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"The Social Impact of Takoradi Green Campus will be tremendous and long lasting"

June 22, 2017

Sustainable Development Statement

 

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda. Each goal has several specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

 What is Sustainable Development?

 

Sustainable development should be easy to describe but the most widely accepted definition is seriously cryptic: “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable—to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”[1]

Interpretation of the SDG’s is cause for many a debate and allows programs to project their interest, hope, and aspiration onto the banner of sustainable development.

 

The Takoradi Green Campus (TGC) project aligns and contributes towards 6 Global Goals.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

 

This Goal is comprised of 10 individual targets. TGC contributes specifically to the third target:

 

“By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university” [2]

 

Affordable, decent and safe Student Accommodation directly impacts a student’s ability to attend, work efficiently and complete their tertiary education.  The TGC project solves this problem for Takoradi Technical University students. It is reported that only 1/3 of Ghanaians accepted into university actually attend due to insufficient student accommodation.  

 

Once complete, 3000 students who may, otherwise, not be able to find suitable accommodation and not attend university, will benefit from the new satellite campus in Akatakyi.

 

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

 

This Goal is comprised of 8 individual targets.  TGC contributes specifically to the 7th and 8th targets:

 

“By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.

 

By 2030, support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.”

 

A series of small scale anaerobic digesters will receive all food and sewerage waste produced and convert it into biogas, organic fertiliser and irrigation water. This is a proven benchmark solution for Ghana that could catalyse out from the actual university campus and benefit local communities who will have access to value added products such as organic fertiliser, biogas, irrigation water that have been locally produced through recycling of waste. Knowledge of the solution is likely to spread and it is not unrealistic to consider the system being adopted by surrounding communities. There is a considerable sewerage waste issue in Takoradi.[3] Deploying this solution at TGC will demonstrate this cutting edge technology and allow others who see it to consider the solution for themselves.

      

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

 

This Goal is comprised of 5 targets. TGC contributes to 4 out of 5 of these targets.

 

“By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

 

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

 

By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology

 

By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support”

 

The anaerobic digester already contributes towards these targets and installing roof-top solar expands the impact. TGC’s energy strategy is to become independent of the stressed National Grid by 2020. TGC will achieve this by leveraging solar technology potential on the roof of the buildings and balancing the peak hour energy demand by storing energy in the form of compressed biogas which will then be used to power a generator.

 

 

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation