Greening In Delhi
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Here our team will showcase how we all are doing our bit to make Delhi Clean and Green as a prelude to the Common Wealth Games 2010.
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Greening in Delhi can be only done when there is AWARENESS
awareness is the most important part of spreading an start of something…
hence the start has begun because the government has taken up steps to spreed greenery in capital.
Earth Day on April 22 has started getting more buy in from corporates. Going beyond customary tree plantation under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, companies are now increasingly marking the annual day with the launch of green products and services. The emphasis is also on striking partnership between governments, companies and NGOs.

Of course, awards stay all time favourites to mark the day. This year Indian-American venture capitalist Vinod Khosla got the top UN green award. Earth Day also witnessed Ingersoll Rand unveiling its last mile refrigeration solution, which is not only energy efficient, but is also expected to help preserve perishable agricultural products. A new eco-friendly paint from Kansai Nerolac Paints launched to mark the occasion cuts down on the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be harmful for eyes and respiratory system.

Paharpur Business Centre took the opportunity to engage the Climate Project-India, an NGO, and the Delhi government to set up an online platform for people to send in their green ideas in run up to the upcoming Commonwealth Games and sensitise schoolchildren on climate change. And Himachal government, in its quest to become the first carbon neutral state in the country, committed to use plastic waste for building roads.

WAYS THROUGH WHICH WE CAN HELP IN GREENING OUR WORLD
1. BORROW FROM FRIENDS………. if any thing common which you also want, instead of buying it again you and borrow.
2. SHARE WITH FRIENDS…….. things like books, movies, magazines,games share it with your friends.

3.TREE FREE HOME………as much as possible, create a tree free home;
……… replace paper napkins with cloth napkins. ………replace paper towels with with special set of cloth towels/napkins store the used one , wash it and reuse it
4. if you print documents, print on once -used paper and/or bleach -free,recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content available .
5. REUSE…. envelopes, wrapping paper, the front of gifts card (as postcards) and other paper material you receive whenever possible.
6. SHOPPING BAGS…..while shopping avoid shopping bags for small things, when you need to buy something heavy the get your own recycled bags.
7.DONATION….donate your old:household items, furniture, dishes, books, sports equipments, magazines, applications, electronics,business attire, wedding attire, etc.
8. RECYCLING BINS….create designated holding "bins" for each type of recycle product and place in your home/garage.
9. NATURAL FERTILIZERS…..leave grass clipping on the lawn as fertilizer.
10. BUY GREEN ENERGY…..if possible , choose a utility company focused on renewable energy .
11. clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month.
12. if you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.
13. lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120.
14. wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket.
15. turn or shut off your water heaters when you will be away for extended periods
16. turn off unneeded lights even when leaving time.
17. set your refrigerator temperature at 36 to 38 and your freezer at 0 to 5.
18. when using an oven , minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25 to 30 every time you open the door.
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DELHI, THESE days is all agog with a lot of construction activity, infrastructure development and a lot more in preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. It is good to see most of the Delhi roads being taken up for plantation and some sort of greening activity being taken up on most of the roads.

Driving on Delhi roads in the last couple of weeks would have made you aware of the efforts being put in by various authorities in improving the road aesthetics. While the Commonwealth Games have made the authorities lay a lot of emphasis on “Streetscaping” which includes some greening activities also, the cake is taken by the roads where pure horticulture activities have taken place.

In this busy Delhi life, where one does not really have any time to revel in the nature’s bounties or even appreciate the beautiful things around, having a beautiful green corridor to drive through is the best possible way to bring about a change in the road users attitude – towards soothing nerves, towards lessening road rage incidents, towards touching driving sensibilities, towards bringing peace of mind and happiness.

The corridor from Dr. Ambedkar Nagar to Moolchand Crossing is one such road which stands out as a typical example of the greening activity creating a visual treat while driving on the road and the users responding positively to the green change along the road. The green design is absolutely simple, the beauty and utility has been harmoniously combined and aesthetic creativity skillfully used to create a picturesque effect while ensuring harmony between various horticultural, landscaping and other street elements in the corridor. Driving along the corridor, the user gets a feeling of exhilaration on seeing a hue of colours – red, green, white, yellow and pink.

