Responsible production and consumption emphasizes changing our current production and consumption habits to reduce our ecological footprint. To increase resource efficiency, reduce waste and pollution, and create a new circular economy, the government and citizens must work together. Universities are ideal institutions for achieving this collaboration and passing it on to future generations.
The losses of agricultural lands due to improper practices is an important problem encountered in agricultural production. At our university, many greenhouse and field studies are conducted to ensure sustainability in agriculture, and workshops are organized to increase awareness (https://www.gtu.edu.tr/icerik/8/16908/display.aspx).
Olive tree field on GTU campus is a good example to use of owned resources for sustainable agriculture. This field open for citizens from neigborhoods during olive festival. These trees are valuable genetic resources that should be conserved for future generations.
Green solutions for irrigation
Water consumption especially for irrigation purposes is an effective solution for reducing carbon footprinting. There are 8 wells in the University campus that have the potential for groundwater and provide opportunities for its use. The current use of the wells is largely for irrigation.