“Employability, Diversity, and Sustainability” have been the three pillars of Siam University. One of the first policies with regards to sustainability is the “Sustainable University, Sustainable District” of which we are working with our target groups – “the 3 Ss” – Students, Staff, Surrounding communities. The University drives sustainability under the guiding principles of H.M. the late King Rama IX’s “Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP)” and “Sustainable Development (SD)” with the aim to help our world achieve the 17 SDGs by 2030. As such, Siam University aims to be a model for sustainable university which give a special attention and concern for both within our campus and the wellbeing of the surrounding communities and Thai society at large; promote initiatives and continuous improvement in the management system and activities within the university for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainable development (SD); and encourage our students and staff to become change agents for the betterment of communities and society.
We constantly review our vision, mission, policies and strategies to assure that sustainable development be integrated in our academic, research, and social engagement activities. Our present vision, “Leading Institution Creating Innovation for Sustainable Future” was revised in 2019. Two models were then developed accordingly – “The Triangle of Living Learning Lab” and the “UPC4Local SDGs Action Model”. In addition, we have been working on reinventing university since last year and sustainability transformation will continue to be one of our core missions. The latest policy, “Siam University Carbon Neutrality 2045” has just been approved by the University Council on August 31, 2022. We are now planning initiatives and activities that will move Siam University towards that goal.
Siam University is dedicated to be a Leading Institution Creating Innovation for Sustainable Future
- Develop learners who have wisdom, modern professional skills, entrepreneurship.
- Integrate of the body of knowledge leading to innovation.
- Nurture learners and faculty members with the capacity to accept differences and use differences to be a creative power for success.
- Affirm sustainable development as the most important goals in developing the faculty members, learners, and surrounding communities.
- Utilize resources of the university in efficient manner with consideration of cost-effectiveness.
Siam University Carbon Neutrality 2045
With recognition to the official announcement that Thailand aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by or before 2065 which is in accordance with the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the University Council has approved the “Siam University Carbon Neutrality 2045” policy in the meeting on August 31, 2022. This response to the global issue of climate change has the following low -carbonization strategies by or before the year 2045.
- Creating carbon reduction innovation for the operation and management of the university.
- Developing measurement system for carbon footprint by assigned carbon emissions measurement unit.
- Encouraging the use of clean and alternative energy in the operation of the university.
- Enforcing the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) campaign in the utilization of university resources.
- Encouraging tree planting and reforestation project as a climate action initiative within the campus and in the communities and development areas which have collaborations with the university.
- Campaigning the use of public transport and electrical vehicles with the reduction of the consumption of fossil fuels.
- Building awareness in the carbon emission reduction to move towards carbon neutrality of the university among staff and students.
Other sustainability policies are as follows.
Academic, Research and Engagement Activities Towards Sustainability Policy
Siam University’s Academic Committee has committed to offer courses in SD and SD-related courses. To ensure that this policy is implemented in all faculties and colleges, in their meeting on July 6, 2018, the committee has set forth the policy that all the research projects, coursework, and student activities done by all faculty members, staff, and students of Siam University should identify the SDGs that they aim to work for.
Siam University aims to become a learning organization for safety management system and implement the safety management system for all staff students, and communities surrounding. Safety policy, safety rule and safety best practice information shall be promoted and distributed to all students, staff and adjunct staff who work for SU. We are committed to develop:
- Safety management system which comply to national safety standard and Safety Act and implement to all in our university and make them ensure for security, safety and health in workplace with safety audit and continual improvement.
- Hazardous waste treatment or disposal system within SU to use fewer toxic chemicals in all activities
- Decrease on hazardous waste usage to ensure safety for all in SU and communities surrounding.
- Safety in workplace for all staff and students by integrating safety in workplace to all activities.
“Green and Clean Campus” Policy
“No Plastic and Polystyrene”
Siam University is committed to develop a “Green and Clean Campus”. Safety and healthy space within the university shall be promoted for a better quality of life for all students, faculty members, and staff. Our commitments are:
- No polystyrene containers for food used within all canteens, restaurants, coffee shops, food centers and minimarts in the university.
- Encourage to use biodegradable materials and containers for food usage in all canteens, restaurants, coffee shops, food centers and minimarts in the university.
- Encourage to use personal or reused /recycled food and drink packaging within the university.
- Foam usage reduction in exhibition and in university activities.
- “Reduction of paper usage within the university” Our commitments are:
– Paper usage reduction by using two-sided printer and Electronic Office.
– Encourage to use Electronic meeting with paperless campaign.
– Encourage to use Electronic learning to reduce paper sheets and papers in teaching media.
Waste Management Policy
Siam University is committed to develop waste management system for both municipal solid waste and hazardous waste in standard practices and meet regulations. Students and staffs shall be encouraged to reduce reuse recycle and proper management on treatment and disposal. We are committed that:
- Solid waste and hazardous waste shall be managed according to the waste hierarchy of reduction, reuse, and recycle, treatment and responsible disposal.
- Products that can be reused, or recycled shall be encouraged.
- Efficient use of equipment, materials or chemicals shall be promoted.
Water Management Policy
Siam University is committed to water management to serve as a driver to reduce water consumption at the University, to raise awareness of the University’s environmental responsibility in terms of water conservation, and to reduce the University’s environmental impact. After surveying areas in the campus to store water from nature and campaigning water conservation programs for years, we intend to further commit ourselves for water conservation program, water treatment and water quality control program, water recycling program, and installation of water-efficient appliances usage. In addition, we will further campaign water conservation programs in the communities nearby our campus for the sustainable use of water.