What is the Social Responsibility of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) toward Sustainable Energy Supply: Advocacy on Responsible Energy Utilization

By Jennifer Florida and Nerisa Paladan.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Higher Education Institution (HEIs) responsibility in relation to the society in which it operates and to environmental impact has become a critical part of measuring its overall performance and its ability to continue operating effectively. This is, in part, a reflection of the growing recognition of the need to minimize their operating cost that includes utilities expenses and energy consumption. Beyond its role to raise awareness on sustainable energy among leaders of tomorrow, is the initiative for the actualization of responsible utilization of energy resources in its internal operation that will exemplify its commitment in promoting sustainable energy. Review of various case studies and best practices had provided evidence on effective provision in using energy efficient technology that consumes minimal quantity of energy. Energy efficiency implied reduction on energy consumption that can contribute to the internal social responsibility of HEIs to the stakeholder of the institution. Part of its responsibility to their stakeholder is to maximize profit for sustainable operation of the institution by reducing the operating cost specifically the utilities expenses. But the greater effect of reducing the energy consumption among the academic institutions is their commitment to help ensure sustainable energy supply for the next generation.

Keywords: Sustainable Energy Supply, Social Responsibility, Higher Education Intitution

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.15-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 17, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 639.984KB)).

Dr. Jennifer Florida

Research Director, Research and Publication Center, La Consolacion College, Manila, Philippines

As research director, my major responsibilities include supervision of the institutional research program and development of the strategy and program for the realization of the Department’s mission and objectives. My professional advancement involves international engagement through active participation in local and international professional organizations. I participate in various national and international conferences as paper presenter and program committee member and conduct paper reviews for national and international conferences. Also, I have published research papers in peer reviewed journals, both local and international. I am currently teaching in Gyeongju University as a visiting professor at the Global Educational Center. Furthermore, I became a coresearcher in government funded research in the Philippines. I just recently finished writing two textbooks for local publication (Mutya) and two books for Cengage Learning to be released in Asia. All books are in the final editing stage.

Dr. Nerisa Paladan

Full-time Faculty Member, Business Management Department, Ateneo de Naga, Manila, Philippines

Nerisa Paladan, D.B.A. is currently connected with Gyeongju University, South Korea. She is a visiting professor in the Global Educational Center. Prior to teaching in South Korea, she was an assistant professor of Ateneo de Naga University, Philippines at the Department of Business Management for almost six years. She also worked as accountant / bookkeeper and audit staff in various industries for almost six years prior to her involvement in the academe.