July 16, 2024

Roll up your sleeves and let’s do green Sustainable Way of Innovating and Transforming a Happy Community (Switch) for sustainable community development.
This innovative program, which is driven by the enthusiasm and expertise of the as the University of Baguio-School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (SIHTM) SIHTM instructors and students, has a significant impact on many barangays and hometowns around the country.
Green Switch is more than just a community service project; it is a movement aimed at fostering sustainable living practices, promoting environmental stewardship, and enhancing the overall well-being of communities.
By focusing on sustainability, the initiative aligns with global efforts to address climate change and promote eco-friendly practices at the grassroots level that started in the year 2016.
One of the programs under the Green Switch advocacy is the “Roll up your Sleeves” and “Let’s Do the Green Switch” that started during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UB-SIHTM faculty and students have rolled up their sleeves and engaged with communities to identify and address their specific needs.
The initiative has also had a transformative impact on SIHTM students as they were able to spend their time and effort doing their share in community cleanup drives, tree planting campaign, Charity Tayf Box Donation Drive, barangay and coastal cleanup drive and assist in charity events, wellness activity, school supplies donation, weeding and educational initiative. Through hands-on involvement, students gain practical experience on sustainability and community development, preparing them for future careers as socially responsible professionals. Their engagement fosters a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the communities, encouraging a lifelong commitment to service and sustainability.
The success of Roll Up Your Sleeves and Let’s Do Green Switch has inspired plans for growth. Future objectives include expanding the program’s reach to more barangays and improving cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations to have a bigger impact.
SIHTM’s dedication to sustainability and community involvement provides an example of how academic institutions may be vital in tackling global issues locally. Green Switch is reshaping communities now and developing tomorrow’s leaders by enabling academics and students to actively participate in community development.