•  VSU Grad School holds echo-seminar on Outcome-Based Education
    VSU Grad School holds echo-seminar on Outcome-Based Education

Prior to the National Search, VSU has been chosen as the Regional Winner in the Regional Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly School (College Category) and received a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of PhP15,000. It was also proclaimed winner in two special categories, namely: “Nestle Leadership for Water” and “Meralco Energy Leadership Award” with a cash award of PhP10,000 in each category.

Revolving on the theme "Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives”, the nationwide search was organized by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, Nestle Philippines, Inc., One Meralco Foundation, Inc., Smart Communications, Inc., and Petron Foundation, Inc.

The “2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools” was organized to recognize efforts of various schools in the country to undertake eco-friendly programs and activities, as well as to encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level.

Other winners in the College Category included Miriam College (Second Place) in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, and Ateneo de Manila University (Third Place) in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The winners were rated based on the following criteria: Sustainability Aspects of the School’s Policy (10 pts); Environment-friendly School Operations and Presence of Environmental Programs (30 pts); Environment-related Features of the School Curriculum (30 pts); Presence of Vibrant Eco-Organizations in Campus (10 pts); Presence of Partners and Linkages in Environment Programs/Projects (10 pts); and In keeping with recent initiatives of the UNESCO for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)—a) Socio-Cultural Sustainability (5 pts), and b) Economic Sustainability (5 pts).

The nationwide search is part of the Philippine initiative in support of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (2014-2018) and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

In his acceptance message, Dr. Bacusmo deeply touched the hearts of the audience as he relayed VSU’s situation after the campus was devastated by the Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013 that earned him a standing ovation.

Read: The President's Acceptance Message during the awarding