/ 30 January 2024

THE SILLIMAN University was recognized by renewable energy company First Gen for adopting sustainable and resilient energy on its campus.

The university was awarded the Renewable Energy Plaque last week. It was handed over by First Gen’s Power Marketing Associate Mel Angelie Bacal.

“This is very good for the university in terms of walking the talk in green energy,” said Engr. Ygnalaga Jr., SU Buildings and Grounds superintendent. “It is also good in terms of our savings.”

Ygnalaga Jr. emphasized that the partnership with First Gen lies “in terms of the environment because that is long-lasting and the savings for the money is secondary.”

Meanwhile, SU President Betty Cernol McCann noted that the award is a testament to the school’s commitment in 2018 to “finalizing its environmental principles, policies, and guidelines which highlight the university’s commitment to a green and sustainable campus.”

Silliman University is the only 100% RE-powered university in Negros Oriental and one of the few in the country.

According to reports from First Gen, the university reduced its carbon footprint by 2,704.72 tonnes from December 26, 2022, to December 25, 2023.

“We hope that we’ll have an even stronger partnership in the years to come, and we look forward to celebrating more milestones with you,” Bacal said.

“Our goal of a decarbonized and regenerative future is only possible if we work with more partners and stakeholders like you who have also taken steps to greening businesses and communities,” she added.