Deadline on April 28
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now accepting nominations for the most environment-friendly and sustainable schools in the country.
Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Assistant Director Jacqueline Caancan said the “2017 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools” is for all public and private elementary and high schools, colleges and universities nationwide.
“The competition seeks to encourage schools to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level. It recognizes academic institutions with the best eco-friendly programs and activities,” Caancan said.
The deadline for submission of nominations is April 28, and the winners will be announced in November as part of the National Environmental Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month celebrations.
“We are hoping more schools will participate in this fifth leg of the bi-annual Search that started since 2009, and take part in heightening environmental awareness among our youth,” Caancan said.
The national search is organized by DENR-EMB, in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education, Nestle Philippines, Smart Communications, One Meralco Foundation, Land Bank of the Philippines and other sectoral partners.
The competition is a direct response to Republic Act No. 9512 or the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008. It is also the country’s initiative in support to the ASEAN Environment Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable Development, from 2014-2018.
The minimum requirement for judging will be the hard copies.
Entries can also be submitted online in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dots per inch, a minimum size of 1536 x 2048 pixels, and a maximum file size of 1 MB.
The top entry per category for every region will be forwarded to the EMB central office in Quezon City for national judging.
Entries should reflect the theme “Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives” of the respective schools.
Entries will be rated according to the following criteria: for Elementary and High School Category-Clear Articulation and Integration of Social, Ethical and Environmental Responsibility in the Institution’s Vision, Mission and Governance (10 points.); Environmental Dimension of School Operations (40 points); Environment-Related Features of the School Curriculum (20 points); Presence of Vibrant Eco Organizations in Campus (10 points); Presence of Partners and Linkages in Environment Programs/Projects (10 points); Socio-Cultural Sustainability (5 points) and Economic Sustainability (5 points). The criteria for Higher Education Category are: Administration (10 points); Curriculum and Instruction (20 points); Sustainability Programs (40 points); Research (10 points); Extension (10 points) and Student Engagement (10 points). Only one entry per school will be accepted.
For the national level, comprising of college, high school and elementary categories: prizes include: PhP50,000 - 1st Prize; PhP40,000 - 2nd Prize and PhP30,000 - 3rd Prize as well as plaques of recognition. For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and a prize of in cheque of PhP15,000 will be given to regional winners for each category.
Prizes shall also be awarded for the special category entitled “Nestle Leadership for Water”. This award is aimed at recognizing and promoting water management solutions and practices of schools. A prize of PhP20,000 will be given to each of the winners at the national level for college, high school and elementary school categories. A prize of PhP10,000 and certificate of recognition will be awarded to each of the regional winners of all categories.
Another special category entitled “Meralco Energy Leadership Award” will recognize schools that promote practices and initiatives in electrical safety, energy efficiency and conservation. A prize of PhP20,000 will be given to each of the winners at the national level for college, high school and elementary school categories. A prize of PhP10,000 and certificate of recognition will be awarded to each of the regional winners of all categories.
The Land Bank Green Leadership Award, at P25,000 per category, will recognize schools that promote overall environmental sustainability.