REPORT OF SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP CONDUCTED AT CHOITHRAM SCHOOL, NORTH CAMPUS ON 11TH MARCH
Choithram International believes in inculcating culture of sustainability not just within its own four walls but in the entire education community. Our vision is to see everyone successfully embarking on their journey to sustainability.
As a part of this vision, CI is handholding around 12 schools of Indore for Green School audit and mitigation. CI GSP Coordinator – Ms. Jalpa Shah, conducted a workshop with our sister concern – Choithram School North Campus (CSNC).
The workshop was aimed at empowering educators to understand sustainable development goals and providing them with a roadmap and requisite technical details, which will enable them to carry out Green School audit for Air, Water, Land, Waste and Energy parameters. The audit aims at finding the carbon footprint of the school and then developing a customised mitigation plan for reducing the same.
Along with CI’s GSP Core Team, all the CSNC staff members were present for the workshop and pledged to carry forward the torch of sustainability.
CI AT THE FOREFRONT – Helping Build Sustainable Schools in Indore: 4th March 2017
CI not only believes in creating a culture of sustainability, but also in spreading this culture across other communities, handholding fellow educators and ensuring benefits are reaped by the entire community. With CI now being a nodal point for the Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) Green School Programme (GSP) and Al Gore – The Climate Reality Project India, the mission of involving and giving back to the community, and ultimately to the environment, seems achievable
As part of this noble mission, CI is handholding around 20 schools in Indore, enabling their journey towards being sustainable school.
To this end, hands-on workshops were held on 4th March, 2017. GSP Coordinator – Ms. Jalpa Shah, briefed various schools on how they can carry audits on land, waste, water, air and energy parameters. All relevant formats were also shared with schools, which then registered for the CSE-GSP.
CI will further conduct a series of workshops with these schools to take forward their GSP endeavours.
CI, helmed by the vision of the HOS – Mr. Dilip Vasu, has pledged to imbibe a culture of sustainability in our students, nurturing them to be true citizens of the world. For achieving this goal, CI has initiated Green School Programme in association of Centre of Environment, New Delhi.
Convenor of School Projects has taken several sessions with MYP and DP teachers to strengthen their understanding of the details of GSP, so that they may work as a team and ensure effective implementation.
CI is engaged in periodic audits of its water, waste, land, air and energy parameters, after which a Sustainability Report Card will be generated. The entire team works cohesively to implement the mitigation plan to reduce CI’s carbon footprint and make it truly sustainable in all aspects.
With this aim, a green project has been initiated in collaboration with the top schools of Indore. This initiative will see these schools working together to promote sustainability. Small steps make big difference to environment in the long run!
REPORT OF SUSTAINABLE GREEN SCHOOL WORKSHOP HELD ON 22nd Feb 2017
Choithram International under its visionary Head of School – Mr. Dilip Vasu, believes in inculcating culture of sustainability in school.
School has taken several revolutionary smalls steps within its premises, towards making a big difference to the environment like: installation of food composters, low-cost drip irrigation system, collaboration with state-recognized E-waste recycler, installation of air monitoring device, water recycling plant, segregation bins and rainwater harvesting system.
Sustainability is a culture in school and it has percolated in all aspects of school functioning. CI’s carbon footprint due to paper waste is diminishing and will soon be even lesser as CI is set to become completely online. Along with this venture that will reach fruition soon, CI is also the first school of Madhya Pradesh to be recognised as the centre for all GEG (Google Education Group) activities. With the recent introduction of Cambridge e-books and learning management system, the aim of reducing our carbon footprint seems to close to achieving.
CI firmly believes in enabling its teachers and students to acquire many skills and then applying those very skills towards betterment of the community through various service programmes. Hence, CI recently took a step forward to empower fellow educators by organizing a Sustainable Green School Workshop on 22nd February where around 20 schools from Indore and pan-India participated. Moving forward, CI will be hand-holding these schools in their Green School audit and training.
The workshop began with the melodious Green Choir, after which Mr. Vasu gave an inspiring speech, explaining the importance of conserving natural resources for our future generations. He summed it up through thought provoking lines:
“God always forgives, men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.”
The Green School Coordinator – Ms. Jalpa Shah, showcased CI’s GSP Project journey and the audit report to the attending guests. Ms. Ajanta and Ms. Aditi from the Centre of Science and Environment, New Delhi, took a hands-on training session on Sustainability audit. CI has been declared as the Indore centre for Centre of Science & Environments’ Green School Programme.
Ms. Sheetal Antil from The Climate Reality Project India, briefed the participants on sustainability goals, elucidating why it is need of hour. The Climate Reality Project India was introduced by Former US Vice President Al Gore and came to India in 2008. CI is the first school in M.P. to clear its certification and become a part of the Global Network of Sustainable Schools. CI was also declared the Headquarter for the Al Gore Certification Programme in M.P.
The next meeting with registered schools will be held on 4th March. The session concluded with felicitation of the GSP Core Team members followed by lunch.