Climate ChangeIn a resounding demonstration of environmental stewardship, Zetech University commemorated World Environment Day with two significant events that underscored its commitment to sustainability and climate action. On June 8, 2024, the university’s Technology Park Mang’u Campus hosted a tree planting event led by the Vice President Endorsee of the LEO International Club, Dr. Manoj Shah. Earlier in the week, on June 5, 2024, Zetech University collaborated with the Kiambu-Ruiru Sub County government to celebrate the day under the slogan ‘Mazingira Bora Maisha Bora,’ meaning ‘Better Environment, Better Life.’

The event in Ruiru was a success, drawing hundreds of participants from the community, county all eager to contribute to environmental conservation. The activities included tree planting, watering, and gardening throughout the Ruiru Sub County, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility for the environment. This initiative aligns perfectly with Zetech University’s role in combating climate change and promoting a greener earth, directly supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, which focuses on climate action.

The university’s efforts increased the total number of trees planted on its campuses from 763 in 2023 to an impressive 1,678 in 2024. This achievement not only enhances the campus environment but also contributes to global reforestation efforts, a critical component in the fight against climate change. Through these actions, Zetech University exemplifies its commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals, particularly in the area of environmental

Dr. Manoj Shah, speaking at the conclusion of the event at Mang’u Campus, emphasized the ongoing nature of environmental care. “Wisdom is understanding that our environment needs care every single day, which is why the Zetech University fraternity started these activities a week earlier and are maximising them today with the rest of the world. This day is celebrated annually to remind us of our everyday duty towards our environment, and not the other way round,” he said. His words resonated deeply with the students and community members, planting a seed of climate consciousness that aligns with SDG 13’s agenda to take urgent action to combat
climate change and its impacts.

The partnership with the Kiambu County Government and the LEO International Club further underscores Zetech University’s dedication to fostering environmental sustainability through community engagement. These collaborations amplify the impact of their initiatives, ensuring that the message of environmental conservation reaches a broader audience. By involving various stakeholders, the university not only enhances its ESG goals but also builds a robust
network of environmentally conscious individuals and organizations.

The tree planting initiative is a testament to Zetech University’s proactive approach to people, planet then profit. By integrating environmental care and climate action into its CSR strategies,Zetech University sets a powerful example for other institutions and businesses. The activities during World Environment Week serve as a reminder that achieving a sustainable future requires collective effort and continuous action. This initiative highlights the importance of aligning educational goals with global sustainability targets, ensuring that future generations are equipped with the knowledge and motivation to continue these vital efforts.

As we reflect on the success of these events, it is clear that Zetech University is not just growing trees but also sowing the seeds of a sustainable future. Through dedicated efforts and strategic partnerships, the university is leading the way in environmental stewardship, embodying the essence of SDG 13 and setting a benchmark for others to follow.