DLSU-D >> Green DLSU-D
Green DLSU-D does not only refer to the school colors but to the University's commitment to push sustainable initiatives that are needed in a world faced with the challenges of environmental degradation and climate change.
As part of its thrusts to promote a greener lifestyle among members of the DLSU-D community, DLSU-D has been at the forefront of promoting measures that serve to spearhead positive sustainable change by establishing an office dedicated to initiate, implement, supervise and evaluate the University’s programs and policies and its compliance to national government standards in relation to environmental management and safety, pollution control and disaster risk reduction called the Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMaC) as early as 2001.
On the same year, the school has managed to implement its own comprehensive Solid Waste Management Program and establish its own Materials Recovery Facility. This also heralded the beginning of many programs geared at sustainability. DLSU-D has become, in the decade that followed, one of the benchmarks for environmental programs for schools and organizations not only nationwide but even abroad, garnering awards from local and international organizations for its efforts.
Since then, what started as a policy to implement a solid waste management program has evolved into something much deeper as the University has integrated environmental awareness in its "hidden curriculum" making Lasallians part of the most environmentally conscious communty in the Calabarzon area. It has also used grants given by various organizations to focus on eneregy solutions by use of solar power, switching to LED lighting, even as the school established a water treatment ffacility to treat wastewater and reuse it for the University's needs.
All in all, the University, through its Sustainable DLSU-D program has reached milestone after milestone in its quest to prove that being a Lasallian means not only being loyal to the school colors but also to what it stands for in this modern world.
DLSU-D provides a unique learning environment with a microclimate that is 2 degrees lower than the temperature outside its walls owing to the rich biodiversity inside the University's 27- hectare campus.
DLSU-D is home to endemic and migratory species of birds such as Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus),
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus),
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus),
Little egret (Egretta garzetta), a migratory bird present only during the summer,
Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni) which is only endemic to Luzon,
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica),
Red turtledove (Streptopelia tranquebarica),
White-collared Kingfisher (Halcyon chloris),
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonutus goiavier) and
Golden-bellied Flyeater (Gerygone suphurea). The number of varieties has prompted the University to apply for for a bird sanctuary status with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to protect the wildlife in the University.
- Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
- Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
- Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
- Golden-bellied Flyeater (Gerygone suphurea)
- little egret (Egretta garzetta)
- Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni)
- Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
- Red Turtle dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
- White-collared Kingfisher (Halcyon chloris)
- Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Photo Credit: Ely Tehankee
GREENING THE CAMPUS AND BEYOND
As of the first half of 2014, 1,398 trees have been planted within the campus with a total of 64 varieties, ranging from indigenous species like narra, kamagong and ipil ipil; tropical species like the jade vine and canistel; exotic plants like Tree of Heaven and Yellowbell, as well as fruit bearing trees like mango, avocado, sampaloc and langka.
|Tree Species in DLSU-D
||Tree of Heaven
The University is also part of the One Million Trees and Beyond inititiave spearheaded by De La Salle Philippines wherein over a million trees have been planted by members of the Lasallian community throughout the country.
The garden is primarily a facility for biological research and education. Its living collection of wild and cultivated plants also function for the conservation of plant diversity, enjoyment, and benefit of the student's populace, and that of the public.
The garden is expected contribute to the objectives/projects of the Biological Sciences Department (BSD) as it will provide the latter the necessary research support facility such as a reference collection of dried preserved plants (voucher specimens) herbarium and a modest greenhouse/laboratory unit.
The living collections of the garden will be divided among a general collection of trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs and a number of special collections. All of these will reflect the specific interest and needs of the university and of the Biological Sciences Department namely palms, wild orchids, medicinal plants and various ornamental plants.
Moreover, the collection and conservation of the rare plants will definitely be given greater emphasis in the future.
