SUBJECT : Workshops 

 ENVIS Centre, Department of Environment, Chandigarh has conducted a workshop with collaboration of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi on the Green School Programme (GSP) Dated 08th Sept, 2016. The teachers from 27 clusters of 136 Eco-clubs has actively participated in the workshop. The programme, coordinated by Environment Education Unit (EEU) of CSE, helps schools to audit their consumption of natural resources within their own premises.



It introduces a new methodology for assessing the performance of the school community as an environmental manager. The GSP highlights the significance and relevance of eco-friendly practices, thus helping the students to develop a holistic perspective, and suggests measurements that are practical, achievable and contemporary. The audit process is in the form of simple surveys, daily observations and weekly activities. The GSP Audit places a special emphasis on six sections (Water, Waste, Energy, Land, Air and Food), and this year, will focus on Water and Sanitation, given the current water crisis in India, with the aim to build Water Neutral Schools in India.

The main components of the GSP are:

·         Profiling and Audit Manual: a guide book that explains step-by-step, how to audit natural resources like air, energy, food, land, water and waste within the premises of a school. It introduces a new methodology for assessing the performance of the school community as an environmental manager.




·      One day teacher orientation workshops on Green School Rating: targets teachers and students who implement the programme on the ground, familiarizing them with the steps and methodology laid out in the manual.



 


·         The environmental audit process and reporting: The end product is an online audit report, which CSE helps the school community to prepare, quantifying its own achievements, as well as identifying shortfalls that require awareness and attention. This methodology aims to monitor four crucial aspects of the environmental performance of the school. These are:

ü  The level of awareness within the school community and the scale of involvement of its members in the audit process

ü  The quality and authenticity of documents and system in place

ü  The changes in school policies that have been introduced to improve performance  

ü  The changes in education policies that have been triggered by the school constituency to mandate incorporation of environmental concerns in the institution

 

·         The GSP Awards ceremony: CSE organises the Green Schools Programme Awards Ceremony as an annual event, where top performers (based on their online audit reports) from across the country are rewarded for their enterprise and innovative skills. The objective is to acknowledge the effort made, and also to encourage more institutions to come forward and take part in this movement. The day is celebrated as a festival, when school children from every part of India are invited, not only to witness the award giving ceremony but to take part in painting competition, quiz competition, perform street plays, watch films and mingle with each other.