We have all learned about the importance of taking care of our environment and the negative outcomes that could arise if we ignore the well being of our home planet. METU NCC is aware of this and has set up many systems to implement their knowledge in creating an environmentally friendly campus.
Firstly, METU NCC has its solar park within campus boundaries from where it produces 100% clean electricity. Other than that, there are solar panels on the sports center roof and a couple of other buildings as well. Motion detecting lights noticeably used within the dormitories and other areas help in preventing wastage of electricity throughout the campus.
Water Purification Plant
Secondly, used water is also purified before releasing it back into the environment. The water purification plant is located on the campus boundary’s outskirts and far away from any residences to not cause any odor and health problems.
It is METU’s tradition to plant trees annually. It is a fun activity in which students, along with teachers, plant trees. This tradition has been held every spring since the campus was made. And you can’t spell out environmentally friendly campus without having a tree initiative. 😉
Furthermore, throughout the campus, you can find recycling dustbins designated to specific materials. Recycling projects, like the decorative wall in the library, can also be easily found. They act as reminders to students to be vigilant about how they dispose of waste.
No Fossil Fuel Usage
Gas stoves are a big no. Aside from the environmental problems, gas stoves are very dangerous around university students, who are newly learning how to cook. So keeping these things in mind, METU NCC only depends on electric stoves. However, if you see a chimney on a building roof, do not be alarmed. The internal vent system releases water vapor through the chimneys.
Finally, as METUans, we do not forget to play our part. I saw many students reusing plastic bags instead of getting new ones or carrying their groceries in cloth bags. There is also a stack of papers available in the library to be reused for notes. You could also find posters reminding everyone to be environmentally friendly. There are also many societies on campus coming up with new ideas to work towards helping the environment. For more details about these societies you can visit this link.
METUans can also work with conservative organizations such as Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT for short) where volunteers clean the beaches and help protect the sea turtle population of Cyprus. You can join them for a very unique experience. For more information, you can follow their Instagram page.
Join us on our quest towards a greener future. There is still room for improvement, and who knows, you may be the next person with the best idea.