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Ho Chi Minh City university becomes Vietnam’s first to pledge zero-waste campus

Ho Chi Minh City university becomes Vietnam’s first to pledge zero-waste campus

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 15:37 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City university becomes Vietnam’s first to pledge zero-waste campus
Students from the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) sort waste for recycling. Photo: To Nhu / Tuoi Tre

The University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) has launched an initiative promoting zero-waste practices on its campus, a collaboration with environmental nonprofit Vietnam Zero Waste Organization (VZWA).

This is the first zero-waste campus project in Vietnam and will be piloted at a UEH campus in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

In the spirit of the 3R model (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), UEH strives to build a sustainable and waste-free environment for learning, which gave rise to their newly launched ‘UEH Zero Waste Campus’ campaign, said Bui Quang Hung, deputy president of the university. 

In the first and current phase of the project, entitled ‘Rethink - Be Green,’ the school expects to reduce 40 percent of plastic refuse on the campus, while 70 percent of its students and officers are anticipated to gain an understanding of zero-waste practices. 

“This project is also the first step in UEH’s road map toward sustainability and multidiscipline, as well as our commitment to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” Hung said.

The project outlines the adoption of 3R technologies in sorting and recycling waste, as well as human-centered education and communication to promote a circular economy. 

Singer Trong Hieu will also participate as the campaign’s ambassador, who will promote the ‘Rethink - Be Green’ message and inspire the community to uphold sustainable values through promotional activities.

The campaign will go through multiple stages to foster a ‘green’ lifestyle at the UEH campus and is slated to complete in 2025.

‘UEH Zero Waste Campus’ has been selected as one of the finalists in The Zero Waste City Challenge, a sustainable idea competition organized by nonprofit Waste Aid. 

It will compete with other ideas from Vietnam in a final round held virtually on Tuesday. 

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