The Smartpro Facilities team working on the corridor greens displayed both expertise and interest in their task and seemed proud of their achievement.govind-singh-delhi-greens.gif

GREENING CAN ALSO BE DONE BY SAVING ELECTRICITY
lets look at some tips to save electricity………

1. Turn off your television, video, hifi, playstation, and other entertainment devices when they are not being used.

2. Do not leave your television etc in standby mode. Devices can use up to 90% as much power in standby mode as when they are on, so it is a serious waste of energy when a device is left constantly on standby.

3. Replace all of your inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient CFL bulbs. Replace halogen spotlights with much more efficient and longer lasting LED Spotlights.

4. Hang your clothes out to dry rather than using an electric tumble dryer. Ideally use a spin dryer before using the tumble dryer.

5. Cook many items at the same time when your electric oven is hot.

6. Use a microwave to reheat food or to cook small portions. Although a microwave uses a lot of power, it does so over a very short time and so saves energy overall.

7. Turn down your heating system thermostat. For every degree you lower your heat between 60° and 70° F you can reduce your heating bill by up to 5%. Wear an extra layer of clothing in the house so that you stay warm. Turn down individual radiators - for example, 16°-18° is warm enough for bedrooms whereas 20°-22°C is more comfortable in bathrooms. Rooms that are rarely used can have their heating turned all the way down or off.

8. Purchase energy efficient white goods (washing machines, tumble driers, fridges etc). Although they usually cost a little more initially, the cost savings in electricity will cover that many times over. As an added benefit, efficient items are usually better made and last longer than inefficient models.

9. Vacuum clean the condenser coils at the back or underneath your fridge freezer. Accumulated dust reduces their efficiency by up to 25% adding that cost to your electricity bill.

10. Keep your fridge full, but not so full that air cannot circulate properly.

11. Fold clothes straight out of the tumble drier while they are still warm to save on ironing.

12. Cool cooked food before you put it into the fridge.

13. Do not put uncovered liquids into the fridge. Their evaporation will make the fridge have to work harder.

14. Heat only as much water as you require for drinks and cooking. If you keep forgetting, purchase an energy efficient eco kettle.

15. Use a convection oven. A small fan inside circulates hot air throughout the oven cutting cooking times by up to 30%.

16. Don't preheat the oven for roasting.

17. Don't keep opening the oven door. Every time you do so, your oven loses 20°C of heat.

18. Put lamps in the corner of a room so that the light is reflected off two walls.

19. Turn down the temperature on your washing machine. Heating the water uses the majority of the electricity, so by doing a warm wash instead of a hot wash, big savings are possible. See Wash Most Clothes at 30 Degrees.

20. Defrost frozen food in the fridge since this helps to cool the fridge.

21. Running a full load in an efficient dishwasher will use less hot water than washing up by hand in the sink! Save money, save time, and save electricity.

22. Boil water in a kettle rather than on a hob to save 50-70% of the energy and to get your water boiled faster.

23. In the summer use ceiling fans on a fast setting instead of air conditioning to keep cool. In the winter, running the fans slowly will push warm air collected at ceiling height down to where you want it. (If the slowest setting on your fan is too strong, reverse the direction of the fan in the winter so that the accumulated warm air is blown up against the ceiling and bounces more gently down around the walls and into the living space.

WAYS TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING……..BECAUSE IT IS ALSO CONTRIBUTION IN GREENING OUR AREA……….

1.Automobiles stay ahead of everything in the emission of carbon, so as for as possible try to avoid using your automobile for short distances.

2.Instead of everybody using their own vehicle if some of you are working in the same area and living in the same area you can share one vehicle.

3.Now everything can be done through net instead of going to the banks, stations, markets and etc you can do the same by sitting at your home in front of your system.

