The university will save 230 tons of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to planting 580 new trees
(MissionNewswire) The Pontifical Salesian University in Rome has launched an energy efficiency project to reduce energy consumption and use renewable sources throughout the campus. At the end of 2021, the university joined the “Laudato Si’ Initiative Platform” promoted by Pope Francis to raise awareness and increase action on the values of integral ecology.
Thanks to Global Power Service, the university installed a system of photovoltaic panels for the production of clean energy. It will also replace the six current thermal power plants with next-generation energy-efficient equipment. As a result, the university will save 230 tons of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to planting 580 new trees. The university is also committed to reducing the use of plastic, dematerializing paper documents and installing charging stations for electric vehicles.
Fr Andrea Bozzolo, rector magnificus of the Pontifical Salesian University, said: “We want to work on the hearts and minds of our children, who are very sensitive to environmental issues and eager to work, to generate skills, in particularly educational, so that a new relationship with creation is born, takes root and spreads.
Prof. Bozzolo noted that the change will be brought about by a series of new behaviors. He said: “It’s not just the big projects that make the difference, but the small daily gestures that each of us can put into practice. This is also why we decided to reduce the consumption of plastic, to change the water dispensers in the bathrooms, to move towards energy savings, the recycling of food waste. Too often in our gestures, there is already an offense against the environment; we keep the water on or the light on when we don’t need it, thinking we’re doing nothing wrong! Awareness is lacking and what we are trying to do is to educate the younger generations to change their mentality and spirituality.
Salesian programs through Italy help young people who cannot go to school and others who drop out to work in the few jobs available to them. A growing number of children are working as farm laborers and others have turned to the sex trade to help support their families. People living in poverty often live without adequate housing, hot water, regular meals and health care.
Poverty rose sharply in 2020 to its highest level in 15 years as the COVID-19 crisis brought economic challenges to much of the country. Nearly 5.6 million people, or 9.4% of the population, live in absolute poverty, unable to purchase goods or services to achieve a minimum acceptable standard of living, according to the World Bank. This number includes 1.3 million minors.
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