St. Paul University Philippines SPUP, established in 1907, is the first Catholic university in Asia, the “mother university” of the St. Paul University System (SPUS), and is also known as “the university set in a botanical garden.” Its 15-acre campus located in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley, is a veritable forest with 1,250 trees and 104 plant species. SPUP has a thriving, on-campus materials recovery facility (MRF); recycling center; organic gardens nurtured by the school’s vermiculture-sourced fertilizer, and a water conservation and stabilization scheme. In addition, SPUP’s Community Development Center (CDC), with a dozen “adopted communities,” has recently focused its programs for women on “clean and green energy” – specifically, introducing alternative cooking mechanisms that do not require cutting trees for feedstock – an initiative long overdue in a heavily-deforested region often devastated by landslides and floods. These attributes have earned SPUP various environment-related awards and recognition nation-wide. It is also the only SPUS campus that houses the replica of France’s St. Paul of Chartres chapel.
In keeping with its mantra as an environment-friendly educational institution, SPUP’s latest project is the construction of the Levesville Training Center with “green building” attributes, e.g., LED lights; solar panels; non-toxic refrigerant; oversize windows that provide natural lighting and ventilation, and electric cables certified as non-chemical-based. Not only is the Center the first such “green building” in the province, it is also the first to provide a convention center (600-seat capacity) for the region’s fast-growing economy. Indeed, a number of local businesses have provided some funding for construction. The Center will also house facilities for training, wellness and daycare, as well as a clinic, boutique, administrative offices, and an “al fresco” rooftop patio and garden. This particular structure will qualify SPUP to become a member of the Green Building Council (GBC) of the Philippines.
Additional funding is needed, and one of the targets is SPUP’s extensive alumni network. (It is worthy of mention that the 2013 SPUP Alumni Homecoming was held in the as-yet-to-be- completed Convention Center!) Through its affiliation with Give2Asia Foundation, it is hoped that SPUP’s “clean and green” initiatives will generate some much-needed financial assistance.
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