In its endeavour to become eco-friendly school and to transform
the children into environmentally responsible citizens,
Achyut Patwardhan School has introduced a programme called
Green School Programme (GSP). Under the programme, the activities
have been designed to adopt environmental practices in ones
life. The focus is on conservation and development of life
supporting systems such as water, land, air, energy and
also waste management. This programme has been designed
by Centre for Science and Environment (www.cseindia.org),
New Delhi, a non-profit organisation. CSE is one of the
premier institutions, which is creating awareness on critical
environmental issues and influencing the policy changes.
Water utilization: To facilitate the children to assess
the resource utilization the school has fixed the water
meters to enable the children to quantify the water utilization.
The school on average uses water ranging from 6,000-7,000
litres a day. It amounts to 20-24 litres of water/ day/
person (total number is approx.300). The standards are as
per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
A soakage pit was constructed to channel the kitchen waste
water to recharge ground water. The students contributed
labour through "Shramdhan" during the construction
of soakage pit.
Land use: An assessment by the
children revealed that the School campus has 29.70% area
under tree cover. For a healthy environment, ideally 11
percent of the land area must be under tree cover. The trees
planted by the school are producing 4 times more oxygen
than required. The school has 14,500sq.mt. tree canopy area.
So far the students have identified 65 plant species, and
34 animal species in the school campus. There are 230 trees
in the campus. There is lot more plants species yet to be
Energy consumption: The school
is using 54 MJ of energy per day/person, which is little
over than the prescribed standards - 49 MJ. It is also because,
the school uses diesel generator for its energy needs. Resorting
to alternative sources of energy is critical to becoming
ecologically friendly school.
Waste management: The children
are being educated to segregate the wastes into biodegradables
and non-biodegradables. All the waste collection points
have two separate dust bins for organic waste and non-biodegradables.
The waste is segregated into paper, organic waste and plastic.
Only once, paper and plastic were sent to recycling units.
As of now this system has not yet been stabilized. The ragpickers
won't come regularly. The school is trying to work out with
various rag pickers to make the system workable.
As part of recycling of organic waste, the school converts
dry leaves into compost. It harvested 2.5 tonnes of compost
under NADEP method very recently. It was used in the agriculture
farm of the Rural Centre and in the school gardens. In addition,
kitchen waste collected and composted in a separate chamber.
From this chamber, about 12 quintals of compost was harvested.
Interviews in Down to Earth supplement-
GOBER TIMES - monthly magazine: The Centre for Science
and Environment (CSE) brings out a magazine fortnightly.
It also brings out a supplement called GOBER TIMES along
with the first issue of the month. GOBER TIMES focuses on
topics and issues on environment and science for children.
Several issues of Gober Times (www.gobertimes.org)
has covered interviews of Achyut Patwardhan School about
Green School Programme and environment related issues.
This is the second year since the programme has been introduced
in the school. The practices adopted by the school have
been recognized by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
As a result, among 3000 and odd schools, Achyut Patwardhan
School has secured 10th place under the category - CHANGE
MAKERS. During this year (2008-09), CSE has divided the
participating schools into two categories i.e., a) New entrants
and b) Change makers. The children and the teachers were
invited by CSE for the award Ceremony. Five children from
different groups under the programme and two teachers participated
in the award ceremony held on 18th Dec-2008 at New Delhi.
Adopting the Rural Centre and Sarai Mohana village to make them
clean and green
Intending to increase area under tree cover by planting trees
Construction of water harvesting structures in the school
campus to channel the
rainwater into a open well to recharge the ground water
Promoting smokeless chullas in the villages