10 BENCHMARKS OF A GREEN CAMPUS
A Green Campus Committee, representing all stakeholders such as management, staff and students, is the driving force behind creating and sustaining an eco-friendly campus.
An obvious and visible sign of a green campus is that it is totally litter-free, having a proper waste-bins system where waste can be deposited.
In the campus, waste generated is reduced to a minimum. While dry waste is sent for recycling, organic waste is composted on the campus itself, thereby ensuring that the very minimum amount of waste is sent to the landfill.
A green campus tries to meet its energy requirement from renewable sources like solar power as far as possible. Energy usage is planned so as to optimise energy conservation.
Water usage on the campus is monitored to reduce wastage from leakages or improper usage, and all staff/students are conscious about conserving water.
All staff/students either walk or cycle to the green campus, and if this is not possible, they opt for public transport or carpooling instead of using private vehicles.
A green campus stays free from plastic pollution by strictly avoiding all single-use plastic items like plastic bags, cups, plates, straws, soda and water bottles, flex banners and other such disposable items.
Eating healthy food is a characteristic of a green campus. All staff/students avoid ‘junk food’ and make healthy diet choices. Growing vegetables and fruits on campus is also encouraged.
A green campus is all inclusive, even towards the biodiversity found within and around its vicinity. In such a campus, everybody takes steps to make sure their activities do not harm the local biodiversity, but rather, they work towards enriching the biodiversity.
The institution has an effective system in place, which ensures that all products and services that are purchased for use on the campus, cause minimal adverse environmental impacts.