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Policy changes make UniFiji campus greener

Shayal Devi
Sunday, February 25, 2018

THE University of Fiji has put in place a number of policy changes to make the campus greener and reduce littering.

This has been one of the key initiatives of Green Scouts founder and avid conservationist, Professor Dr Ajantha Perera.

"We have a green campus now basically because we did several things," she said.

"Number one is to show people they can't just throw garbage around because this is a university so we did waste separation and then on top of that, a lot of people were still using plastic cups so we changed that to paper cups."

She said the policy of the university had changed to allow only the usage of paper cups on campus.

"Now we have also gotten rid of the foam lunch packs that we can use an alternative.

"Another thing we have done at the senior policy group level, we are now going to use porcelain cups, saucers and plates on campus so that means no more plastic."

Dr Perera said they had tried to change the mind-set of staff members first.

"One of things we have seen is the converting all the staff to become eco-friendly because they carry that message to the students. Fines are good, they work sometimes but if you change the mind-set it goes a long way.

"Another thing is we're greening the campus. We're growing more plants, whenever someone comes to UniFiji, we want them to do some planting. We have about 300 plants in the greenhouse."

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