Greening Higher Institutions with Innovative Business Strategies by Maruf, Lekan, Rofiat
Devise innovative ways of waste minimization in the developing countries with focus on the higher institutions.
The idea behind this proposal is to devise innovative ways of solid waste minimization in the developing countries with focus on the higher institutions. There are lots of solid wastes generated across many higher institutions inform of memo to the members of staff, time-table information to the students, examination results, religious, entertainment and campus political campaign posters, business advertisements etc.Many of these paper-based information dissemination strategies can be carried out on electronic (TV) and ICT platforms as well as internet.
Category of the action
Reducing emissions from waste management
What actions do you propose?
Minimizing solid wastes from Higher Institutions in the developing countries
The proposed idea will leverage on the internet and mobile phone platforms as well as TV.
These platforms will be used for paid adverts instead of what used to be paper-based information dissemination strategies. The revenue generated will be used to maintain the facilities and other equipment.
The internet will be used to send bulk messages to the prospective clients and customers.
A video channel will also be created for the advert contents online. This channel can also be used as an advertistment platform for greening other businesses based on traffic to this video channel.
Phone numbers and email addresses will be harvested from prospective willing clients and customers for information dissemination
Big screen TVs will be put at strategic locations on campuses for information dissemination
Who will take these actions?
Members of staff at these higher instiutions
International organisations with mandates on climate change adaptation and mitigations
Where will these actions be taken?
Across all the higher institutions across the developing countries. These higher institutions include universities, polytecnics, colleges of education, etc
What are other key benefits?
The idea proposed here will help:
Cut down on greenhouse gas emission
Reduce the cost of traditional paper-based information dissemination strategies
Create employment for students with special talents in graphic designs, advertisement content Writing, website design, programming language, animation creation etc
Increase resource efficiency among the members of staff and students
Easy access to information
Real time update of information
Reduce human labour devoted to pasting information and posters
How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?
What are the proposal’s costs?
The pilot phase for this idea can be carried out in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. At the moment the university has internet service across the campus.
Leveraging on the facilities within this institution, the proposal should cost about USD50,000
The pilot proposal could run for 4 years
In the medium term, it should extend to other major institutions across the country
In the long term it should spread across other developing countries