Environmental Sustainable Practices in the Selected Higher Education Institutions in Calapan City
AbstractSustainability is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. While, environmental sustainability is concerned with the protection of resources and maintenance for the future generations. Given its primary role as knowledge producer, higher education can serve as a powerful tool to help create a more sustainable future. This study aims to come up with a Sustainable Development Campus Consortium Program that could be instrumental in enhancing and strengthening the environmental sustainable programs, policies and practices of the academic institutions. It aims to provide higher education institutions with array of activities or programs designed to potentially improve their respective programs and practices for the benefit of the institution, other stakeholders, and for the environment sustainability in general. Three private higher education institutions in Calapan City were chosen as subjects of the study namely, Divine Word College of Calapan, St. Anthony College of Calapan and Southwestern College of Maritime, Business and Technology to identify the different environmental sustainable practices, curriculum integration and institutional assessment of campus sustainability measures. Results gathered from the study manifested that all of the participating schools have different environmental sustainable practices and they have programs and activities that focus on curriculum integration. These practices impact the higher education institutions campus wide actions and their adopted communities. However, they have no formal institutional assessment of campus sustainability measures to ensure the success of these environmental sustainable practices.
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