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The Role of Green Heroes in Creating Sustainable Campuses

On the 7th of November 2023, UI GreenMetric held an Instagram Live Discussion on "The Role of Green Heroes in Creating a Sustainable Campus." The forum featured three distinguished speakers - Sabarrudin, Ph.D., who is a lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture at Universitas Sriwijaya, Dr. Heni Masruroh, M.Sc, who is the Head of the Center for Environment, Mitigation, and Disaster at Universitas Negeri Malang, and Herik Sugeru, S.P, M.M.S.I., who is the Head of Urban Lab and Smart Farming at Universitas Gunadarma.

The discussion was focused on the significance of green heroes in promoting sustainable practices in campus environments. The objective of the discussion was to explore the importance of green heroes in promoting and implementing sustainable practices in the campus environment. The speakers, who are experts in the field of sustainability, shared their experiences and insights into the role of green heroes in driving sustainable development.

During the discussion, Sabarrudin, PhD emphasized the three fundamental principles that the institution follows to promote awareness and encourage sustainable behavior. The first principle is education, which encompasses the curriculum on sustainability, eco-friendly actions that students can adopt to promote sustainability, and various other applications. The second principle is research and publication, whereby Universitas Sriwijaya allocates 15-20% of its budget towards researching the environment and sustainability. The third principle emphasizes devotion to community involvement, where the institution supports students' commitment to the community and society to raise awareness toward a sustainable future.

Dr. Heni Masruroh highlighted the significance of Green Heroes in promoting sustainable campuses, particularly in Universitas Negeri Malang. A sustainable campus aims to create a green and comfortable environment that fosters academic excellence. The university has integrated various work programs aligned with sustainable environments, including the "Penanaman 1000 pohon" initiative that involves planting a thousand trees to transform the campus into a greener environment. Such strategic initiatives significantly enhance the institution's sustainability and promote its commitment to environmental preservation.

Herik Sugeru emphasized the crucial role of Green Heroes in addressing the challenges and obstacles towards achieving sustainable practices at the university. He underscores the need for collaboration across diverse levels of the institution to develop policies that support sustainability, the action that focuses on creating a greener and more sustainable university environment, and more. Such efforts will require collective commitment and a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that Universitas Gunadarma can effectively tackle the complex issues related to sustainability and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

Remember that we hold the key to a greener tomorrow and can achieve it by joining forces. Let's take action today and work together to build a sustainable future we can all be proud of!

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