4. You can reduce the usage of your refrigerator, If you think that how much my refrigerator is going stand as a cause, don't see as one refrigerator of your home count the no of refrigerators around the world in each home and shops, Hotels etc,.

5.Start using the recycle base articles, change from plastic to paper.

6.We can change ourselves to use cotton cloths than silk rayon cloths.

7.As much as possible use cotton bags or paper bags than plastic bags.

8.Instead of searching for a solution how to destroy the used batteries, start using rechargeable batteries.

9.The waste water that is been let out in the process of leather tanning process spoils the soil and its fertility either we should reuse the water through water treatment plants or we should avoid using leather articles.

10.Let us avoid use and throw articles in our daily uses because almost 90 percent of these kind of articles are being made of plastics.

11.Let us grow at least a tree in every house.

12.To stop the forests getting destroyed, the heart of mother nature you can simply avoid using wooden articles.

13. Attend all your vehicles schedule check ups without fail, to Keep your vehicles in good condition and intact .

14.Give special attention to the carburetor, and silencer of your vehicle.

15.Scientists say even the chemicals used for domestic cleaning also destroys the atmosphere since use soda, lemon and vinegar instead of the chemicals.
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Follow this three important three green rules:

1. Reduce 2. Reuse and 3. Recycle

Use cloth bags or jute bags to carry groceries or other items. Stop immediately using paper or plastic bags or materials that cannot be recycled. If you are made to use paper or plastic bags, ensure that you get them recycled so that they can be reused.

When on market, look for the three arrows that make a circle denoting recyclable material. That way you know the products which you are buying can be recycled and will help protect the environment.

Climate change is mainly brought about by the release of toxic green house gases like carbon dioxide into the air. The best way to reduce this greenhouse gases is to grow more trees which use these gases for their food making process. Plant fresh saplings in your park, office, school, college, or your garden and if possible make a community planting by joining hands with your friends, family and your neighbours. Help the earth, breathe.

Vehicular pollution is the most major cause of air pollution in big cities. While no one is saying stop driving cars, but you can be smart about it.

Walk or use public transport whenever you are going to a nearby place or to office. Carpooling, or even riding a bicycle is a great way to cut down both fuel costs and usage and pollution and also help you keep fit.

If you aren't using electrical appliances switch them off. Leaving them on only contributes to the loss of more and more precious fuel resources.

Don't use more water than you need, and now that the rainy season on the corner adopt rain water harvesting to help raise ground water levels……

In Your Home – Conserve Energy

1. Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month.

2. If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.

3. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120.

4. Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket.

5. Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended periods.

6. Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time.

7. Set your refrigerator temperature at 36 to 38 and your freezer at 0 to 5 .

8. When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25 to 30 every time you open the door.

9. Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.

10. Unplug seldom used appliances.

11. Use a microwave when- ever you can instead of a conventional oven or stove.

12. Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.

13. Reverse your indoor ceiling fans for summer and winter operations as recommended.

14. Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use.

15. Purchase appliances and office equipment with the Energy Star Label; old refrigerators, for example, use up to 50 more electricity than newer models.

16. Only use electric appliances when you need them.

17. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.

18. Keep your thermostat at 68 in winter and 78 in summer.

19. Keep your thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter when you are away

20. Insulate your home as best as you can.

21. Install weather stripping around all doors and windows.

22. Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work.

23. Plant trees to shade your home.

24. Shade outside air conditioning units by trees or other means.

25. Replace old windows with energy efficient ones.

26. Use cold water instead of warm or hot water when possible.

27. Connect your outdoor lights to a timer.

28. Buy green electricity - electricity produced by low - or even zero-pollution facilities (NC Greenpower for North Carolina - www.ncgreenpower.org). In your home-reduce toxicity.

In Your Home – Reduce Toxicity

29. Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g. old thermometers).

30. Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals.

31. Buy the right amount of paint for the job.

32. Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider alternatives like baking soda, scouring pads, water or a little more elbow grease.

33. When no good alternatives exist to a toxic item, find the least amount required for an effective, sanitary result.

34. If you have an older home, have paint in your home tested for lead. If you have lead-based paint, cover it with wall paper or other material instead of sanding it or burning it off.

35. Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers.

36. Have your home tested for radon.

37. Use cedar chips or aromatic herbs instead of mothballs.

In Your Yard

38. Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.

39. Use an electric lawn- mower instead of a gas-powered one.

40. Leave grass clippings on the yard-they decompose and return nutrients to the soil.

41. Use recycled wood chips as mulch to keep weeds down, retain moisture and prevent erosion.

42. Use only the required amount of fertilizer.

43. Minimize pesticide use.

44. Create a wildlife habitat in your yard.

45. Water grass early in the morning.

46. Rent or borrow items like ladders, chain saws, party decorations and others that are seldom used.

47. Take actions that use non hazardous components (e.g., to ward off pests, plant marigolds in a garden instead of using pesticide).

48. Put leaves in a compost heap instead of burning them or throwing them away. Yard debris too large for your compost bin should be taken to a yard-debris recycler.

In Your Office

49. Copy and print on both sides of paper.

50. Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips.

51. Use mailer sheets for interoffice mail instead of an envelope. Use mailer sheets for interoffice mail instead of an envelope.

52. Set up a bulletin board for memos instead of sending a copy to each employee.

53. Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence.

54. Use recycled paper.

55. Use discarded paper for scrap paper.

56. Encourage your school and/or company to print documents with soy-based inks, which are less toxic.

//57. Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of a disposable cup.

Ways To Protect Our Air//
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58. Ask your employer to consider flexible work schedules or telecommuting.

59. Recycle printer cartridges.

60. Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work.

61. Report smoking vehicles to your local air agency.

62. Don't use your wood stove or fireplace when air quality is poor.

63. Avoid slow-burning, smoldering fires. They produce the largest amount of pollution.

64. Burn seasoned wood - it burns cleaner than green wood.

65. Use solar power for home and water heating.

66. Use low-VOC or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.

67. Purchase radial tires and keep them properly inflated for your vehicle.

68. Paint with brushes or rollers instead of using spray paints to minimize harmful emissions.

69. Ignite charcoal barbecues with an electric probe or other alternative to lighter fluid.

70. If you use a wood stove, use one sold after 1990. They are required to meet federal emissions standards and are more efficient and cleaner burning.

71. Walk or ride your bike instead of driving, whenever possible.

72. Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work.

Ways to Use Less Water

73. Check and fix any water leaks.

74. Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets.

75. Don't wash dishes with the water running continuously.

76. Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and dishes.

77. Follow your community's water use restrictions or guidelines.

78. Install a low-flow shower head.

79. Replace old toilets with new ones that use a lot less water.

80. Turn off washing machine's water supply to prevent leaks.

Ways to Protect Our Water
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81. Mulch disturbed soil as soon as possible.

82. Never dump anything down a storm drain.

83. Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.

84. Check your car for oil or other leaks, and recycle motor oil.

85. Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.

86. Learn about your watershed.

Create Less Trash

87. Buy items in bulk from loose bins when possible to reduce the packaging wasted.

88. Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient. About 33 of what we throw away is packaging.

89. Buy products that you can reuse.

90. Maintain and repair durable products instead of buying new ones.

91. Check reports for products that are easily repaired and have low break down rates.

92. Reuse items like bags and containers when possible.

93. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.

94. Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones.

95. Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap.

96. Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.

97. Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.

98. Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials. Old newspapers make great packaging material.

99. Compost your vegetable scraps.

100. Buy used furniture - there is a surplus of it, and it is much cheaper than new furniture.

New Delhi: Dell India's efforts to make the planet earth a greener abode are enumerated in the following highlights!

1. Recycling Discount Coupon - To encourage PC recycling among its consumers, consumers in India who send their old systems to Dell for free recycling will be eligible for special discount coupons toward the purchase of their next Dell system. This coupon, offering a discount of Rs. 1000, may be used toward the purchase of any Dell system purchased directly from Dell for any of its product lines. Available globally, Dell has now extended its free recycling program for consumers in India to accept computers from any vendor.

