After launching the EcoLife Website, the yearly plans in previous years all aimed to maintain and to better the functioning of the website. This year, the project continues to aim for maintaining and enhancing the existing functions on the website. These include improving the website’s user-friendliness, improving the assessment and management system for creating sustainable and high-quality environmental sanitation in order to enhance the efficiency of administrative operation. Moreover, the project hopes to gradually implement the new environmental viewpoint which is “Rooting the environmental education and loving our home in Taiwan” through various promotions.
Regarding the environmental sanitation business, the outcomes of executing the plan this year include establishing the coastal adopting system, bettering public toilet management, and promoting the public toilet ranking system.
The main focus of the environmental sanitation business is the establishment of the coastal adopting system. With joint efforts with local Environmental Protection Bureaus, an online mapping system is established to offer 542.8 kilometers of coastal areas to the public for adoption. 490 organizations have completed the adoption procedures with the adoption rate reaching 74%. 731 coastal cleanup events have been held with 28,927 people’s participation and 2,398 metric tons of marine debris being collected.
In addition, in order to improve public toilet management and to promote the public toilet ranking system, the enhancement of filing public toilet information has been accomplished. Moreover, the ranking system for public toilet has been improved. Ecolife has documented a total of 55,248 public toilets within the country, including more than 95% of public toilets are certified as Good public toilets. 31 different units that manage public toilet from Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung are certified as Excellent. These units include public transportation stations, department stores, hotels, entertainment venues, retail stores, public sectors, and religious groups. These results show the efforts and devotion of both public and private sectors that manage public toilet throughout these years. Requested by Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), other business conducted this year includes improving the system’s user-friendliness and the performance of business management.
As to business promotion, 7 training courses, 6 promoting events, and 6 surveys of field reconnaissance were conducted. Seven training courses were held to assist 365 teachers to use the Ecolife Website. Regarding the promotion of environmental sanitation, 6 promoting events were held, which include promotional and practical events on coastal cleanup events, and also seminars, events, and a press conference on coastal adoption. In addition, 6 surveys of field reconnaissance were conducted to better recognize the current progress of coastal cleanup events executed by local environmental protection bureaus and private sectors.
In correspondence to the promotion of coastal adopting business, a Facebook fan page, “We love Taiwan coastal clean-up”, is created. The total number of articles posted on the fan page is 216 and 192,961 people have viewed these articles. The fan page’s total number of views has reached 1,797,174 and currently has 7,123 followers.
Regarding the server for the map service on the Ecolife website, the Taiwan Geospatial One Stop map (TGOS map) provided by the Ministry of the Interior is now used. After inspecting and repairing Google map, which was initially used on the website, TGOS Map has now replaced Google map as the map server on Ecolife. Users can successfully use the map and GPS service, which greatly increased user’s convenience and the efficiency of operating the system.