The Centre for Science and Environment, as part of its green school programme, gave awards to ten schools based on environment-friendly practices. According to the Centre, a green school is “a resource-efficient one that uses little water, optimises energy efficiency, minimises waste-generation, catches and recycles water, and provides a healthier space for its occupants as compared to a conventional building”.
The organisation received more than 500 submissions from all across India for the Green School Awards. Father Agnel School in Greater Noida emerged as this year’s “greenest school”. The second prize was given to Queen’s Valley School (Delhi) and the third prize was bagged by the Government Senior Secondary School (Shimla).
The awards were given by actor Tom Alter.
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The school has adopted environment-friendly ways for the last two years. Here’s what it’s doing:
Using solar power on campus
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According to geography teacher Smita Khan, the school gradually weeded out junk food and polythene use on its campus and started using a lot of solar panels.
Preserving its green areas
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The school grows medicinal plants on the campus and is preserving its green areas. Students are involved in tending to the plants.
Recycling its waste
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“Our degradable waste is sent to the Greater Noida Authority for composting, paper waste is recycled,” Smita told The Times of India.
Planning to tackle e-waste
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The school plans to manage e-waste next. It has already started work in this direction.
Reducing its water consumption
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“We are very watchful of our water and energy consumption on the campus as well. We had signed up for this drive two years ago, and it took us that long to become the top-most green school in India,” says Smita.