The magnificent setting of Taylor’s University Campus provides an excellent opportunity to manage both undeveloped and developed land holdings while providing an education to thousands of students housed on or commuting regularly to the Campus.
As a campus nestled within a complex natural environment, the University understands the need to balance the requirements of maintaining and developing facilities to support teaching, research and public services while managing the natural environment that is an integral part of the Campus and the surrounding region.
A walk around the Campus reveals the interactivity between the natural environment and the built campus: buildings are co-located with old-growth trees, views of the Lakeside extend beyond the main buildings, and a small group of ducks and goose are seen often swimming and hanging on/ around the lake.
Natural environment and human activity are intertwined in a raw way that doesn’t occur anywhere else in a Campus setting. Prominent stewardship successes are centrally important to meeting sustainability goals. At an institution of higher education, land stewardship is taught by design and example and is an opportunity for leadership.
Extra-curricular campus events can be an effective way for students, Academic Schools and staff to learn about sustainability and develop a commitment to it. Community outreach has several functions. First, it is the means by which Taylor’s University can more widely share its knowledge of sustainability. Increased outreach efforts can benefit a public in need of sustainability education, operational examples and leaders. Hence, outreach has the potential to educate students and employees about how they might improve their lives and communities, and about how Taylor’s University can serve as a model and testing site for possible solutions.
Second, outreach is critical for Taylor’s University to become better known across the Educational Sector in Malaysia. The reputation of TU as a leader in sustainability and public perceptions will grow rapidly. Third, outreach helps us obtain the resources necessary to accomplish all campus sustainability goals, by informing donors, investors, partners, legislators and other parties capable of assisting the University.
A large expenditure of time, money and energy routinely goes into the preparation of food for the Campus community. This area of campus operations consumes a significant portion of resources and generates large volumes of wastes.READ MORE
aylor’s University’s long term goal is to integrate formal teaching mission and informal teaching opportunities to develop understanding, attitudes and habits that promote sustainability.READ MORE