Noida: Genesis Global School, a premium day-cum-residential school in Noida, was the host of the Indian Green Building Council’s ‘Green Learning of School Students’ programme Launch. At the event held recently, the students got knowledge from Subject Matter Experts on Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development, Energy Efficiency, Smart Green Cities, Solid Waste Management, Smart Cities, and Efficiency in Water Consumption, New Technologies and Green Landscape.
IGBC “Student Chapters for Schools” is part of the Confederation of Indian Industry and is launched with an objective to promote ‘Sustainability’ amongst the student community.
The Key Note speaker Mr. Ignacio Albert, Country Manager, Urbaser India spoke about the concepts of solid waste management. His talked about his team’s project on waste management, where they are exploring the possibility of separating organic waste and separating dry and wet waste. He also introduced the concept of recycling organic waste and shared how the ‘Green School’ rating system encourages multiple eco-friendly policies.
Dr. Trilochan Singh, Director, University – Industry Linkage Centre (UILC) at Arunachal University of Studies, the other key note speaker spoke about climate change and the distribution of weather patterns around the world. He presented the statistics of fossil records of plants and animals. He also spoke about the effects of climate change like precipitation, warmth, natural disasters which lead to extreme weather conditions like droughts and flash floods.
The students also interacted with the Guests and asked questions regarding Sustainability, Climatic Changes and Green Building Concepts. Questions were asked about how to initiate green practices at home as well. The panel suggested use of portable organic waste converter which gives organic fertilizers.
Talking about the event, Mr. Christopher Hanvey, Director Operations, Genesis Global School said, “We are an IGBC Platinum Ranked School and have also integrated the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 within our curriculum. We started talking and working with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals about and within, the last 2 years. This year we are also investing in equipment from Solar Wind Mills to Waste-Compost Generators.
Taking ownership of issues that confront us where we live is expanding to taking care of world assets because whatever we do, wherever in the world has an impact somewhere else in the world. We have to maintain and improve the inherited balance on the planet. We can only do that with empathy and responsibility. I have much hope and faith in the new generation and that our students will rise to be global citizens with large reserves of these qualities. This awareness and the learning that comes from it must then percolate into our homes and become a part of our lives.”