CNMI Goes Green: Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute saves not only patients but also the planet

LOCATION : Bang Phli district, Samut Prakarn Province
Date : 26 January 2023

Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Institute (CNMI), is a part of Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital. Established in 2017, the institute adopted the 4Es concept: Education Reform, Environmentally Friendly, Energy Saving, and Excellent Living and Learning Condition. CNMI is composed mainly of a hospital, a medical school, and a residential area that must caters to thousands of people a day and requires substantial amount of natural resources. To achieve a better and more sustainable operation, an action plan called ‘CNMI goes Green’ has been initiated.

CNMI goes Green comprises of 6 actions i.e., Increasing and improving green areas; energy saving and utilizing alternative energy sources; recycling wastewater; managing waste; promoting eco-friendly transportation; and empowering staffs and students. Having been initiated since 2019, a number of projects have given fruitful results. CNMI solar rooftop produces approximately 3 MWh electricity since its first month. Institution-wide energy saving and waste management campaigns have reduced approximately 464 tons CO2 equivalent in 2022. CNMI x Anywheel, proposed to increase bicycle use in the institute. More than 200 bicycles were provided for all staffs and students. The scheme is expected to augment zero-carbon internal transportation and also health promotion for all CNMI personnel. An upcoming project which will be launched in early 2023 is to recycling wastewater by filtration and ozonation to use in cooling towers. The project is expected to be a novel prototype for water resource conservation.

Apart from these strategic projects, many policies, e.g., single-use plastic prohibition and energy saving are also applied to create a sense of responsibility. Moreover, activities from the CNMI personnel are collaterally encouraged. Aiming to cultivate the green perspectives, campaigns such as You sort-We serve (plastic sorting) or World Environment Day exhibition are willingly supported by the executives.

This site visit will present the accomplishment of CNMI to operate in an environmentally safe and sustainable way. Green projects will be demonstrated. The participants will also gain and understanding of the importance of green policy as well as the importance of collaboration from the personnel to promote a green environment.