Environmental Audit

 

VIVEKANAND COLLEGE, KOLHAPUR

Green Audit Report

2014 – 2015

Introduction

Colleges and Universities have broad impacts on the world around them, both negative and positive. The activities pursued by colleges can create a variety of adverse environmental impacts. But colleges are also in a unique position as educational institutions to be leaders in pursuing environmentally sustainable solutions. Vivekanand College expresses its commitment to sustainability in many ways. It has taken a number of positive steps to reduce its environmental impact. But many areas remain in which substantial improvements can be made. This report serves to highlight Vivekanand college’s many accomplishments, and to make recommendations for improving the College’s environmental sustainability. The college conducts the internal Green Audit in academic year 2014 - 15 and strives to maintain eco friendly atmosphere onthe campus. To maintain eco-friendly ambience a 10 point programme is followed –

Green building for quality living

Know green and think green is promoted on thecampus

Water conservation and prevention of waterwastage

Use of CFL bulbs instead florescent bulbs

Small generators are substituted with 250 KVAgenerators to save diesel. CPCB approved.

Usage of recycled paper bags was promoted among students by displaying boards like ‘Say No to Plastic’

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle methods are followed

Carbon dioxide neutrality is maintained on the campus by developing greenery

Turning of monitors after the work

Global warming, bio-diversity and pollution incorporated in the curriculum

 

The initiatives taken by the college to make the campus Ecofriendly:

Energy conservation

Use of renewable energy

Water harvesting

Efforts for carbon neutrality .

Plantation

Hazardous waste management

E-waste management

 

The college undertakes various activities through N.S.S. like beautification, water and power management.The biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste segregated by the college was utilized for composting. To create eco-friendly awareness among the students college arranges special programmes by inviting the eminent personalities, who in turn train and educate public. Students are encouraged to participate in eco-friendly activities by making theactivities of eco-club part of the curriculum under Part II.

 

Energy Conservation

;Architectural design for our college is based upon use of natural lighting and ventilation, to save extra power for bulbs and fans.

Florescent bulbs are replaced with CFL bulbs

Eco maps on energy utilization and noise levels of the campus are displayed.

The college has a canopy of trees and plants that make the environment carbon dioxide free and to maintain health of all the inmates. The garden has palm trees, neem trees and other trees, which provide shade and a beautiful ambience.

Energy is also conserved by using natural light in the classrooms.

Organizing lectures on energy conservation in order to give awareness to the students.