2. Dell Go Green Challenge – Dell launched the ‘Dell Go Green Challenge’ in an effort to raise awareness and community involvement in green initiatives in India. The challenge invited users to share photographs, videos and other innovative depictions of key issues, concerns or thoughts on green technology at www.dellgogreen.com . The contest ran for two months, during which the community voted for their favourite entries. Additionally, the forum is offering a platform for the green enthusiasts to gather in the virtual space and share ideas, thoughts and visions on the issue. The 20 entries receiving the most votes from the community will be recognized online and through small gifts while a panel of judges, selected for their longstanding commitment to environmental concerns, will decide the three winning entries.

3. To help tackle the e-waste challenge, Dell was the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries.

4. Dell packages its netbooks, its new five-inch Streak tablet and about half of its Inspiron laptops in cushions made from responsibly sourced bamboo .

5. Dell was the first tech company to offer compostable packaging, making disposal of computer packaging easy and environmentally responsible.

6. Most of the desktop, workstation and portable products designed by Dell consume less than 5 watts in a low-power mode, exceeding current levels set by the EPA for energy efficiency.

7. Dell has committed to eliminate PVC and brominated flame retardants from all newly shipping products by the end of 2011 and already ships several PVC and reduced products. Its EPEAT Gold-certified G-series LED monitors, for example, are free of PVC, BFR, arsenic and mercury, and feature an external chassis made with more than 25 percent recycled materials.

8. Dell powers eight of its facilities worldwide using…

DAILY ROUTINE:

AT HOME…

* It would seem to go without saying, but many of us forget that we can save water in simple ways like not letting the tap run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth.
* Insulating your water heater will help save valuable energy, and you can go the extra mile by installing showerheads with a low flow in your bathrooms for bathing purposes to help save water. You can also put a timer on your heaters to save power.
* Using an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors goes a long way to cutting back on waste. And plant a tree.
* Use towels for drying your face and hands instead of tissues that are used and thrown away. Also, hang your towels to dry so that they can be reused several times. You are after all clean when you use them!
* Juice or yoghurt lovers can do their bit by buying juice in concentrates and yoghurt in reusable containers instead of single serving packages.

* Many of us like to leaf through the paper as we munch on breakfast, but consider reading the dailies in communal spaces like the office or coffee shops. However, if you prefer to have your own copy, make sure you recycle!
* When packing your lunch, opt for reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping the food with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
* As you leave the house, don’t forget to switch off all the lights and appliances at the wall unit (if you have this feature) and unplug chargers as they continue to consume even if they are not charging; saving energy helps reduce air pollution.

GETTING TO WORK:

* Don’t go anywhere without your cloth bag so you can just say no to plastic whenever you shop. Remember plastic bags are banned in Delhi.
* Radical as it may seem, in today’s “the easier the better” society, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is by avoiding driving altogether. Power down and Instead try biking, walking, carpooling, public transport or an occasional telecommute.
* If you have no other choice than to drive to work, look for the most fuel- efficient car model for your next purchase and keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure.
* If you’re one of the lucky few blessed with clear stretches of road on your way to work, drive at uniform speed, as it saves fuel.
* If you’re among the majority of drivers who spend their mornings stuck in traffic, consider turning your engine off if you will be idling for long periods of time. And plant a tree.
* For those who suffer from road rage, remember that aggressive driving lowers your mileage, so if you want to save on fuel and save the planet while you’re at it, accelerate gradually– something to keep that in mind the next time that bad driver cuts you off! Just count to 10 and say the planet needs me!

