The UP National Engineering Center (UP NEC) bags a grant from the UP Diliman Task Force for Environmental Sustainability’s Environmental Sustainability. The awarding was announced last May 5, 2022 during Pagsibol: UP Diliman Environmental Sustainability Month Culmination Night done via Zoom and Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/updesm/videos/1892952257572979).
The grants program called for project proposals related to environmental sustainability of UP Diliman. It aims to provide seed funding to implement proof of concepts or pilot projects on different aspects of sustainability, such as utilities, waste, and biodiversity management, that can be scaled up for university-wide implementation. Student organizations, academic and non-academic units were also invited to submit proposals. Submissions were judged based on the project’s originality, feasibility, scalability and community engagement.
UP NEC’s Rainwater Harvesting System initiative was conceptualized to make use of the exposed downspouts inside and outside of the NEC building. The rainfall harvesting system will also save cost due to reduction of water consumption. It will complement the Hanging Garden initiatives of UP NEC. The system will make the plants in the high floors thrive due to ease in watering them. In the future the above system can be expanded to include utilizing rainwater for flushing of toilets and other uses that do not require use of potable water.
The project is expected to benefit UP NEC. The rainwater harvesting system can potentially reduce water consumption hence translating to savings. The project is environment friendly and may inspire off-grid living. The success of the project may encourage the NEC staff and tenants to implement the same in their respective households. The practice can be scaled up for implementation in the campus. Rainwater harvesting may be replicated in other units within the campus and in the community.
UP NEC shares this honor with the other recipients of grants; Office of Student Housing with their, “Promoting Conservation in UPD’s Residence Halls,” and UPD COE Department of Chemical Engineering’s “Bakas, Assessing the Environmental Impact of UP Diliman Campus by Building Active Knowledge for Assessing Sustainability”.