Children of the sun

'Sun worshippers' clad in college uniforms, not swimsuits, relish the energy innovation project at Thammasat's Rangsit campus, a marriage of student activism and conservation

Thammasat University, one of the nation's oldest academic institutes with a reputation for championing academic activism, is blazing a new trail by making its 2,400-rai Rangsit campus self-sufficient in terms of energy usage.

The university also operates six solar-powered buses, offers rent-a-bikes to promote pollution-free travel, harvests organic vegetable gardens and even has a "Solar Coffee" shop where half the electricity costs are offset by power produced on-campus.

The project conforms to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, designed to show how peaceful living and prosperity can coexist.

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