CSE’s Green Schools Programme Honours 106 Greenest Schools In India

CSE’s Green Schools Programme Honours 106 Greenest Schools In India

Himachal Pradesh bags the Best Green State Award, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Punjab

New Delhi, February 23 (TNA) One hundred six schools from across India were certified ‘green’ this week at a ceremony conducted by Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) Green School Programme (GSP). Of these, 19 schools received the topmost Annual Green School Awards for their exemplary initiatives in making their campuses environment-friendly and their students, environment-conscious.

Apart from the schools, awards were also conferred on the most proactive teachers, the “best state” and “best district” etc. CSE director general Sunita Narain and executive director Jagdeep Gupta handed out the awards to the winners.

The awards, given every year by CSE, are based on an exhaustive and rigorous annual audit of resource management and environment-friendly practices within the school campuses; this audit is conducted by the schools themselves with CSE’s help.

The unique aspect of this programme is the opportunity that it affords schools to measure their progress year on year and improve their ranking.
Souparno Banerjee, senior director, environment education, CSE

Over seven hundred schools from 29 states and Union territories vied for the honours; 19 of these received the top awards, and 106 were tagged as ‘green’. 436 government schools, 55 government-aided schools and 216 private schools participated in the audit.

Each school which undertook the audit, was assessed by the Green Schools Programme on its resource consumption practices in six areas – water management, solid waste management, energy efficiency, air pollution control, land and biodiversity management, and food systems followed.

Speaking after handing over the awards, Narain said: “We are re-engaging onsite after a gap of three years, but it seems like we never went away. The vibrancy and enthusiasm with which schools, their children and teachers have joined the 2022-23 audit, the efforts they have put in, is a tribute to the promise they hold, and foretells a future that is full of hope. I congratulate all the winners and green schools, as well as the larger GSP family.”

The News Agency