24 January 2018, Mapua University Foundation Week, Intramuros, Manila. On January 16th, 2018, FEED received a Technical Resource Speaker engagement invitation from the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineerings (PSSE) of the Mapua University Student Chapter stating:
“the academic committee head of the organization of PSSE Mapua Student Chapter which promotes the welfare of our environment and encourages the youth to be aware and concerned not only in the environment but also with their fellow individuals. Our organization would like to invite you to Mapua University Intramuros, Manila to talk and share your past activities and promote the upcoming ones in the campus. We hope to conduct this talk this January 24. We could provide the projector, laptop, microphone, speaker and the podium for the activity. We believe that it is time for the society specifically the papuans to be aware and be encouraged to be involved in these activities.”
FEED graciously welcomed the opportunity to not only share our educational and environmental advocacies but to speak on the subject of Volunteerism and giving back to the Earth from which we automatically receive our sustenance, water, food and energy.
Speaking to the engaging audience of about 40 PSSE students from the School of Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering of Mapúa University, FEED Director of Partnerships, Anne-Marie Mananquil Bakker, and FEED VP, Operations delivered a talk on the water-food-energy nexus and the various educational and environmental interventions available to students, namely bio-intensive gardens for public elementary schools tackling malnutrition; corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs for businesses and other organisations, and Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) for members of the public.
“We shared a very candid exchange about how Volunteerism must start in one’s psyche, from there and from taking action on those advocacies which we love and are a part of our daily lives, there must be a shift in consciousness and commitment in order for us as individuals to actually change behaviours. Whether its picking up garbage on the streets that we walk, or stopping the purchase of bottled plastic drinking water from large and irresponsible conglomerates, ” mentioned Wincy Sta Ana, PSSE Member who facilitated this seminar.
From FEED’s perspective, we are directing more of our efforts towards the youth, as the Philippines is going to be a mecca of millennials by 2030 with majority of our population in the country run by youth – it is here where the message must be heard and resonate into action, such that by the time this X generation are in leading companies and jobs, they can translate sustainability not only into their lifestyles but their corporate or other jobs.
About the PSSE
A Dynamic and progressive society of professional Sanitary and Environmental Engineers dedicated to the promotion of public health and safety and the protection of the environment for a progressive and sustainable development.
To collaborate with the government and private sectors in enhancing and securing the quality of life of our people through a safe and healthy environment.
The Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers – Mapua Institute of Technology Student Chapter (PSSE-MITSC) is the official organizations for students who are taking up Environmental and Sanitary Engineering in Mapua Insitute of Technology. It is the objective of the said organization to advance the knowledge and practice of sanitary and environmental engineering in the Philippines, to promote professional improvement of its members, to encourage professional relations with other allied technical and scientific organizations. Likewise, the said organization also aims to improve sanitary and environmental engineering education.
The PSSE-MITSC is composed of different set of officers which leads the planning and implementation of different activities. The duty of the officers is also to enhance the students’ awareness on the importance of the Environment and protecting it. The officers are also responsible in conducting seminars, trainings, workshops and activities involving the environment. Moreover, members together with their adviser also assist the Institute in implementing major and minor school events.
Lastly, the organization aims to inform the youth about the many opportunities of Environmental and Sanitary Engineers and the importance of the program for the world.
Photo Slideshow: THANK YOU MAPUA PSSE Youth Leaders – More Action Please!
About Mapua University Sustainability Programs
The “Mapúa Sustainability” is a platform that links the university’s various units such as administration, finance, procurement, campus maintenance, education, extension, research, and innovation, to harmoniously work with the least emissions to environment, embed sustainability in all operational functions with a leverage to produce graduates who could demonstrate sustainable principles and practices in creating designs, new technologies and knowledge which contribute to the world’s sustainable development.
The University started to embark on carbon footprint reduction (CFR) campaign in 2010 initiated by the Campus Development Management Office (CDMO) as part of the energy conservation program (ECP). The campaign involved building redesign with energy efficiency concept. At the end of 2011, Mapúa registered a 7% decrease in kilowatt – hour per person consumption. In mid2011, the Sustainable Development Research Office (SDRO) was put up and become instrumental for Mapúa membership to the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES) established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Starting 2012, SDRO initiated in-campus research and awareness campaign in cooperation with the Office of Social Orientation and Community Involvement Program (SOCIP). It also assisted the office of international linkages for research and development (ILRAD) organized various fora, workshops and conferences involving international partners and funding agencies.
Research, development and innovation (RDI) with international partners expand which may lead to the envisioned entrepreneurial ecosystem in the University. The RDI collaborations encompass through various programs and embraces experts from multiple disciplines resulted to the expansion of the sustainability programs. In addition to ECP and on Mapúa’s quest to attain its sustainability goals, the University embarks on water conservation (quality control, treatment and reuse), recycling (resource regeneration), environment (natural and built – conservation, protection, control and remediation), health (well-being and risks) and transportation (policy and system). The outcomes of these programs are expected to contribute to the solution of the societal problems.
In meeting the objectives of the University’s sustainable programs, Mapúa envisions its faculty, students and personnel to adopt the University’s practice to their homes which in turn will benefit the community.
For more information on FEED, or this collaboration, or to set up your own Students and Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) tree planting program, contact us via email email@example.com or mobile at 0917 552 4722.
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