AT WORK:

* Do you have a morning hot drink routine? Using a washable mug is an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-biodegradable styrofoam or plastic cups.
* Leave a cup and reusable bottle for water at work to eliminate buying drinks, which get served in plastic cups, or bottled water. 80% of plastic bottles are recyclable but only 20% are actually recycled.
* When you need a pad for lists and messages, turn over an old document and write on the back of that instead.
* If there isn’t an office recycling system, start one yourself! Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.
* When you must have a paper copy, make sure you default your printer option to use both sides. This is an easy tree-saver!
* Most computer accessories like ink cartridges and CDs and DVDs are made of materials that could be reused. Computer cords and speakers are fairly standardized, meaning they can be used for a variety of computer models and makes.
* Lower your office’s carbon footprint by seeing computers, monitors, printers, copiers, speakers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature and turning them off at the end of the day. And plant a tree!
* Turning off all unnecessary lights, especially in unused offices and conference rooms is an easy way to save energy.
* If you’re in search of something to personalize your workspace, look no further than the humble houseplant. Houseplants are good for the environment because they remove quantities of pollutants present in the air.

AFTER A LONG DAY:

* In the summer/warmer months, consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air-conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home. While you’re at it, in winter, lower your thermostat and put on a jumper. In summer, increase it and wear lighter clothes, you will also save money!
* Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat as it senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air-conditioner to run longer than necessary.
* When cooking dinner, match the size of the pan to the size of the heating element to lower energy wastage.
* When you are feeling at your laziest, don’t throw clean clothes in the hamper to avoid hanging them up! Wear jeans more than once…
* When you wash, use only eco-friendly products in your home. It’s best for you and the environment! And did we mention plant a tree!

logoGoGreen.11671908_std.gifTowards a Clean and Green Delhi

The strategic objective of the Govt. of Delhi has been to make Delhi a more environmentally sustainable and livable city This challenging task is being undertaken through a multidimensional approach:

Motivating citizens of Delhi to keep their surroundings clean and green.

Promoting an ethos of conservation of water by minimizing the use of water and wastage of water.

* Motivating the citizens to imbibe habits and life styles supportive of minimum waste generation, source separation of waste, disposing off the waste at the nearest storage point.
* Composting horticulture waste, to use it as a manure for kitchen gardens, nurseries, parks etc.
* Creating awareness among public and sanitary workers to stop the indiscriminate burning of waste/leaves that causes air pollution.
* Sensitising the citizens to minimise the use of polythene bags. Not to throw them in public places as they choke drains and sewers. Being non-biodegradable they cause water logging and provide breeding ground for mosquitoes. Also, to encourage the use of healthier alternatives like jute, cloth and recycled paper bags, etc.
* Organising Tree Plantation programmes in schools, residential areas, parks, industrial areas etc.
* Creating awareness for celebrating festivals like Dusshera, Diwali, Holi, in an eco friendly manner.
* Educating the citizens about re-use of waste material by promoting the concept of the three R’s i.e. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

Plantation/Greening Delhi:

- Under plantation programme, Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), Market Traders Associations (MTAs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Schools have joined hands with the government agencies. About 90 lakhs seedlings have been planted and 12 lakhs seedlings have been distributed by various greening agencies including Forest Deptt. during the last four years.

- In the year 2002, about 1.8 lakh saplings have been planted by the Forest Department and total 3.32 lakh saplings were planted by all Greening agencies. The Forest deptt. has distributed about 2 lakhs sapling to various stakeholders including 354 RWAs and 384 schools.

- As a result of intensive protection and rehabilitation measures undertaken during the last 4 years, there has been substantial improvement in green-cover in the Asola-Bhatti wild Life Sanctuary stretching over 6870 acres in the southern part of Delhi. The substantial improvement in forest quality has been reported in the State-of-Forest Report, published by the Forest Survey of India in the year 2002.

The forest cover of the NCT Delhi has increased from 26 sq. km in 1997 to 88 sq. km. In 2002 (i.e. an increase of 62 sq km). The city forests at Hauz Rani and Alipur have been developed, and the works at Nasirpur, Garhi mandu, Gogga, Mamoorpur, Mukhmelpur, Jindpur, Shahpur Garhi, Bawana, Mitraon, Anand Vihar, Sultanpur and Shikarpur, are in progress.

Waste Management:

- The Delhi Plastic Bag (Manufacture, Sales and Usage) and Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 2000 and the Rules there under were enacted in order to restrict the use of plastic bags and ensure proper disposal of non-biodegradable garbage.

