As part of its thrusts to promote a greener lifestyle among members of the DLSU-D community, DLSU-D has been at the forefront of promoting measures that serve to spearhead positive sustainable change by establishing an office dedicated to initiate, implement, supervise and evaluate the University’s programs and policies and its compliance to national government standards in relation to environmental management and safety, pollution control and disaster risk reduction called the Environmental Resource Management Center (ERMaC) as early as 2001.
On the same year, the school has managed to implement its own comprehensive Solid Waste Management Program and establish its own Materials Recovery Facility. This also heralded the beginning of many programs geared at sustainability. DLSU-D has become, in the decade that followed, one of the benchmarks for environmental programs for schools and organizations not only nationwide but even abroad, garnering awards from local and international organizations for its efforts.
Since then, what started as a policy to implement a solid waste management program has evolved into something much deeper as the University has integrated environmental awareness in its "hidden curriculum" making Lasallians part of the most environmentally conscious community in the Calabarzon area. It has also used grants given by various organizations to focus on energy solutions by use of solar power, switching to LED lighting, even as the school established a water treatment facility to treat wastewater and reuse it for the University's needs.The ERMAC performs these specific functions:
- Coordinates, supervises and monitors environmental programs of the university and all its related activities.
- Initiates and develops environmental projects to be participated in by the different sectors of the university.
- Conducts information dissemination/campaigns, training and advocacy to all sectors of the university and community in coordination with the Lasallian Community Development Center (LCDC).
- Establishes linkages together with the LCDC with government as well as non- governmental organizations for environmental community projects and activities.
- Enacts institutional laws and policies with regard to all environmental concerns of the university.
- Creates a venue for the establishment of a network for environmental protection and conservation.
- Creates a better appreciation and practice of ecological resource management through promotion of environmental concerns/literacy among the academic sector.