How we use water, energy, dispose waste, promote efficient use of resources, can make an enormous difference to our development in a sustainable way. Educational institutions have a role to play both in sensitizing students in this regard and demonstrating the eco-friendly way. The future of the world lies in the hands of the youth and it is imperative for them to realize the importance of protecting the environment and of bringing science into their everyday life.
How can we help save our planet?
Colleges and universities are leaders of innovation in our society and have the potential to inculcate sustainable principles in the youth through their day-to-day deliberations.
THE NORTHCAP UNIVERSITY, one of the best Engineering colleges in India is committed to the green movement. Campus-wide initiatives at reducing, reusing and recycling are helping it achieve a green code of living:
• Energy Conservation: LED lighting, false ceilings to reduce heat load, as well as abundant natural light help make the building energy efficient.
• Use of renewable energy: Based on green audit, installation of 150 KW rooftop solar PV system with net metering facility - possibly the first and only university to install it.
• Water harvesting: Five rain water harvesting structures with pipes going to 300 feet below ground.
• Sewage management: Garbage handed over to MCG for proper disposal. No hazardous waste produced on campus. 100 KLD sewage treatment plant to ensure zero discharge to municipal sewer line with plans to use treated water for horticulture.
• Efforts for Carbon neutrality: Green foot print through 6 acres of green area out of 10 acre campus area.
• Plantations: Lush green gardens all around the campus. 14th consecutive year NCU a winner of HUDA garden competition in Gurgaon.
• E – waste management: Segregated and reused where relevant or recycled to external vendors for proper disposal.
• Paper recycling: Reduced usage of paper by using electronic medium of communication. Tie up with vendors ensures recycling of newsprint.
• Social service: Gifting necessities to the needy.
• Programmes, conferences impart skills in sensitizing and mobilizing community participation.
NCU’smantra is ‘Live and let Live’ for a healthier tomorrow!
Small things make a big difference
Don’t forget the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
• Reduce usage: Don’t waste – Save
-Electricity: Substitute with something that doesn’t use that much energy like a fan for an AC, false ceilings to reduce heat load, building designs that allow natural light.
- Fuel: Wherever possible cycle, travel by public transport, use renewable sources of energy.
- Water: Use as much as required. Repair drips and leaks.
• Reuse whatever you can.
- Water for gardening
- Paper for rough work
- Give things you don’t want any more, to the needy
- Use E-waste where relevant
• Recycle: Rain water harvesting is a great way to recharge the water table.
Composting and using organic manure instead of chemical fertilizers thereby reduces carbon footprint.
Grow more plants and trees: Tree planting helps tackle climate change - absorb carbon dioxide and are vital carbon sinks. The world’s forests store an estimated 300 billion tons of carbon, the equivalent of 40 times the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions (source: Time, Nov,’09).
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