Construction Engineering and industries turned out to have a significant contribution to environmental degradation. Ecological destruction that began since the construction phase, illegal large-scale use of the material to operate a modern building, is determined to have produced toxins, carbon, and waste whose maintenance management is neglected. In fact, an estimated 33% of CO2 pollution comes from buildings in the world. "As much as 33% of CO2 pollution contributor comes from existing buildings in the world," said the Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, UGM, Ir. T. Yoyok Wahyu Subroto, M. Eng., Ph.D. The statement was submitted in the Talkshow of Your Green Earth, Action @Campus with the theme of 'Green Is More' held at the Faculty of Engineering, UGM, Tuesday (08/06/2010). This event is a joint event of Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, UGM, with Mortar Utama (MU).
Yoyok said the architects or designers as an active construction player has a moral obligation to participate in reducing the impact of global warming. They are expected to hold on to the commitment on Green Architecture. This can be done, for example with their ability to
resist the market and produce innovation and creativity in the design of the building that does not damage the environment. In the Department of Architecture and Planning UGM, an architectural curriculum is now being initiated to contribute to the reduction of CO2 pollution. "Green architecture, let's try to make a breakthrough with the curriculum," he said.
The step into green architecture, according to Yoyok, is not always expensive. In its application, especially in traditional villages, the application of environmentally friendly building and green architecture technology has been done, such as in form of cross
ventilation. "Its not always expensive to implement. In the villages, it has already been done, such as by the cross ventilation to allow the sunrays to enter the room," explained Yoyok.
On the other hand, General Manager of Mortar Utama, Anton Ginting, said that the “Your Green Earth” program at UGM is a form of concern for global warming case. With the presence of such a campaign, awareness, involvement as well as understanding about the issues are expected to arise that eventually change the behavior to support this green initiative. "With this campaign, what is expected is the behavioral change to remain environmentally friendly," said Anton.
The talk show also presented a number of other speakers, namely Ariko Andikabina of the Green Building Council of Indonesia (GBCI), and Ir. Munichy B. Edrees, M. Arch. (Chairman of Indonesian Association of Architecture/IAI Yogyakarta). A series of events in “Your Green Earth” at UGM also enlivened the program, such as photography contest and green business house design.
In addition to these activities, also present in the event the second winner of 2010 Skycraper Competition with a design of Ciliwung Recovery Program or known as the Water Purification Skyscraper. The design is aimed to collect waste from riverbanks and also purify the Ciliwung River water using the mega-filter which operates in three distinct stages. The project will be a 100% sustainable building that produces energy through wind, solar, and hydroelectric systems.