MC as a Dark Green School

Over the course of its 90-year history, Miriam College has molded leaders and citizens who are responsible stewards of the environment. Starting with a pioneering module on pollution in the early 1970’s, long before environmental concerns became “fashionable,” Miriam College is now one of the few Philippine institutions with undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Environment.

Miriam College practices the whole-school approach in environmental education.The integrity of creation, one of the school’s core values, is inextricably bound to the institution’s vision and goals. The school has successfully integrated its Seven Environmental Principles (7EP) into the academic programs of all its units, from preschool up to tertiary and graduate levels.

Dr. Donna Paz Reyes received the award for Miriam College. Photo L-R : Dr. Angelina P. Galang, Dr. Cecilia N. Gascon (EENP President), Dr. Donna Paz Reyes , Dr. Ramon Doctor (EENP Board Member); and Dr. Fred Perez (EENP Board Member) 

To complement its efforts in environmental education, Miriam College implements eco-friendly policies not just in academics but also in areas such as administration, outreach and even finance. Campus planning, pedestrianization, no smoking policy, no balloons policy, anti-smoke belching campaign, water and power conservation, and solid waste management are just some of the practices that have been mainstreamed by the institution.

Miriam College has allocated green space at the very heart of the lush, green campus for its mini-forest park and rock garden. Aside from preserving the flora and fauna biodiversity in the campus, these areas serve as a model for living in perfect harmony and coexistence with nature.

Miriam College continues to make significant strides in environmental education and awareness. In the first quarter of 2009, the school received a “Dark Green School” citation from the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines (EENP) and a “Garbology Master” Gold Certificate from the Quezon City Government. Moreover, the volunteer group Miriam Public Education and Awareness Campaign for the Environment (Miriam-P.E.A.C.E.) received a Likas Yaman award from the DENR for its pioneering efforts in environmental education.