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Visit to National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan, 7-11 March 2016

UI GreenMetric team visited National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) on March 07-11, 2016. In their visit, they learned about sustainability management office, information and data collection related to sustainability, and studied a variety of innovations and best practices carried out in NPUST, especially in the field of energy management and sustainability. NPUST is the second largest university in Taiwan and has participated in UI GreenMetric survey since 2012. The Campus became the best university in Taiwan in the 2015 version of UI GreenMetric Ranking. President Prof. Chang-Hsien Tai, Ph.D said that UI GreenMetric is one ranker that provides a lot of influence on developments in NPUST. The university emphasizes research and the creation of a wide range of research products which then it can contribute to agriculture, mainly because of Pingtung is one of the provinces with the most revenue is from the agricultural sector. Various products produced by the university are processed to obtain a patent from the government of Taiwan and the USA. Here are some sustainable technologies that we can look at NPUST. [caption id="attachment_3162" align="aligncenter" width="561"]1 Green Roof System International College[/caption] Green Roof System is designed by one of the professors in NPUST. The foreign students will be involved in its manufacture. This system is a sustainable construction with insufficient soil condition and specific plants that are resistant to this condition. [caption id="attachment_3163" align="aligncenter" width="561"]2 Jingsi Lake[/caption] Jingsi Lake is one of the artificial lake in NPUST for purposes of maintain the water availability in a university environment. [caption id="attachment_3164" align="aligncenter" width="561"]3 Heat Pumps[/caption] Heat pumps technology is being used in NPUST as an alternative water heater source. This facility is more power-efficient, because its use two-thirds of the amount of electrical energy. [caption id="attachment_3165" align="aligncenter" width="561"]4 Rain Water Recycling Treatment[/caption] A model of this building system is provided for educational purposes both for students and the communities. The rain water from the roof will be inserted in the ground tank and then be re-pumped so that can be used for a variety of purposes [caption id="attachment_3166" align="aligncenter" width="561"]5 Water Management Facilities[/caption] This system managed by the Center for Environmental Protection, Safety, and Health. Water Management Facilities is domestic waste water treatment facility that obtained from the campus. [caption id="attachment_3167" align="aligncenter" width="561"]6 Waste Management System[/caption] Waste Management System located at Department of Animal Science. This facility is used to converts organic wastes from animal into organic fertilizer. Methane gas as a side product that produced from the process can be an alternative renewable energy. Another technologies are solar power facilities and electric car that can supply the energy for research and academic activities. Incentive program for stakeholders and students that supporting water and waste management system making facilities more sustainable. Technology management of this University can encourage the other Universities to better integrate their facilities, such as in waste treatment for renewable energy sources, rainwater utilization for domestic uses, and all of those technologies are based on artistic taste so that can be a learning tools and educative recreation for students or communities.