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Rajarata Uni launches sustainability drive

Thursday, 4th of January 2024

The Rajarata University of Sri Lanka has launched its new sustainability webpage to showcase the University’s commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable practices. The webpage and pledge aim to engage the university community on the importance of sustainability and encourage individuals to take action towards a greener future. Advisor, Vice-Chancellor Professor (Mrs) G A S Ginigaddara expressed enthusiasm for the launch of the sustainability webpage and pledge, stating, “As an institution of higher education, we must lead by example and prioritise sustainability.

Our new webpage and pledge provide a platform for our community to come together, learn, and take action towards a more sustainable future. By making small changes in our daily lives, we can collectively make a significant impact on the environment.” “Rajarata University of Sri Lanka invites all members of the university community, as well as the public, to visit the new sustainability webpage and sign the sustainability pledge. Together, we can make a difference and create a greener, more sustainable future.”

The webpage serves as a comprehensive resource hub for students, faculty, staff, and the wider community. It highlights 17 sustainable development goals of the University of Sri Lanka namely, no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace justice and strong institutions, and partnerships for the goals.

The webpage will highlight success stories of the university’s sustainability efforts, inspiring others to follow suit. Rajarata University is also introducing a sustainability pledge, inviting all members of the university community to make a personal commitment to sustainable living. By signing the pledge, individuals pledge to adopt sustainable practices. The pledge serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility we all have in preserving the planet for future generations.

The Rajarata University collaborates with 16 government and nongovernment organisations in many projects on sustainable development goals. Several sustainability projects were implemented by Rajarata University from 2019 to 2023. The sustainability steering committee is led by Vice-Chancellor Professor (Mrs) G A S Ginigaddara as the Advisor, Dr. A M Priyangani Adhikari – Director, A M G B Abeysinghe – Registrar, Professor G V T V Weerasooriya – Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Manoj Fernando – Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Prof P M B Jayathilake – Dean, Faculty of Management Studies, Dr. P H G Janaka Pushpakumara – Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Prof D Thusitha Mendis – Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dr. Chathuranga Bamunuarachchige – Dean, Faculty of Technology, Uthumansa Ahamed – Coordinator and Wiraj Wickramaarachchi Web Committee Coordinator. For more information, visit Rajarata University of Sri Lanka’s sustainability webpage at (https://sdg.rjt.ac.lk/).

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