Mumbai: As the negative effects of our deteriorating environment are becoming increasingly conspicuous, and we have been warned about the harmful effects of Global Warming. Universal Business School has thought about bringing a transformation through environmental engagement projects with an aim to inculcate thinking and living habits among students such that environmentalism becomes core to the value-system of the next generation.
Many universities in India already have student-run environmental clubs, but these clubs typically focus their energies on external projects such as plantations and sanitation — which are indeed praiseworthy — but are not transformative as they don’t lead to fundamental changes in how we go about living our lives.
Universal Business School has started employing Rain Water Harvesting in the campus with an aim to reduce the waste and produce green power enough to sustain the electricity in campus. They have ensured reduction in power consumption through innovative techniques and constructing sustainable, climate friendly buildings.
The main academic centre and library have double heighted ceilings to allow for the wind tunnel effect to flow through allowing for reduction of cooling needs and reduction of energy. UBS wall cladding has been done with space between the exterior and interior surface to ensure that the heat from outside does not penetrate inside to ensure that the cooling requirements are down to the minimum and saves tremendous energy. UBS has used double glazed glass, with two sheets of glass pressed together to ensure that external heat is not transmitted internally, thereby reducing the cooling requirements and making it a climate friendly building.
According to Tarun Anand, Director, Universal Business School, “Rain Water Harvesting at Universal Business School ensures that water is conserved and reused, given Karjat gets plentiful rain. Retaining walls and mini-dams have been created to conserve water. All the garbage is recycled effectively with two sewage treatment plants at either end of the campus to cater to the student and faculty.”
He further reiterates, “UBS has planted over 7000 trees with an objective to plant 10000 trees in the campus. Each student will have a Societal causes Management and Responsibility Training (SMART) project where they will have to adopt the nearby villages and implement the green thinking ideas thereby learning from doing. Green thinking is integrated into each and every subject whether finance, marketing or production to be able to resolve the cost and execution dilemmas that exist on making green decisions. The implications of each green decision is actively debated allowing for students to get a better understanding and making more effective and sustainable decisions.”
Universal Business School has Green specific electives like Green Financing and Green Manufacturing and Sustainability Management with Professors from Harvard Business School Research Centre imparting learning of practical and successful models of leading companies who have build excellent models.
They has kept the original flora and fauna intact and has enhanced it in many ways. They have brought material like bricks, stone; from the local villages reducing the need for transportation and thereby contributing to less carbon emissions.
Being a fully-residential campus; it ensures students do not have to take public transportation, reducing carbon emissions.
The College is ensuring that 40 percent of the campus will have no construction and will create organic farming to allow for farm fresh and healthy living for the students.