Sri Lankan Universities Go Green
One-Day Trainings on SCP, Waste Management, Resource Efficiency Conducted in Colombo and Sabaragamuwa
11 January 2016, Colombo & Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka – The implementation of two small grant projects has successfully commenced in Sri Lanka, as a direct consequence and follow-up from the UNITAR/UNEP e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia”, 21 September – 13 November 2015.
The ultimate aim of this project is to develop a waste management strategy for university of Sri Jayewardenepura and imporve the capacity and understanding on SCP of studendt and faculty staff, thus contributing for enabling SCP in Sri Lanka.
Similarly, a one-day Capacity Building & Awareness Programme on SCP was held on 6th January 2016 at the Faculty of Applied Science, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. The workshop enjoyed significant interest with more than 250 students and academic staff from 4 faculties attending the event. It was supported by key sustainability experts in Sri Lanka, including Eng V R Sena Peiris, Mr. Nimal Perera (Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association) and Mr. Gamini Senanayake (national focal point for the SWITCH-Asia programme).
The workshop is part of a larger project implemented by Ms Upendra Arjeewani, aiming at engaging university students in assessing the current use of materials, water and energy resources in the university, thus building their capacity and understanding in the area. The project will result in concrete proposals for resource efficiency improvements and the implemention of some of these improvements on the campus grounds. In addition, a final objective of the initiative is to promote the inclusion of SCP and resource efficiency in the standard curriculum of last year university students majoring in environmental management.
The projects will be implemented within the next three months with the support and facilitation by UNEP and UNITAR. Funding for the small grant project is provided under the SWITCH-Asia Programme of the European Union.
Agenda: Enabling SCP through Greening a Model University in Sri Lanka - One-day awareness Training Programme on Waste Management, Department of Accounting, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, 4th January 2016