2020 Sustainability Institution of the Year Finalist: De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) Philippines

Tags: International Green Gown Awards 2020 | Sustainability Institution of the Year

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De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) – Green Energy, Green Schools 

As early as May 2016, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) anchored its mission-vision, among others, to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and set one of its strategic directions to Creating Sustainable Futures, its commitment to environmental sustainability and reduction of carbon emissions. This has empowered the institution to shift close to 80% of its power mix from conventional sources to renewables starting the Academic Year 2017-2018.  

The pivot to renewables in DLSL’s power mix led to an average saving of PhP333,456.00 (approximately US$6,538) per month and a 78.5% reduction in carbon emissions. This Green Energy (shift to renewables) initiative forms part of the Power and Energy Roadmap and Smart Cities initiatives whereby DLSL hopes to share its experience, provide a working model and accompany the local government units of the province of Batangas, Philippines to adopt similar technologies that will reduce the overall impact of our urban communities on the environment and mitigate the main cause of climate change. 

Top three learnings: 

  1. We as educational institution does not only provide education, our larger mission is the transformation of the community. 
  2. We are in the business of creating learning experiences and much of the teaching happens in the way we organize and create our spaces. 
  3. We reimagine education by driving real world solutions to actual community problems. 

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