The Key Concepts of Mahidol University: Green University
The development concepts according to the Landscape Master Plan 2008 will establish Mahidol University to the university of dreams, there are a conducive learning environment, physical characteristics that respond harmoniously to social and environmental conditions. The university are like a second home and the spiritual center of all Mahidol people. Physical, social and environmental components are an important element to create “A Promise Place to Live and Learn Together with Nature”
Green University is a key concept to build the university that promotes nature-based learning and as a botanic garden, which is the main way of university development leading to the university that integrates a shady environment, promote health, clean and pollution-free, valuable use of resources, beautiful landscape, green space for recreation and environmental activities and also, promote renewable energy. As a result, students and Mahidol people will live happily, have a good of life and eco-friendly living in Mahidol Unversity, Salaya Campus. Moreover, the green university development will make Mahidol University, Salaya Campus becomes a community leader in environmental protection and coexistence with nature.
3 Green Strategies for Green University development
– Wide variety of plants, both of native plant, herbal plant and plant for research.
– Increase the number of trees in the university especially around the activity area and walkway.
– Create gardens and landscapes that are unique and suitable for historical, cultural, and architectural areas of Mahidol University, Salaya Campus.
– Improve the polluted environment with technologies such as wastewater treatment system, grey water re-use, recycle waste and reduce air pollution without encouraging the use of cars, burning garbage, support tree planting and using bicycles instead of cars.
– Increase course study related to sustainable development, environmental conservation and long-learning in environmental education.
– Emphasis on science research, conservation, restoration and enhancement of environmental quality.
– Develop innovative processes and new technologies to create environmentally friendly products.
– Develop knowledge in science and technology to protect the environment in the area of Mahidol University and surrounding community areas.
– Design of energy efficient buildings, use of natural light and reducing the temperature outside the building.
– Reduce energy consumption from fossil fuel, use electric or renewable vehicles, support walking and cycling and support the public transport system.
– Add different types of renewable energy alternatives both for transportation and for daily use.
– Reduce the use of electricity such as turning off the lights during the day, reduce air conditioner power consumption and use electrical appliances sparingly.
– Grouping the activity area in the same area.
– Increasing the land use density by preservation of open spaces at least 70 percent of the total area.
– Classifying the area in each activity into sub-block system.
– Identifying important green spaces to preserve as a lung of the university and activity areas for the community.
Zone 1: Land Use for Education
Block 1/1: Core Education Area
Block 1/2: Culture and Arts Education Area
Block 1/3: Health Education Area
Zone 2: Land Use for Management and Services
Block 2/1: Mahidol University Learning Center and Garden of H.R.H. The Prince Father’s Areas
Block 2/2: Prince Mahidol Hall Area
Zone 3: Land Use for Research and Academic Services
Block 3/1: Core Research Center Area
Block 3/2: Academic Services Area
Block 3/3: Research Center Area
Block 3/4: The Southern of Baromrajchonnee Road Area
Zone 4: Land Use for Accommodation
Block 4/1: Students Accommodation Area
Block 4/2: Students and Staffs Accommodation Area (Condominiums)
Zone 5: Land Use for Sports and Recreation
Block 5/1: Sports Complex Area
Block 5/2: Sports Stadium and Recreation Center Area 1
Block 5/3: Sports Stadium and Recreation Center Area 2
Zone 6: Land Use for Public Utilities
Block 6/1: Wastewater Treatment System Building Area
Block 6/2: Environmental Conservation and Organic Compost Production Buildings Area
Block 6/3: Sub-Electric Station Area
Zone 7: Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Area
Zone 8: Land Use for Commercial
Block 8/1: Main Project Development Area
Block 8/2: MU Corner Area
Zone 9: Land Use for Environmental Conservation
Block 9/1: Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park Area
Block 9/2: Southeast Green Area
Block 9/3: Northeast Green Area