The practicality of utilizing the garden's collections can truly package several benefits. Specific projects, which can be conducted in the garden by the University staff and students, may include phenological studies of select taxa, phytochemical screening in selected families and various medicinal plants, plant growth analyses and ecological studies.
The garden's phenological data and other records will be compiled electronically.
Similar to any recognized botanical garden around the world, the plants at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Botanical Garden will be arranged in a particular systematic manner. It will be designed to serve the following purposes:
- Scientific Research. The Botanical Garden will serve as a center where plants are collected and grown for botanical research, breeding studies, plant exchange and experimentation of economically or ornamentally important plants. It will serve as a repository of plant specimens (living or otherwise), which will be constantly maintained and expanded and eventually produce scholarly research and publications opportunities.
- Educational Function. The Botanical Garden is aimed to stimulate public awareness and interest about plant life and its importance to human beings. Laboratory work could be done within the Garden. Animals and insects can also be observed and studied in the Garden. Lectures, demonstrations, seminars, special exhibition and guided tours will be made available in the Garden.
- Aesthetic and Recreational Function. The Botanical Garden will serve as a place where visitors can savor the beauty of nature. The different species of trees, ferns, ornamental plants, together with the various forms of insects and animals, will enhance the beauty of the Garden.
- Conservation Function. The Botanical Garden will also function as a repository for representative specimens of Philippine endemic and endangered species.
- Public Service. Identification service to the inquiring public, enterprise of plants and special exhibits may be rendered.
- Project Carbon Neutral/ Black Out Green In
Project Carbon-Neutral or PCN is an initiative of De La Salle Philippines in response to theimpending threat of climate change. Its primary aim is to make the network of 17 Lasallian schools all over the Philippines carbon-neutral or better. In our university this initiative is named as Black Out! Green In! – Project Carbon-Neutral. The campaign for the program garnered recognition from the prestigious ANVIL Awards for Advertising in 2013.
- Project ICON
This project is an initiative of the Information and Communications Technology Center (ICTC) and the Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMaC) to encourage the donation of old and obsolete IT equipment to the ICON project for environmentally sound disposal. Initially, ICON aims to create an awareness on the impact of the fast pace of technology (surfacing and release of new gadgets) on the volume of waste (import/export of surplus goods in the country, etc.) so proper measures can be observed to mitigate its damage to Mother Earth.
- Green for Life: One Million Trees and Beyond (OMTB) Project
The Million Trees Project serves as a venue for more pro-active responses to environmental issues through tree planting and reforestation activities. It will also draw out mechanisms that will systematically involve the Lasallian Family in sustainable reforestation and greening efforts in close partnership and coordination with local communities. Likewise, it promote awareness on the natural ecosystems such as forests through tree-planting and reforestation activities which in effect promote a learning-by-doing approach in environmental education.
- Ikot La Salle
E-jeep. An accessible means of transportation round the campus, Ikot La Salle has been plying the paths of De La Salle Dasmariñas since June 2, 2008. A project of the POLCA, this means of transportation offers a more eco-friendly alternative to regular jeepneys as it is powered by electricity.
- Centralized sewage treatment facility
As part of the University's commitment to minimize wastewater dumped in rivers and streams, DLSU-D established its own sewage treatment facility to ttreat the University's wastewater before releasing it to the environment.
- Bike to Work Program. As part of the DLSU-D's Project Carbon Neutral, employees and students who live near the school are encouraged to use bicycles as an alternative means of transport instead of riding cars and jeepneys which contribute to carbon emissions and pollution.
- Ecological Waste Management Program. One of the first endeavors toward the University's sustainable initiatives, DLSU-D established a comprehensive Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, which includes the establishment of a Material Recovery Facility witin campus which has slashed the University's actual waste output by more than half.
- Collection and Propagation of Plants and Native Trees The University's establishment of nurseries and an ecological center to house thousands of seedlings ranging from native trees, to fruit bearing trees and even medicinal herbs provide ample supply for tree planting drives being supported by DLSU-D.