UI green metric
Faculty of ICT 's UI Green Metric download
Setting and Infrastructure
The Faculty of ICT has around 12,875 sq.m. of land and two buildings 3,500 sq.m. of land. The building can host around 1,000 students and 100 academic and administrative staff. The Faculty of ICT is keen to be a green organization. The faculty has reserved the area of around 500 sq.m. for planted vegetation including lawn, gardens, trees, and lotus swamps. Notable projects in this areas include
1. ICT Green Garden: Areas in front of the ICT building and Computing Center building are carefully designed with water lotus plants, mango trees and large trees to promote natural atmosphere for students and staff.
2. ICT Bamboo Garden: Areas in the middle of the ICT building are transformed into in door garden. Bamboos are planted in the area. Water fountains were installed in order to simulate natural atmosphere and help reduce the temperature of the area.
Energy and Climate Change
The Faculty of ICT pays attention to the energy usage. Several projects are initiated in order to help reduce energy consumption. They are listed as follows:
1. Maintenance of Computer and Classroom devices: Malfunctioned computers and devices in the laboratories and classrooms are fixed in a timely manner to make effective use of resources. Hardware and software malfunctioned computers and devices that are not fixed will be switched off and unplugged to conserve energy.
2. Automatic Lights in Rooms: People sometimes forget to turn off light switches when they leave rooms even when no one uses it afterwards. This results in the wasting of energy, to be specific, the electricity. The objective of this project is to reduce the amount of wasted electricity by employing sensor technology in an effective way to turn the light on and off automatically based on the presence of human being instead of manually turning the light on and off.
3. Dispose When Done: Exhausted batteries are hazardous and not friendly to environment. In addition, some exhausted batteries can still store quite a bit amount of power. In order to reduce the waste of energy and conserve environment, it is desirable to bring back those wasted energy and store the used batteries together for recycle. The objective of this project is to encourage faculty members and staff as well as students to use all batteries to its full potential; that is, until it becomes totally exhausted before they are disposed in the recycle bin for used batteries.
4. Rolling out low-power lamps: Thanks to the recent advancement, energy efficient light bulbs were created and commonly sold in Thailand. The Faculty of ICT replaces almost all light bulbs with the energy-efficient ones (256 bulb locations were replaced) since 2011.
5. Cloud computing: Cloud computing services are deployed in order to reduce the energy use in servers that only run with small number of services. Servers are transformed into virtual servers and combined to run on the same physical servers to save energy.
After deploying various energy efficient projects, the total energy consumption reduces significantly as seen in the figure below:
The faculty of ICT always makes sure that its building have the following the green building elements:
1. The building has natural ventilation.
2. The building uses natural lights in some of its areas (Full day lighting).
3. Reduce its environmental impact such as waste management, construction pollution control, and reducing/removing odor and smoke.
4. Environmental conditions are appropriately controlled such as window films and the temperature of the air conditioners is set at 25C
The Faculty of ICT is one of the first faculties that took actions in areas of waste management. Organic wastes are disposed at the designated disposal area by the university outside the faculty. Since the establishment of the faculty, several projects were conducted in order to support waste management initiative:
1. Recycling program: Several areas of the faculty of ICT are installed with different colors of trash bins in order to help classify garbage. The bin categories include 1. Recyclable plastic waste, 2. Recyclable paper waste, 3. Recyclable metal can waste, and 4. General waste.
2. Paperless Service: Many student and staff services provided by the faculty are transformed into electronic services in order to reduce paper waste and increase efficiency. Notable services include:
◦ Print quota purchase
◦ Change password request
◦ Knowledge Sharing and Management (eWorkplace)
◦ Lab computer reservation
◦ Green/Electronic meeting
3. Trash bin everywhere: Trash bins are provided every floor and every section of the building to make sure that all garbage go to the trash bin to protect the environment and help building cleaners in cleaning services. Garbage is also collected 4 times a day in a timely manner to prevent the build-up of bacteria and bad smell.
The Faculty of ICT conserves water by making sure that all water faucets are closed. Cleaning service personals are assigned to monitor all restrooms used by students and staff.
Number of vehicles owned by the Faculty of ICT is 5. Transportation policy designed to limit the number of motor vehicles used on campus: The Faculty of ICT provides bus for staff to travel between the two campuses to help reduce the number of motor vehicles in each campus. The faculty is also rolling out “CAR POOL” policy that enforces people who are traveling to the same destination must share the same vehicle.
Several courses offered by the Faculty of ICT in the Bachelor of Science in ICT, Master of Science in Computer Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science programs are related to environment. They are as follows:
1. Society and Health
2. Management Information Systems
3. IT Infrastructure Management
In terms of research, currently, the total research funds dedicated to environmental and sustainability research is 8,500 baht. There were a number educational seminars and activities that help educate faculty staff and students about the environment issues throughout the past three years (2011 – 2013). The following are examples of those activities:
1. Rebuild mangrove forest
2. Save coral reefs
3. Automatic lighting switches
4. Waste segregation
5. Paperless documentation system
6. Visited the Bhumirak Dhamachart – the royal nature conservation center