. This initiative can have a significant positive impact on the environment while supporting Indonesia's goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2060. By emphasizing sustainability in education, we can instill eco-friendly values in our future leaders and contribute to a healthier planet. We must work together toward realizing a sustainable future, and this can only be possible through collective effort and a shared vision for the future.

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Written by: Nadhira Rahmani Zulkarnain & Yovita Yiwananda Yamin S.Hum., M.Si