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Campus Sustainability

Journey to a Carbon Neutral University

Identifying the responsible role of a state university to fight against climate change through global warming, The Center For Sustainability (CFS), University of Sri Jayewardenepura is working to convert the University to being the first carbon-neutral university in south Asia. In order to achieve this target, USJ and the CFS employ several strategies including energy utilisation substitutions through installing solar panels and a biogas plant to self-generate sustainable energy. Moreover, CFS is working on offsetting university carbon with forest re-generation programs which make a huge contribution to the carbon neutralization process as well as biodiversity conservation. Ultimately, we seek a future filled with clean, fresh air for our students, staff and communities, so, together we’re forging a path to create it. As educators of tomorrow’s leaders, we want to ensure we’re leading by example on what it takes to power successfully and sustainably into the future while conserving nature; to grow business and leave the lightest environmental footprint.

Key Initiatives

  • Carbon offsetting: restoring 1000ha of forest land
  • Energy efficiency: Smart use of limited resources
  • Renewable energy: Tapping into solar power and biogas generation.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

Sustainable Landscapes and Thriving Habitats

In the face of a looming environmental crisis, university of Sri Jayewardenepura is focused on building resilient infrastructure and green landscaping in order to create safe comfortable and eco-friendly surroundings in which we can continue our vital projects and research. We are spreading our community outdoors by creating sustainable landscapes filled with native trees, biodiversity and comfortable micro-climates which provide places to gather in a natural setting. Our future campuses will be built with more green spaces and an eco-friendly infrastructure anticipated to provide enjoyment and create scholars who value nature and the protection it offers us all. Moreover, these multi-functional spaces will provide habitats for wildlife, including great insect, reptile, and bird diversity. Clever, sustainable design of our gardens will see the continued installation of permeable pathways, rainwater harvesting systems and treatment networks to capture, reuse and re-purpose this precious resource throughout our campus landscapes.

Key Initiatives

  • Biodiversity and soil health: Creating valuable habitats and productive gardens on campus.
  • Urban forest/micro-climates: Growing a forest to create comfortable landscapes.
  • Water sensitive urban design: Building a passive support network for our living assets and water ways.
  • Harvesting: Building a water bank for landscape health and resilience.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals

Building sustainability

In the journey towards sustainability, we are focusing on preparing ourselves for a future which mostly depends on renewable energy. As a responsible government institution of research and teaching, we have identified that our buildings are the most significant users of energy. These are the places where our students and staff spend most of their time learning, researching, and creating revolutionary and imaginative concepts that will change the future. We see this as a huge opportunity to influence the future world leaders to value sustainable living environments. We are rethinking the design of our new buildings and retrofitting our old buildings to be state-of-the-art spaces for comfort and performance while reducing energy consumption.  We’re investing in world class design to create buildings which will house our community comfortably and productively. In this way, we are investing in assets which will retain their value long term and reduce material consumption as a result.

Key Initiatives

  • Passive House with rooftop solar systems: Creating comfortable and healthy buildings.
  • Building materials: Building healthy spaces from reusable and repurposed materials

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals