For over five years UGM has reiterated its commitment in developing the Open Green Zone to make the campus environment cool, shady and comfortable. Certain spots such as the arboretum on the west side of Faculty of Forestry have also become the habitat for birds.
Urban forestry observer from the Faculty, Mukhlison, S.Hut, said the Open Green Zone also serves to prevent whirlwinds.
“We remember that in 2008 UGM was affected by a whirlwind. Areas with a wide arboretum like Faculty of Forestry will stand stronger against damages,” said Mukhlison on Friday (3/1).
Mukhlison hoped UGM would be able to develop the open green zone more. Examples are the roof garden that can add to the span of Open Green Zone. The design and structure of construction can be palnned in line with such concept.
Along with the UGM policy that bans students from using motor vehicles on campus, routes from parking lots to the campus need to be greener for the pedestrians and bikers.
Furthermore, Mukhlison assessed UGM has played a significant role in developing the Open Green Zone; however, Yogyakarta City, the south part of Sleman and the north part of Bantul have not been maximally developed. Even so, Mukhlison apreciated the provincial government for making innovations in the Open Green Zone.
Head of Rural Affairs of the local government of Sleman, Arif Setyolaksito, S.T., M.Dev, considered UGM had given more than required by the laws. UGM not only actively produces science but also contributes to society and environment.