FEU’s Commitment to Sustainability:
Nurturing Communities, Advancing Education, and Leading by Example
FEU is committed to its mission of promoting and pursuing sustainability and environmental stewardship on a national and global scale. The university actively engages in activities and programs that nur ture its community stakeholders and the environment, all while providing wholistic education, creating safe and inclusive workspaces, and ensuring efficient operations. In doing so, FEU aligns with the 2030 Sustainability Development Goals.
The university’s strong financial position allows it to continue delivering quality education in a post-pandemic setting and adapt to evolving needs. FEU is well-prepared for the changing landscape of education and technology, ensuring accessible and high-quality education for its constituents.
FEU’s strategic focus and investments in efficiency resulted to highly efficient district cooling system, totalling 11 out of 12 buildings. Sound maintenance and operating systems, along with energy audits and protocols, maximize efficiency. The use of a Building Management System in the FEUture Building sets a benchmark for efficiency.
These interventions have reduced power consumption by 6.99% compared to previous full face to face period (SY 2019–2020) and despite a 6.57% increase in student enrollment. This translates to significant cost savings and a substantial reduction in carbon emissions, equivalent to the sequestration of 17,074 mature trees. Furthermore, 35% of the energy used comes from clean, renewable sources.
FEU is also expanding its solar energy capacity, with plans to add 369KW capacity in Marikina and Silang, Cavite.
Additionally, the university complies with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regulations on proper waste management and has diverted 22,000 kgs of recyclable waste from landfills. FEU is actively addressing food waste in the campus through partnerships, particularly with Soil Mate. This collaboration involves piloting the conversion of food waste from ITHM’s Café Alfredo into bokashi organic fertilizers, with plans to expand this sustainable food waste reduction scheme to other campus food outlets.
On water consumption, FEU has harvested over 6,400 cubic meters of rainwater and air conditioning condensate for recycling, resulting in substantial cost savings.
FEU is dedicated to “investing in people” and fostering a safe, inclusive, fair, and just environment for its students, faculty, and staff. The university has implemented mechanisms to promote the overall well-being of its constituents and address incidents that violate established norms and policies. These policies and mechanisms include:
- Gender development and sensitivity activities
- Compliance with equality and antidiscrimination laws
- Employment of vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and people with disabilities
- All-gender restroom and multi-faith room policies
- FEU’s policy on diversity and inclusion within the community
- Equal opportunities in hiring and advancement.
FEU also prioritizes employee development, providing extensive training hours for both female and male employees.
Outside its campuses, FEU, through its Community Extension Services, spearheads numerous programs that support host communities and beyond. These initiatives aim to enhance the skills and livelihood opportunities for individuals, including those who are deprived of liber ty (Project Hope), as well as indigenous communities (Project Mangyan).
FEU was awarded the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard with a Golden Arrow Award by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) based on the criteria of the Philippine Code of Corporate Governance in 2022. This is confirmation that FEU continually reviews its Corporate Governance policies, manual and guidelines, with a focus that these are ingrained in day-day operations.
In alignment with its sustainability goals, FEU’s governance policies promote responsible investments. The university’s leadership has instituted an investment policy that excludes sectors such as tobacco, alcohol, coal, and related industries, which are deemed inconsistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This conscious effort ensures that FEU’s investments contribute positively to human well-being, communities, and the environment.