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What is “Green Chula”?

Research has shown that a good environment will enhance an education. As improvements are made, they must be done in a sustainable manner so future generations will also benefit. Chulalongkorn University takes this very seriously and has now implemented the “Green Chula” policy that promotes developing innovations and practices that will both sustain and protect the university’s environment as well as the surrounding community, the country and planet as a whole.

Aspects of Green

Chulalongkorn University (CU) focuses on six Aspects of Green: Campus, Education & Outreach, Energy and Building, Transportation, Waste and Water, that are based on the criteria or indicators established by the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. Under each of the above headings, the university is initiating specific projects and policies that will position CU as a leader in “Going Green” among the universities of Thailand, the region and the world.

Campus

Chulalongkorn University has emerged a green lung for the center of the capital. As new policies are enacted and improvements introduced, both the university and its surrounding community benefit from these improvement.

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Education & Outreach

Environmental Research Institute (ERIC) offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, and services for the public. Courses in environmental studies have been cooperating with local communities to improve surroundings so all can enjoy a higher quality of life.

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Energy & Building

With improved architectural designs and better construction materials as well as new innovative technologies, the university can provide better classrooms and facilities as well as reduce energy consumption.

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Transportation

With alternative forms of transport, CU Bikes and the Shuttle Bus service, along with new parking facilities and covered walkways, campus traffic has been greatly reduced and the air has become much cleaner and, thus, healthier.

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Waste

Waste doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Through innovative technology and practices, it can now be reused in a way that also reduces costs. At the same time, CU has introduced stict hazardous waste practices to ensure the safety of all.

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Water

Water is vital for all of us, humans, fauna and foliage, to survive. This is why the university has introduced water conservation policies and practises, which include recycling schemes to preserve and protect this invaluable resource.

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Chula has a decent waste disposal program, which helps keep the campus and facilities  cleaner .

Natnicha Buachandeng

Faculty of Education

If the project works, it’s awesome as the campus will be a much better place.

Pat Porrapakkham

Faculty of Communication Arts

Green Landscape Renovation Project

The university has been expanding and creating new green landscapes on campus by planting local trees and foliage in addition to building new and renovating old buildings.

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Architecture Project

The Architecture Project - Landscape Master Plan -  focuses on constructing a healthy and lasting campus environment. Land has been  allocated for the construction of new facilities and infrastructure to improve the transportation system...

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Food Sanitation Policy

For decades, university cafeterias and canteens have been serving thousands of customers daily, providing tasty, healthy, low cost food. To maintain hygiene and ensure consumers are protected,  the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences initiated a a food sanitation policy...

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ESPRel

Safety is first and foremost when conducting research. As an educational institution, CU  aims to instill the importance of safety and security in our researchers, lecturers, students and personnel when using facilities on campus, especially research laboratories...

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100 Years CU Park


To commemorate Chulalongkorn University's centenial anniversary, under the “Green Axis” project, the university has created the “100 Years CU Park”, which was offically opened to the public on 26 March 2017. The park, which comprises 29 acres (72.5 rai) in Suanluang will serve as a landmark for the Samyan district.

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The waste disposal division is fantastic. It makes the university a lot cleaner.

Patchara Chongchareankul

Faculty of Communication Arts

The system reduces and eliminates an enormous amount of waste that accumulates daily.

Pakin Mahanakaraj

Faculty of Communication Arts

Sustainable Community Project

As  a seat of learning, the university believes it should share its knowledge and new ideas. It has therefore initiated this project as a means to give back to society.  This then requires the participation of faculty, students and staff, who act as volunteers to assist commujnities

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If the project works, it’s awesome because the Chula environment will be a lot better.

Noppanut Ittimatikul

Faculty of Communication Arts

If each of us helps, we can recycle a lot of what we use. Then, the campus will be much nicer.

Teerapat Sujirato

Faculty of Communication Arts

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, refers to architectural computer assisted design (CAD) software that allows users to create building models that that can be viewed in three dimensions (3D) and from all angles... 

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Solar Cells System Project

As the university population continues to grow, electricity consumption and costs are also increasing. To solve this, Chulalongkorn University decided to install solar cell panels on the rooftops of several campus buildings...

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Building Inspection Program

As the university has a number of old, rather tall buildings where chemical and electrical labs are located, it decided to initiate a building inspection program to ensure the safety of students, researchers, faculty and personnel who use these facilities...

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Universal Design Building Project

Chulalongkorn was established in 1917 and as the earliest buildings were not designed to accommodate the disabled,  the university has initiated a policy based on the 7 Universal Design Concepts, to make all buildings and facilities  accssible for all... 

