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
Stimulating and environment-friendly architecture of VIT Building
Buildings are a primary source of pollution that leads to urban air quality problems, climate change, habitat destruction, and overfilled landfills. The motto was to design and construct the building prudently, so that it uses a minimum of non-renewable energy, produces minimum pollution, and uses as little extracted material resources as possible, while at the same time increases the comfort, health, and safety of the people who study and work in it.
This involved integrating the project designing, planning, and engineering, in order to work with, not against nature i.e. to incorporate nature's "free" services (wind, sun, thermal properties, greenhouse principles, light, etc.) to create a high quality indoor environment while circumventing as much damage to the ambient environment as possible.
The institute desired to look beyond the default modernist box architecture. The college building had to express the will of the Institution to progress in a progressive environment, to build a campus that best embodies its cherished values. The VIT building is a high performance building which is:
• Thermally, visually and acoustically comfortable
• Energy and water efficient
• Safe and secure, easy to maintain and operate
• Adaptable to changing needs
Visit to SPGMEC
To understand the importance of wetlands and their role in environment conservation, a visit to Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (SPGMEC) Vikhroli, Mumbai was organized. The visit helped students to explore the magnificent mangroves through guided nature trails in mangroves, breathtaking view from towers, interactive displays and posters in the Interpretation Centre, talks and film shows on mangroves and associated wildlife. The visit also included mini trips to theme parks such as medicinal plant garden, palm garden, nursery of garden plants and vermi-compost project.
Swachh VIT Abhiyan
Taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative a step ahead, with a view to keep the city clean and create awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the MMS students of Vidyalankar Institute of Technology cleaned the surrounding area of our college. The Management students assembled outside the college gates to initiate the cleanliness drive. Armed with broomsticks, volunteers began cleaning the massive piles of dirt in the area outside college, various grounds and roads of the campus. From clearing overflowing garbage bins to filling potholes; everything was being taken care of. While they were cleaning a few local people of Sangam Nagar threw trash around the garbage bin; but seeing the cleanliness drive they too dumped the trash inside the garbage bin. A few of them even started lending hands in this initiative.
This event where students had put their hands in the dirt to see a better, cleaner future made them aware about their responsibility towards the society. This initiative was started with vigor and zeal in our college, and has thus carved a way for us to realize the objectives of this nationwide movement in the days to come. We were enthusiastic after cleaning the surrounding and were eager to step out to ensure that the city is also maintained clean and also to spread the message of making our country clean and beautiful.
Visit to Sewage Treatment Plant of VIT
Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from wastewater, including household sewage and runoff. Its objective is to produce an environmentally safe fluid waste stream (or treated effluent) and a solid waste (or treated sludge) suitable for disposal or reuse (usually as farm fertilizer).
The students of VIT MMS were introduced to the sewage purification plant of VIT on this day. All students had a curiosity to know about the Sewage Treatment Plant of VIT. Vidyalankar Institute of Technology has a small Sewage Treatment Plant setup in its campus which helps to purify huge gallons of water every day. The setup is in the area of about 500 square feet. It is situated at the rear side of the college campus near the M- block building. The Sewage Treatment Plant of VIT has the capacity to purify around 4000 litres of water.
World Water Day Celebration
World Water Day is celebrated every year on 22 March across the world. The day was established to increase the awareness among the people about the importance, need and conservation of water. World Water Day is celebrated at VIT with poster display and awareness being spread among students.