SANTIAGO CAMPUS BECOMES THE FIRST SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS

TWO UNITS OF THE SANTIAGO CAMPUS - SANTA ELENA AND QUEBEC - WERE SELECTED TO IMPLEMENT THE CLEAN PRODUCTION AGREEMENT SIGNED BY THE UNIVERSITY IN 2013.



July 7, 2016

A solar energy eco-charger for mobile phones, a bike station with tools to repair bicycles, the setting of new clean points for recycling and a warehouse to store dangerous waste like batteries and toners, are all part of the new infrastructure opened at the Santiago Campus, the first one to be declared as sustainable in our Corporation.

The new equipment was delivered during a ceremony headed by Prorector Pablo Villalobos, who pointed out that "for years, environmental awareness has been one of the guiding work principles at the UTALCA, consistently promoting the development of innovative practices to mitigate the impact of daily activities on the environment".

Villalobos recalled that in 2013 the University voluntarily signed the Clean Production Agreement (APL, in Spanish) that establishes a series of measurable goals, and evaluated by external agents, for universities to obtain that category. In that context, within the Sustainable UTALCA Framework Program, under the University Social Responsibility Office (RSU), two units of the Santiago Campus were chosen - Santa Elena and Quebec-to implement this commitment.

"Of the 20 institutions participating in the APL, our Corporation has the highest standards of compliance with the committed Plan", highlighted the Prorector during the activity, which also counted with the presence of the Executive Director of the National Council of Cleaner Production, Juan Ladrón de Guevara, and the Director of Hygiene and Environment, from the Municipality of San Joaquin, Alexis Cordero.

Villalobos said that the implementation of the agreement has permitted to replicate different actions and good practices on other campuses of the Corporation. "Currently, there are different management practices, such as energy efficiency, waste management, infrastructure and equipment improvement, measuring the environmental impact of the facilities and processes, among other aspects", he said.

The authority recalled that "the new 2020 Strategic Plan assumes as inescapable the commitment to environmental sustainability, emphasizing the contribution of the University to clean production, as well as in the training of its students, through a range of programs that incorporate contents especially defined for this field".

Patricia Rodriguez, Director of the Santiago Campus, indicated that the main beneficiaries of the evolution to a sustainable space are the students. "We want this to be a friendly place, where they not only acquire knowledge, but also where they learn to be responsible with their environment", she said.

For his part, Iván Coydan, Director of RSU, said that the actions developed in the Corporation mark a difference for the community. "Santiago is an extremely contaminated city, therefore, that a borough that has been historically one of industrial development implements a place that is doing practices and adapting for a sustainable future, has a tremendous impact", he said.



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