Go green initiative 2014 - 2015
PTA members in the academic year 2014-2015
Meenakshi D Souza
It was another exciting and eventful year for the Go-Green Committee PTA at the St Joseph’s Boys’ High School.
PTA continued to implement several Go–Green Initiatives with the generous support of the School Management and the PTA Executive Committee.
The significant among them are
1. Waste Management Program
2. Awareness Campaigns
3. External Recognition
I The Waste Management Program:
In 2014- 2015 the school continued with Phase 2 of this Program and the following was accomplished
a. Enabling Segregation at Source: June 2014 onwards
The school invested significantly and procured color coded bins to enable Waste Segregation at source. About 160 bins, Blue and Green labelled with ‘Day Waste’ and ‘Wet Waste’ were procured. The bins also have a description of the waste type that they must be used for. Red Color Bins were also procured for sanitary wastes and yellow for E Waste. The Green and Blue bins have been placed in the school premises and throughout the campus strategically, including all the classrooms.
b. Revision of the Sahaas Contract: June to Oct 2014. Effective Nov 1, 2014
The contract with Ms.Sahaas an environmental NGO with whom the school has collaborated for the Waste Management services
was re-negotiated to include the following
a. Place a full time Sahaas staff in the Waste Management Unit to perform secondary segregation
b. Additional Supervision- three times
c. Clearance of dry waste- twice a week
d. Monthly report of waste collected and recycled.
The school now diverts about 300 kgs of waste per month from the landfills. The dry waste is segregated and recycled and the wet waste is composted on-site. Rejects are collected by the BBMP.
c. Monitoring Systems: Feb 2015 onwards
The Go-Green Committee also established a Monitoring System to ensure the activities at the ‘Waste Management Unit’ are effectively performed by the contracted. A checklist and attendance register has been developed. A school staff has been appointed to monitor the activities.
As a background, The Waste Management Program was initiated in year 2012 and continued to be the major Go-Green Initiative implemented this year by the school, initiated by the PTA. This initiative will ensure that 90% of the waste generated within the school is RECYCLED. A ‘Waste Audit’ was conducted in 2013 which identified the various waste streams, their quantities and methods of management. As a result of the findings, a new method of managing the generated waste was implemented in the school to enable RECYCLING of Dry Waste and COMPOSTING of Wet Waste.
A Waste Management Unit (WMU) was set up within the school premises in December 2013; this Unit receives the segregated waste. The WMU has a compost tank, storage areas and a ‘dry leaves storage area’ and a dry waste sorting area. Segregation at source (classrooms, corridors, staff rooms etc) is the key to this program.
The vision and purpose of the program is to sensitize the children on Environment issues and concerns. The endeavor is to bring about behavioral change at an early stage, develop a sense of responsibility towards the Environment for the future generations.
To support the school in this initiative, the School and PTA collaborated with Ms. Sahaas which is an Environmental NGO based in Bangalore
Waste Management Unit
Segregated Waste in the Waste Management Unit
2. Awareness Campaigns
a. Teachers Sensitization Program: Feb 4 and 5, 2015
The Teachers sensitization Program was held on the Feb 4 and Feb 5, 2015 to obtain the support of teachers in the successful execution of the Waste Management Program. Three sessions were held for the primary, secondary and high school teachers. With the approach that everyone plays a part in the Green- Initiatives, the teachers have been made responsible and were requested to remind the students to segregate waste at source. The teachers were also encouraged and to devise various incentives to encourage the habit of segregation. Several ideas and challenges were shared by the teachers.
b. Class-wise Visits to the Waste Management Unit: Feb 5, 6 and Feb 9, 2015
In the month of February all the students were taken to the Waste Management Unit, class wise. The intent was to ensure that all the students are made aware of the Waste Management Program implemented in the school. The visit was also meant to emphasize the significant role they, the students play in the Green Initiatives of the school especially the Waste Management. While at the Unit, the Secondary Segregation performed at the Unit was explained to all the students from Class 1 to 11. The journey of waste from the classrooms to the on-site Waste Management Unit and beyond the school premises was explained in detail to the children. The “critical” need for Segregation at source was explained. The children were also shown recycled paper and compost that was prepared from the waste generated in the school. The Program ran for 3 days with a total of 44 classes of about 50 students each. The interactive format of the visits helped clear all the questions the students harbored in their minds about this program.
The students at the Waste Management Unit
The PTA delivered the message of segregation through games organized for the classes from 1st to 6th on Feb 5 and 6, 2015. The program ran in parallel to the class visits to the unit. The game involved actual segregation of Wet and Dry waste. The children enjoyed the activity as it involved the spirit of competition and a reward for the winning team. The students were also encouraged to keep their school, city and country clean.
A total of 30 classes with about 50 students each were part of this activity.
No better way to teach a concept than through a game
c. Children Day Program: Nov 14, 2014
During the Children’s Day Program, a short 3 minute video was shown to children about segregation for the primary classes.
A message was also delivered to all the classes during distribution of the snacks, about segregation of waste by type into the Green and the Blue Bins.
3. External Recognition for the Program; Feb 2015
To get the word out, and to gain greater visibility for the Environment Initiatives of the school especially the Waste Management Program, the PTA developed an article and the school through its network with the press got this article published in the Deccan Herald Student Edition, on Feb 6, 2015.