The five-year old greening initiative of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College represented Region-6 in the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools this year, after it bested other schools in the Western Visayas for implementing best practices to address environment issues.
CHMSC was awarded as the Regional Champion for Western Visayas by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources during the Youth Environment Summit at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City Nov. 24.
Director for External Affairs RhoderickSamonte said yesterday that the project called “Greening CHMSC Journey” is the institution's concrete action plan to help realize the United Nation's Education for Sustainable Development as they in vision to be the leading green institution in the region by 2030.
Samonte, who received the award, also said that the program was started by former Vice President for Research and Extension and now Greening CHMSC Task Force chair, Eduardo Sayson,in 2012.
He said this program aims to contribute to the realization of sustainable development and awareness of the students to be ecologically responsible.
“This program is meant to make love and care for the earth as a way of life as expressed in the way we deal with our waste, with one another, and with other species,” Samonte said.
To boost the program for the coming years, Samonte said they will strengthen CHMSC’s curriculum, community, culture, technology and research that are anchored on environment sustainability.
He also said that the state college, together with its four campuses plans to host a regional or national summit of schools for education for sustainable development in February next year.
The event will allow the participating schools to share their best practices on sustainability, he added.
Apart from being the regional winner, CHMSC also received a special award, the LandBank Green Leadership Award, that recognized the school for promoting overall environmental sustainability programs.
“These awards call on CHMSCian in all four campuses (Alijis, Binalbagan, Fortune Towne and Talisay) to celebrate, and at the same time to reflect and act collectively, consistently and creatively ,” Samonte said.*MLG
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