CORPORATION REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES
IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT SEPARATING TRASH FOR RECYCLING, BUT ALSO TO RAISE AWARENESS IN THE INTERNAL COMMUNITY ON ALL CAMPUSES AND TO EXPORT THIS MODEL TO THE ENVIRONMENT. IN THE SAME BREATH, IT HELPS DISSEMINATE THE LAW TO ENCOURAGE RECYCLING.
April 29, 2016
The corporate efforts of the Institutional Recycling Plan aim at establishing a culture of sustainability that transcends the University. At this stage, they show in the installation of special containers for recyclable materials. In addition, the launching of information campaigns to promote the adoption of desirable behaviors in that sense is considered.
All campuses of the University are included in the plan the Corporation promotes as part of its environment management, to which the university community has joined.
The incorporation of containers for recycling paper, together with the waste collection points, is one of the latest actions developed with this purpose. In total, 260 solutions of this type are planned to be installed, distributed on all campuses. In this task, working with companies that certify the recycling of paper, which will allow to know the values to account for the institutional performance in this area for the Government Department of the Environment and to prepare the Annual Sustainability Report.
The University Social Responsibility (RSU) Director, Ivan Coydan, explained that the Recycling Plan emerged several years ago. “Today we have reached the maturity and consolidation in several aspects: in terms of infrastructure we have already installed the recycling points at all campuses and we started the distribution of containers for offices,” he said.
Beyond these specific actions, he announced that a series of campaigns, workshops, courses and seminars will be developed, designed to strengthen the concept of sustainability and to promote the culture of recycling within the University. “Our mission and vision also indicate that if we are able to make this cultural change in the university, we will be able to export this model to the rest of society,” he said.
In his view, the reactions within the Corporation have been very positive, because what is being done is interpreted as a response to a “long-awaited demand by the university community.”
He also expressed his opinion to the Director of the Colchagua Campus, Patricio Gomez, to whom is very remarkable “that the University takes charge of these very contingent issues, because it is connected very much with the impression that we want to deliver to our professionals and senior technicians, in the sense that they have to be able to be inserted in a production system, in the society, but they must do so in a responsible manner from the environmental point of view”.
For its part, Prorector Pablo Villalobos said that “our mission and institutional vision, commit us to environmental sustainability and the protection of our environment.” In that sense, he expressed his support to the efforts of the Executive and the Government, “to promote the recycling of various products through the Law for Recycling Promotion that has been approved by the Chile’s Chamber of Representatives.”
Delving deeper into this initiative, Professor Villalobos said that it undoubtedly implies an achievement of the greatest importance, since it will involve companies to take charge, in a responsible manner, of the end waste of those “priority products” that finish their useful life.
“In our case, we have initiated a special program for waste separation—plastic, paper and batteries, with which we contribute not only to support the government’s initiative, but also to teach our university community the implementation of good sustainability practices”, he emphasized. In the same context, he added that “as a state university we will support the Regional Deputy Secretary of the Environment to disseminate this new law, committing our Social Responsibility sense”.