- Regulation for proper segregation of Bio-degradable and Non-biodegradable garbage at local community level is being implemented.

- For minimising waste, a campaign for adopting 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) is being conducted. Zero garbage concept has been launched in eco-club schools. Further, vermi composting has also been encouraged in various eco club schools, RWAs

- Segregation of garbage has been started in 125 colonies of MCD, NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board areas.

- A number of projects on solid waste management have been sanctioned and are being implemented through various NGOs.

- In order to implement and create awareness regarding Bio Medical (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, a focused approach has been adopted. In the first phase, 100 bedded and above hospitals had been inspected and follow up actions have been initiated against individual hospitals.

Training of about 1000 health care personnel’s have been done at five leading hospitals along with NGOs and Centre for occupational and Environment Health LNJP hospital. I.I.T, Delhi has been awarded the work of effluent testing and incinerator monitoring in all the 100-bedded hospitals.

XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi’s Green Games Pledge at the Greenathon

The Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi has committed itself towards hosting Delhi 2010 as the first ever “Green Games”. In order to realise this, it has taken upon a Green Games Vision whereby it would ‘strive towards reducing the carbon footprints and become the benchmark for the multi-disciplinary games in the future’. The OC CWG Delhi 2010 chairman was also present at the “Greenathon”, one of the major green events organised by the NDTV which includes extensive clean-up drives across the country, movie screenings, painting competitions, sapling distribution, music concerts and many other environmental initiatives.

One of the highlights of the Greenathon was an interview with the Chairman, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP. He was accompanied by Indian National hockey squad capt. Mr. Rajpal Singh and other members of the team including Mr. Prabhjot Singh, Mr. Sandeep Singh. The Games mascot -Shera’s was also present. Mr. Kalmadi recounted the Green achievements of the Delhi 2010 in areas of green infrastructure, green hospitality, greening and offset, green sensitisation, green procurement and waste management. On specific measures undertaken to ensure green games, Mr. Kalmadi highlighted some of the initiatives undertaken to achieve the target of first ever green games like energy efficient fixtures and solar based external lighting at competition venues; rainwater harvesting at most of the competition venues; promotion of sustainable means of public transport, use of eco-friendly construction material like fly ash bricks. With regard to greening and offset, Mr. Kalmadi added that 3 new city forests would be dedicated to the upcoming Commonwealth Games by GNCTD. Planting of 3.3 Lakh trees is proposed in the GNCTD; in addition, extensive plantation drive would be done along the domestic route of the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

In his concluding remark, Mr. Kalmadi, reminded everyone of the importance of preserving our environment, he said, “Ped Hai to Sher Hai”; Ped hai toh shera.

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GREEN MARKETING-THE IMPERATIVE

Green marketing is the recent buzzword ruling the corporate world in the era of
Globalization; corporate responsibility is no longer merely responsible about local
Labor issues, pollution control, or energy efficiency. Sustainable businesses are those

That is helping find global solutions to our most pressing environment and social

Issues. The consumers of today are more conscious about protecting the environment they are enlightened consumers and are known as green consumers.

Green products don’t work well and consumers won’t pay a premium for them-is an old saying but most of the companies today believe that investing in environmentally preferable products and technologies can be a source of innovation and competitive advantage. The success of the companies practicing green marketing has drawn the attention of thecorporate, policy makers and most importantly the consumers.

Green Earth
TOWARDS GREENER AMRITA

In India, Mother Earth –Bhoomatha is considered sacred.We worship our Mother Earth and therefore it should be well conserved and protected.Mother Earth is a home to all living beings,we don’t litter our home,then why do we litter our earth?.

There is nothing called waste in this universe.It is a misplaced resource,taking the example from the nature itself-the trees absorb all the nutrients from the mother earth and shed their leaves back to the nature.These leaves acts as a soil cover and the nutrients are back to the mother earth after they decompose.

The different kinds of waste which are produced in our campus are waste from kitchen,hostels,buildings and houses.These include food waste,paper waste and plastic waste,etc.