Indonesian Youth Leaders for Sustainable Planet

2nd NSLSM 2022 Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University
Learn Lesson by Jesika Naibaho

It is an honor to be a part of the participants in the 2nd National Student Leaders on Sustainability Meeting (NSLSM) which is sheltered by UI GreenMetric as the World University Ranking in the field of sustainability, which is hosted by Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University, Serang Banten on November 8-10th 2022. This event is the second implementation after being successfully held at UIN Raden Intan Lampung on October 27-29th 2021 in a hybrid. After the government announced that Indonesia has currently declared the status of the Covid-19 pandemic to be endemic, this year's NSLSM were held in full offline, this is of course an euphoria for delegates and organizers who longed offline activities.

Before being selected as delegates, participants are required to write an essay with the theme “Collective Action for Transforming Sustainable in the Post Pandemic Time” as the main theme of this year's NSLSM, with the sub-themes of 6 UI GreenMetric indicators, Campus Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Change, Waste Management, Water Use, Transportation, and Education and Research. After being assessed by the jury, then the announcement of delegates from each campus that has been registered with UI GreenMetric. After that, the jury selected 10 finalists with the best writings to be presented during the NSLSM events. As participants representing exchange students from Merdeka Belajar who happened to be inbound students at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University, we were given the opportunity to participate.

The first day, on Tuesday November 8th, the delegates departed from their home campus for the University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, the host of the 2nd NSLSM 2022. The second day, Wednesday, November 9th, began with an opening ceremony which was attended directly by the Rector of Untirta, Chair of UI GreenMetric, PIC Governor of Banten and also an Expert member of UI GreenMetric. After the welcoming, the delegates first pledged the Indonesian Student Oath to Protect the Environment, then continued with a material presentation session by Community Action Manager Climate Reality, Arifah Handayani who brought the topic "Environmental Leadership and Theory of Change". This session discusses how young leaders need the attitude and spirit of sustainability and concern for the environment, how the earth today needs real action from every stakeholder and what efforts can be made by students as future leaders.

After that, the long-awaited session arrived, the Action Plan Workshop and FGD. Each team gets one theme from the 6 UI GreenMetric indicators to discuss, then discuss the problems that exist in each of the original universities according to their team's sub-themes, then will be presented in front of the jury. Team 1 with the sub-theme of Campus Infrastructure, initiated the improvement of green open spaces on campus, the creation of vertical gardens, rooftop gardens, and biopori holes. Team 2 with the sub-theme Energy and Climate Change, initiated increased collaboration and action from the campus with various stakeholders, both government and private regarding the maximum use of new and renewable energy by campuses, for example by using larger solar panels, collaborative creation and discovery other renewable energy, examples of fuel from waste and etc. Team 3 with the sub-theme of Waste Management, initiated the existence of a waste academy, namely student empowerment and waste management in the campus environment with various activities such as challenges, workshops, festivals to scholarships. Team 4 with the sub-theme of Water Use, initiated the maximization and utilization of rainwater for the use of clean water on campus, its activities can be carried out by making biopore holes, and using water-saving plumbing tools with examples of sensor faucets. Team 5 with the sub-theme of Transportation, initiated the TransENAK (Efficient, Comfortable, Safe, Credible Transportation) which is the digitization of shuttle services to integrate information about routes, locations, capacities and times by creating a digitization platform. Team 6 with the sub-theme of Education and Research, initiated the KUSIR (Integrated SDGs Curriculum) which includes teaching, research, and community service related to sustainability.

On the third day, the delegates carried out environmental actions, which previously started with gymnastics in the courtyard of the inn with the provided instructors, and continued with breakfast. Then proceed to go to one of the dams in Serang Regency, namely the Sindangheula Dam, to conduct a public lecture consisting of two, the first related to Dam Technology by the Head of BBWSC3 Banten Province. The material provided was very interesting, how dam technology was built, how dams play an important role for urban irrigation, and flood prevention efforts. While the second material is related to Career Opportunities in the Green Energy Sector by Customer Relationship Management, Clean Energy and Sustainability Engineering Enthusiast. This session was also very interesting, the presenters explained how the great opportunities for green energy in the future are very promising, and the transformation that has started today to switch to green energy.

After finishing from the Bendungan, we returned to campus E Sindangsari to do a brief campus tour, followed by lunch. Then get ready to do a city tour to Banten Lama, which begins with visiting the Old Banten Archaeological site museum, followed by the Great Mosque of Banten and the Tomb of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa. Next, we returned to campus E Sindangsari to carry out an environmental action to plant trees, this was one of the best parts of this events, the real action of young people to save the earth from the climate crisis. After finishing planting trees, and taking some photos together, then we returned to the inn. It didn't feel like the 2nd NSLSM activity was coming to an end, marked by the closing ceremony that night. With a series of remarks and inauguration, including the announcement of the best essay, the best FGD group, and also a lucky draw.

There were many impressions during the series of activities, starting from getting acquainted with new friends who have the same awareness regarding environmental issues, this is the best part when Indonesians youth gathering together, discuss environmental issues, and actions that can be taken with various breakthroughs, the out of the box and brilliant ideas from every student from different backgrounds for the efforts that can be made for the environment. This positive events must continue to be supported, future leaders must continue to be equipped with awareness of the importance of sustainability, and it is hoped that all programs that have been designed can then be implemented, starting from their respective campuses to benefit the wider community. We are certainly waiting for the next NSLSM activities as well as bigger and more real environmental actions in the future.