Selected as Philippines Best Green University 2009
Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, a highly valued EDS educational partner was awarded the greatest of honor in Philippines as the Top Green University 2010. A plaque of commendation sited PSU as the Regional and the National winner as the most sustainable and eco-friendly school in the Philippines for 2009.
To further the health and safety of the Palawan State University community, the school leadership has enforced a no smoking ban on campus. They acknowledge that every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smoking. Smoking kills! One of two lifetime smokers will die from their habit and half of these deaths will occur in middle age. Tobacco smoke contributes to a number of cancers. The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes temporarily increases heart rate and blood pressure, putting undesired strain on the heart and blood vessels. This can ultimately cause heart attacks and stroke, as it slows the blood flow, cutting off oxygen to the feet and hands. Sadly, as a result, some smokers end up having their limbs amputated.
The scientific evidence on the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke is clear, convincing, and overwhelming. Secondhand smoke in the social environment is a known cause of lung cancer, heart disease, low birth-weight births, and chronic lung ailments, such as bronchitis, as well as other health problems. Palawan State University has acknowledged this health risk and has acted to protect its on campus community from the deadly impact of tobacco smoke.
PSU has also banned the use of plastics on campus. Plastic bags alone are the cause of major environmental concerns. Most plastic bags go straight to the landfill and a very small percentage is actually recycled. PSU understands that reduction in use of plastic bags is essential in solving the environmental problems stemming from them. Plastic bags are one of the top items of litter in our communities, roads, sidewalks, and vegetation. Plastic bags are light and hard to contain and because of their light weight, they fly easily in wind, float along readily in the currents of rivers and oceans, get tangled up in trees, fences, poles, and so forth, and block the drainage.
PSU acknowledges that plastic bags are made from a non-renewable natural resource: petroleum. Plastics are hazardous to produce and the pollution from plastic production is harmful to the environment. Most plastic bags are made of polyethylene, said to take up to 1,000 years to decompose on land and 450 years in water. The fact that plastics are not biodegradable means that the plastic bags in circulation and future production of plastic bags will stay with us for a long time: in our landfills, oceans, streets, and so forth.
Countless plastic bags end up in our ocean and cause harm to our marine wildlife. Many marine animals and birds mistakenly ingest plastic or become entangled and choke in plastic bags that are floating about. Environmentalists have pointed out that turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and invariably swallow them. It is estimated 100,000 marine mammals die each year because of plastic litter in our ocean in the North Pacific alone.
There are many cost effective and convenient alternatives to plastic bags. The best alternative to using plastic bags is using cloth bags and degradable bags. PSU recognizes the severity of this problem and is making strong attempts to eliminate the use of plastic bags and other non-recyclable plastics in their campus environment.
To reinforce campus ecology, there is no removal of trees on campus. Trees are added, not removed, as PSU understands that trees are important tools in the fight to stave off global warming. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide, the key greenhouse gas emitted by vehicles and power plants, before it has a chance to reach the upper atmosphere where it can help trap heat around the Earth’s surface.
All in all, Palawan State University leads the way in eco-friendly and sustainable policies and systems in all it does. EDS Business School is proud and honored to be an educational affiliate with PSU, a world-leader in pursuing a totally “green” campus.
News by EDS Team @ 14 February 2010.
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