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Energy Efficiency Improvement

With the introductions of new  curriculums  and courses,  facilities and classrooms are being used more, which means electricity expenses are also increasing. As a result, the university has adopted Ministry of Energy  policies to reduce energy consumption...

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Building Renovation Project

To reduce energy concumption, the Office of Academic Resorces, or the CU Central Library, was the first building to be renovated under this project beginning with the installation of a “Humidity Control”  system...

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These policies are great. I want to spread this message to all my frinds and classmates so they wull succeed

Domyada Meaksawat

Faculty of Law

Obviously, recycling can only make things better, and it is something all students can help with.

Krittayapa Rodyindee

Faculty of Law

Cycling Campaign

Cycling has been officially promoted since 2009, the year CU started receiving support from Metropolitan Electricity Authority, to to reduce emissions and achieve a number of other goals...

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CU Bike Campaign

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission from motor vehicles is a major cause of global warming that decan also harm health. As solution, the university has decided to join hands with “Pun-pun” to further encourage cycling on campus...

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CU Shuttle Bus

The CU shuttle bus service has been operating since 2000. The first shuttle buses were smaller and ran ondiesel fuel.  These were eventually replaced by two new models: the first powered by a hybrid engine while the second is fully electric. Apart from the vehicle upgrade, the university has also expanded the transportation routes within and around campus

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CU Covered Walkways & Sky Walk

Solving traffic and pollution problems is a hard task for every metropolitan community. Nevertheless, CU did not leave the issues idle and has come up with solutions such as constructing covered walkways and a sky walk within and around the campus

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Car Park Buildings Project

The number of faculty, staff and students  who drive to the university has significantly increased significantly in recent years. This has led to problems on campus, such as noise and air pollution, traffic congestion,and a lack of parking spaces. As a result, the university decided to construct car park buildings at the four corners of the overall campus areas

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I really don’t like plastic bags. I like  using natural materials that won’t harm our environment.

Larbsiri siripalaka

Faculty of Engineering

You don’t need plastic bags. You can always find another way to carry your goods. Everyone needs to help keep the climate from heating up.

Nolthawat Kietsaro

Faculty ofEngineering

Leaf Refuse Recycling Program

The university campus has been producing an average of 3,600 cubic meters of leaf refuse per year. This, in the past, meant a high cost  for disposal. To solve this problem, the Office of Physical Resources Management has established a recycling center that can transform leaves and branches into organic fertilizer...

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ChemTrack & WasteTrack

ChemTrack and WasteTrack are online databases designed by the Center of Excellence on Hazardous Substance Management to assist personnel with the management of chemical substances and disposal of lab waste...

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Zero Waste Campaign

Zero Waste is a university  campaign that aims to alter the attitudes, values and behaviors of the CU community in regards to proper waste disposal habits. The campaign comprises three three courses of action: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle...

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Electronic Bin for Hazardous Waste

Careless disposal of hazardous waste can pose a serious threat to a community’s health and environment because of toxic substances in the waste and tnheir inability to decompose. To eliminate this danger, the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Research Institute (ERIC) have launched decision a design contest  to develop an electronic bin that can store and categorize hazardous waste... 

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Natural Food Container Policy

Styrofoam containers are  cheap and popular among food retailers though the material can cause serious health and environmental problems because of the compound Styrene, which is a petroleum by-product that is difficult to decompose and expensive to dispose of. Therefore, the university initiated a policy to replace the Styrofoam containers with Bagasse containers.

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Biogas Tank Project

Unlike small households, university cafeterias produce large amounts of leftovers every day. Instead of discarding these, the university decided to install a biogas tank near the student dormitory cafeteria as a prototype project to recycle leftover food into a reusable energy, or biogas, to replace LPG gas that is used in cooking...

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I personally don’t use plastic bags, It isn’t that hard to find something else to carry things in, like a cloth bag.

Kanticha Jarangkul

Faculty of Engineering

I simply say no to plastic bags. It’s as straightforward as that. I think everyone can do it.

Natnicha Waspapomg

Faculty of Engineering

Water Recycling Project

The university has been facing  increasing costs for water, particularly to maintain campus greenery, which covers over two square kilometers. Therefore, this project aims to reduce water consumption  and costs within the university as well a promote effective use of recycled water...

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Plastic bags! No. I always have a backpack  with me to put things in

Narathip Phaphumchamnong

Faculty of Engineering

Bringing our own coffee cup is not that inconvenient. Truth be told, it helps a lot to decreasing waste.

Natthanan Khampangsin

Faculty of Political Science

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