Covenant University May Adopt EcoCampus Initiative
Covenant University has indicated its interest in EcoCampus, an Environmental Management System (EMS) and award scheme for the higher education sector.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, gave the hint following a presentation on the EcoCampus initiative on Monday, May 15, 2017, by representatives of Kherithdum Nigeria Limited.
The Chief Executive Officer, Kherithdum, Mr. Dika Odum, had in his presentation to the Covenant Management said that the EcoCampus scheme allows universities to be recognised for addressing key issues of environmental sustainability, including carbon reduction.
Mr. Odum, an alumnus of Covenant University, explained that the scheme offers a flexible phased approach to implementing an environmental management system for the higher education sector, with participants gaining recognition at each stage of the process through a series of awards from bronze through silver, gold and platinum.
The platinum award, he added, conforms to the requirements of the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.
Highlighting the benefits of EcoCampus, Mr. Odum said that it provides a flexible approach to implementing an environmental management system; training workshops to help implement the scheme and additional workshops in specific areas of environmental management; networks to discuss best practice and exchange ideas; and software applications to assist with operation of the management system (e.g. a full document control system with pre-written templates) among others.
EcoCampus, he revealed, had been operating in the United Kingdom for 11 years, with over 60 schools passing through the scheme and a larger percentage (42%) of the schools on the scheme had obtained Platinum award.
The Project Manager, Kherithdum Nigeria Limited, Professor Sam Adefila, said that the EcoCampus scheme, which could be applied to other areas, would be very useful to Covenant University.
In his comments, the Chairman, Waste to Wealth Committee, Covenant University, Professor Kolawole Ajanaku, who acknowledged that the EcoCampus scheme was a good idea, said that the University has a platform built from inception, but was always willing to improve on it. He suggested that the University be allowed to develop a curriculum on the scheme so that by the time students are leaving, the University can say they are also EcoCampus certified.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, thanked Mr. Odum for bringing the EcoCampus initiative on board under the mentorship of Professor Adefila.
Covenant University, said the Vice-Chancellor, started the green campus initiative with the waste to wealth project, and what Kherithdum Limited presented could be used to augment what the University already has, to give it global recognition.
While calling for further discussion on the proposal, he said that it was an idea whose time has come.
Other Covenant University representatives at the presentation were the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Physical Planning and Development, Arc. Gbenga Alalade; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and Deputy Chairman, Waste to Wealth Committee, Dr. David Olukanni.