DATE AND TIME: 12 July 2024
11:30am Afghanistan | 12:00pm Maldives, Pakistan | 12:30pm India, Sri Lanka | 12:45pm Nepal | 1:00pm Bangladesh, Bhutan | 1:30pm Myanmar | 2:00pm Thailand | 3:00pm China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore | 5:00pm Papua New Guinea | 7:00pm Fiji


In today's rapidly evolving world, sustainability has emerged as a critical imperative, demanding proactive engagement and transformative action from all sectors of society. Higher education institutions, as centers of knowledge creation and dissemination, occupy a unique position to drive positive change and lead the transition towards a more sustainable future.

Over the next hour, we will embark on an enlightening journey, exploring the multifaceted landscape of green initiatives in higher education. From innovative energy conservation projects to community engagement initiatives, we will delve into the diverse array of sustainability efforts undertaken by universities and colleges worldwide. Our aim is not only to showcase the remarkable progress made in this field but also to unravel the underlying principles, challenges, and best practices that shape sustainable practices in academia.

At the heart of our discussion lies the recognition that sustainability is not merely a buzzword or trend but a fundamental ethos that must permeate every aspect of institutional operations and decision-making. By embracing sustainability, higher education institutions can fulfill their mission of nurturing responsible citizens, fostering innovation, and addressing pressing environmental challenges.

To set the stage for our exploration, let us first reflect on the rationale behind the integration of sustainable practices in higher education institutions. The imperative for sustainability stems from the urgent need to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation. As stewards of knowledge and future leaders, universities and colleges have moral and ethical obligations to lead by example and demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship.

Moreover, sustainability aligns closely with the core values and objectives of higher education, encompassing principles of social responsibility, equity, and intergenerational equity. By incorporating sustainability into their operations, institutions will not only fulfill their duty to current and future generations, but also foster a culture of citizenship and ethical leadership skill among students, faculty, and staff.

Indeed, the benefits of sustainable practices extend far beyond environmental conservation, encompassing social, economic, and educational dimensions. Sustainable campuses serve as living laboratories, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. By integrating sustainability into higher education curricula, research, and campus life, institutions can empower students to become agents of change and catalysts for innovation in their communities and beyond.

Furthermore, sustainability offers tangible economic advantages, driving cost savings, enhancing institutional resilience, and attracting environmentally conscious students and donors. By investing in energy-efficient infrastructures, waste reduction initiatives, and sustainable procurement practices, institutions can realize significant financial returns while minimizing their ecological footprint.

However, despite the clear benefits of sustainability, implementing green initiatives in higher education can also pose numerous challenges and complexities. Limited financial resources, bureaucratic hurdles, and entrenched institutional cultures can often hinder progress and necessitate innovative solutions. Moreover, achieving meaningful sustainability requires a holistic and integrated approach that can engage diverse stakeholders and address the interconnectedness of social, environmental, and economic issues.

Nevertheless, the landscape of sustainability in higher education is characterized by remarkable innovation, creativity, and collaboration. Across the globe, pioneering institutions are leading the way in pioneering sustainable practices and setting new benchmarks for excellence. From carbon-neutral campuses to zero-waste initiatives, these trailblazers demonstrate the transformative power of collective action and visionary leadership.

Throughout this webinar, we will hear from experts, practitioners, and thought leaders who are at the forefront of sustainability in higher education. Through insightful presentations, case studies, and panel discussions, we will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, challenges, and best practices shaping the field. Whether you are an administrator, faculty member, student, or concerned citizen, this webinar offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of sustainability and explore how you can contribute to positive change in your own institution and community.

In conclusion, I invite you to join us on this enlightening journey as we explore the role of higher education in fostering sustainable practices and shaping a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come. Together, let us inspire, innovate, and collaborate towards a world where sustainability is not just a goal but a way of life.

The program will focus on two sub-themes:

Sub-theme 1: Integrating Sustainability into Curriculum and Research

Explore how higher education institutions can incorporate sustainability into their curriculum and research programs. Discuss innovative teaching methods, interdisciplinary approaches, and how to encourage student and faculty involvement in sustainability research projects.

Sub-theme 2: Campus Operations and Infrastructure for Sustainability

Focus on practical aspects of making campus operations and infrastructure more sustainable. Topics can include energy-efficient buildings, waste management systems, sustainable transportation options, and the role of technology in monitoring and reducing the environmental impact of campus activities.

This webinar would also explore and discuss various aspects of sustainability initiatives within higher education settings. Specifically, the webinar would aim to:

  • Highlight Successful Initiatives: Showcase successful green initiatives and sustainability projects implemented by higher education institutions around the world.
  • Share Best Practices: Identify and share best practices for integrating sustainability into different facets of higher education.
  • Discuss Challenges and Solutions: Address the challenges and barriers faced by higher education institutions in implementing sustainable practices.


  • To educate participants on the significance of sustainability within higher education institutions and its impact on the environment, economy, and society;
  • To share successful case studies and best practices from higher education institutions that have effectively implemented sustainable practices
  • To offer practical strategies and actionable steps for developing and implementing green initiatives within higher education institutions covering the areas of energy efficiency, waste reduction, sustainable transportation, and green building practices
  • To explore ways of creating a culture of sustainability on campus, including incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, organizing eco-friendly events, and promoting green behaviour through awareness campaigns and incentives

Target Participants/Audience and Registration

  • Practitioners from TVET and other related fields
  • Academicians from different disciplines

Date and Time

The program is tentatively scheduled on July 12, 2024 (Friday), from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. (Philippine Standard Time) through CPSC Zoom platform.


Dr. Kesavan Ulaganathen
Governing Board-Engaged Faculty Consultant
Colombo Plan Staff College
Building Blk. C., Department of Education Complex Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 1600 Metro Manila, Philippines
Email: [email protected]

Resource Speakers

Dr. Chandra Sagaran M. Muniandy
Malaysia Green Technology Society
No.11A, Jalan Sungai Pari, 30200, Ipoh Perak, Malaysia

Mr. Raveendran Ramasamy
Principal Lecturer & Career Coach
Politeknik Mersing
Johor, Malaysia