Cebu Normal University (CNU) showcased environmental efforts as juries assessed the school vying for the 2019 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools.

CNU presented its environment-friendly initiatives that encompass the three-fold functions of the University: instruction, research, and extension through its different programs and projects exhibited under the five strands, namely solid waste management, green infrastructure, energy and water conservation, and integration in the curriculum.

The National Board of Judges comprised of Dr. Marina Antonia Tanchuling (UP/PATLEPAM), Dr. Albert Añosa (CHED Central Office), and Marina Christine Ponce Garcia (Nestle Philippines, Inc.) graced the University their presence to examine and validate the environmental initiatives of the school from the CNU administrative council and members of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Office.

(left to right) Dr. Albert Añosa, Dr. Marina Antonia Tanchuling, and Marina Christine Ponce Garcia / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

The judges, with the presence of the validation team from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), then made an inspection around the campus to check the working condition of the facilities and to inspect the projects pertaining to environmental conservation including the rainwater catchment at the Teaching Arts Centrum (TAC) building, the Eco-park where the olla, a clay pot alternative watering device is located, the vermicompost, and the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

Dr. Jennifer Paño, ESD Focal Person (2nd to the right) shares about olla, a clay pot alternative watering device to the validation team at the CNU Eco-park. / Photo by Mechelle Canoy

The study and use of Fish Amino Acid as fertilizer was also presented including the campus planning, design, and development which are designed to maximize the natural light and ventilation of the University. Energy conservation measures of the administrative and student organizations such as posting of eco-stickers in classrooms and washing areas, reusing of plastic bottles as dumbbells in PE classes, mangrove reforestation, river rehabilitation, and clean-up drives, and disaster preparedness activities among others were also presented before the panel of judges. These initiatives are embedded in the university’s curriculum. Researches and trainings on them have been conducted and partnerships are established.

Photo by Mechelle Canoy

CNU also engaged in the special category leadership awards which include the Nestle Water Leadership award which recognizes schools that promote solutions in water management, and the Energy Leadership award that acknowledge schools’ practices in electrical safety, energy efficiency, and conservation.

CNU championed the regional search on the higher education category on its first attempt to join the 2019 Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools. CNU bested two other universities in Central Visayas and will be representing the whole Region 7. CNU was awarded last August 14, 2019 receiving a certificate of recognition, plaque, and a P15, 000.00 cash prize.

The search on its sixth year now is organized by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of DENR in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Nestle Philippines, and Land Bank of the Philippines.

The contest aims to examine the academic institutions’ way in responding to climate change and environmental problems. It also intend for schools to strengthen their involvement in conservational matters by raising community awareness and active response to ecological concerns.

Winners of the 2019 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools will be announced during the awarding ceremony this November in celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month. (JDF)