Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices on Green Technology of a Higher Education Institution in Southern Mindanao, Philippines

  • Maynard U. Usares University of the Philippines Mindanao
  • Christopher C. Gonzales University of Southeastern Philippines


Higher education institutions (HEIs) are considered catalysts in environmental sustainability efforts on a global scale. This study determines the knowledge, attitudes, and practices on green technology, particularly on waste minimization, reduction of energy and resource use, and reduction of the carbon footprint of respondents from an HEI in Southern Mindanao, Philippines. A survey was conducted among 141 respondents composed of administrators, faculty, staff, and students of the HEI. Mean, variance, Pearson r, Kruskal-Wallis, and Mann-Whitney tests were the statistical tools used in this study. There was an excellent overall level of knowledge as well as a positive attitude towards green technology. In terms of practices, respondents observed green technology about 50% of the time. There was a significant difference in the level of knowledge between students and staff and between faculty and staff. Likewise, the extent of the practice varied among the respondents. Furthermore, results showed a low relationship between the level of knowledge and extent of practice and also a low relationship between the level of attitude and extent of the practice. The HEI should embark on developing transformative strategies geared towards becoming a green university that embodies sustainable development goals and principles.

Keywords: sustainable development · waste minimization · energy use · resources use · carbon footprint · greening universities

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