Worldwide, deforestation is estimated to be responsible for about 12% of greenhouse gas emissions. Forests house carbon in wood, leaves, and soil. When loggers and developers cut down forests, CO2 escapes into the atmosphere, therefore they are crucial to tackling the ever increasing concern of Climate Change. As Paper is primarily made from wood fiber of trees, it is advised that efforts be made to reduce paper waste. Paper waste, like other wastes, faces the added hazard of toxic inks, bleaches, dyes and polymers etc. that could be potentially hazardous when cremated, or merged with groundwater via traditional burial methods such as modern landfills. This ensures reduction of waste, efficient use of resources and enables the business to be more organized, effective and ultimately cut cost.

C.U.S.T. is working in the direction of a paperless environment and the following guidelines are expected from faculty, staff, and students:

  1. Use both sides of the paper wherever possible when printing.
  2. To avoid any paper waste, make sure to review, revise and proofread documents before printing.
  3. Preference be given to use of emails for correspondence rather than using paper.
  4. If only a portion of a document is required limit printing to that portion.
  5. Use the C.U.S.T. portal or data server for providing assignments, projects, articles, books etc. to students.
  6. Give preference to using multimedia projector rather than paper handouts for classroom discussions.
  7. Use online means of communication such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail and other such applications to decrease printing.
  8. Accept students’ work through email, data server or any other online means wherever possible.
  9. Eliminate photocopying of documents i.e. online and printed copies.
  10. Encourage electronic backups rather than paper files.
  11. Give preference to and encourage the use of recycled paper wherever possible.
  12. Minimize use of disposable paper products.
  13. Print exact number of copies required for meetings or examinations to avoid paper waste.

Climate Changes is likely to only enhance the growing water shortage. Factors such as lower water levels, increasing salinity, and drying rivers point towards future shortage of water. Rising temperatures due to climate change will only lead to increased demand for water so it is imperative that we understand the seriousness of the issue at hand and work towards using water as efficiently as possible — to make sure that every drop counts. He campus community shall make informed choices to minimize the institution’s ecological footprint associated with energy and water, with a goal of continuous improvement and reduced operating costs. Following are the guidelines for water conservation;

  1. Regularly check leakages in the water supply and places of water use
  2. Reuse water for mediocre purposes
  3. Use Altered Nozzles(Water efficient devices) which decreases water consumption by 98%
  4. Install flow control devices such as low-flow shower heads and flush valves.
  5. Never let water keep running when it is not being used
  6. Use Processor to treat sewage water
  7. Use rainwater
  8. Discourage throwing garbage into rivers or other water bodies
  9. Encourage the practice of using filtered water as an alternative to bottled water
  10. Discourage use of drinking water for watering plants and laundry
  11. Spread awareness about Water Conservation.
  12. Encourage the use of refillable glasses or cups for drinking water

The program aims to reduce waste production and follow the 3Rs’ principle (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle), it consists of the following steps;

  1. Encouraging the use of real silverware and dishes
  2. Go for reusable containers over single-use plastic
  3. To carry out a Waste Audit
  4. Categorizing items under recyclable and non-recyclable, along with which of the items can be recycled.
  5. Placing recycling bins for identified items i.e. glass, plastic or cardboard etc.
  6. Spreading Awareness about Waste Reduction and different types of recycling through use of social media, events, DSE-CUST website, awareness campaigns etc.
  7. Monitoring and inspecting the recycling and evaluating the results.

One of the green initiatives would be to start using sustainable energy to fulfill the energy requirements. Alternative energy sources such as Solar panels, water power and wind power projects can be an investment which would pay off in time. Following are the guidelines for our energy policy;

  1. Use of sustainable energy
  2. Use of LED bulbs rather than standard CFL bulbs
  3. Turn lights/computers/appliances off when you leave a room
  4. Reducing carbon footprint by providing extensive transportation services for faculty and students.
  5. promote the use of carpooling or using university provided transportation services