Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Philippines: An Eco-Friendly School Model
Dr. Jose Ariel R. Ibarrientos
Index Terms: eco-friendly program, resource management, environmental practices, waste management, green campus
Abstract: Academic institutions can become more environmentally responsible through the implementation of various conservation initiative. Along this, the study attempt to transform the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges into living models of an ecologically sustainable learning institutions. Data was gathered from among the six administrators, 336 students, 62 teaching and 31 non-teaching personnel from school year 2013-2014. Questionnaire supported by interview and ocular inspection was utilized to assess the college practices along its environmental policy, resource management, curriculum, project and budget. Results revealed that the college has an Eco Friendly Program and has implemented guidelines along solid Waste Management in Classrooms and Laboratories. Awareness on environmental policy, resource management in classrooms, buildings and grounds, purchasing, use of lights and electricity, paper conservation, water conservation, waste management were highly implemented (HI). Maintenance on air quality and waste management in the canteen were moderately implemented (MI) in the college. Generally, the college are Aware (A) along environmental programs and highly implement (HI) its environmental practices. T-test result shows that there was no significant difference between the level of awareness and implementation on environmental practices. The proposed Eco-Friendly School Model developed by the researcher must be adopted by the college.
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