To “Go Green” means to implement certain lifestyle changes designed to help us live in a more eco-friendly way. It means becoming more environmentally aware and changing our behavior and lifestyles to reduce the amount of pollution and waste we generate. The decision to go green is a gradual process for most people. Any action one takes that contributes to sustainable living makes a positive impact on the environment. Everyone can implement small changes into his or her current lifestyle to make a difference for the Earth and future generations.
The 3 R’s are a great way to reduce our waste and consuming habits, which in the end helps the Earth. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the most imperative for going green. VIT has put in a number of efforts to generate awareness about going green on campus in an attempt to do its bit to make the environment and the world a better place to live in.
The following “Go Green” initiatives have been undertaken at VIT :
Sewage Treatment (STP) Plant for waste water generated at campus
VIT is environmentally conscious and has installed its own STP (Sewage treatment Plant) to take care of waste water generated at campus. The treated water is monthly tested for its discharge parameters to ensure compliance with standards and is use for landscaping (Gardening) supporting water conservation.
Composting Plant for the wet waste from Canteen
VIT supports the idea of clean and green campus and therefore dustbins are installed at proper distance covering the entire campus to prevent littering of waste. VIT also practices segregation of waste at source so the wet and dry waste generated at campus is properly segregated in different dustbins supporting Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan (clean India mission).
To take care of wet waste generated by Institute canteen and small amount of green waste consisting of dry grass clippings, leaves of trees, twigs and branches generated after landscaping maintenance, Institute has setup a Composting Plant to handle Canteen wet waste. Composting of wet waste offers dual benefits of waste reduction and compost generation which can be effectively used in landscaping at Institute.
Installation of e-waste Collection Bin
Institute makes efforts to minimize e-waste. Non-working computers, monitors and printers are discarded on a systematic basis. 70% of monitors used by Institute are LCD to reduce e-waste. To manage e-waste e-bin is installed for e-waste collection which was provided by an NGO Ecoreco.
E-waste collection drives at VIT
Green VIT Club organizes e-waste collection drives from time to time to create awareness amongst the stakeholders of Institute.To motivate students and staff to reduce e-waste generation supporting sustainable development. To prevent adverse effects of E-pollution and maintain health and welfare of students and staff.
Plastic Awareness Campaign
A Plastic Awareness Campaign was conducted at VIT by Green VIT Club to create awareness about the hazards of plastics and impart knowledge among students and staff about the reduction and re-use of plastics and to motivate stakeholders to look for alternatives to plastic and contribute towards preserving the environment by reducing plastic pollution.
Environmental Awareness Session at VIT
To create awareness about environmental issues amongst the stakeholders of Institute and to encourage students and staff to opt for proper waste management, avail the health benefits of reducing pollution and waste. Green VIT Club organizes Environmental Awareness programmers from time to time.
Bicycle to College Day at VIT
Green VIT Club celebrated Bicycle to College Day to create awareness about benefits of bicycling amongst the stakeholders of Institute.To encourage students and staff to use bicycle for small distances. To avail the health benefits of the bicycling. To reduce the carbon footprint of the organization and encourage green practices at VIT Campus.