On Thursday, June 26, the Ecological Blue Flag Program (PBAE) of Costa Rica presented EARTH University with three awards for their green efforts in the following categories: Inland Communities, Natural Protected Areas and Climate Change.
The event was held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on the premises of the Costa Rican Institute of Electricidad (ICE) and was attended by members of the PBAE National Commission and EARTH staff, including forestry professor Victor Morales, general manager Luis Fernando Coto, manager of the Academic Forestry Farm Carlos L. Sandí and coordinator of the Program for the Rational Use of Resources (PURR) Manrique Arguedas.
“These awards allow us to improve in areas that have presented challenges in the past,” says Arguedas. The application process began a year ago, and each category has different requirements that must be met to obtain the award. For example, for the Climate Change category, EARTH had to meet goals in waste management, sustainable purchasing, environmental education and waste water treatment, among others.
EARTH University has also received awards from the PBAE in the Health Promotion and Climate Neutral Community categories, the latter of which is awarded every two years. In addition, EARTH entered 16 residences in the Sustainable Homes category, which takes into consideration everything from recycling practices to the use of electricity and gasoline.
“Academic excellence and sustainable development are key elements within EARTH´s philosophy and are clearly reflected in the creation of the PURR, which plans, directs, controls and evaluates the management of these issues. In addition, we have the Carbon Neutral Unit, which is authorized to verify carbon neutrality, and the Center for Research and Development of Renewable Energy, which provides training to both domestic and international audiences in the area of alternative energies,” concludes Arguedas.
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