Environmental Conservation at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger while achieving universal primary education requires remote and impoverished regions to accelerate their development, often requiring an energy source. It is no secret that developing nations are among the highest contributors to global pollution: access to alternative fuel sources is extremely limited while energy consumption has become an absolute necessity. Energy practices in rural India are not just unsustainable—they are dangerous and threaten the health of women and children. WEIF and GVET have taken important steps to integrate environmental conservation into the development project at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre:

  • Water Harvesting: Water-harvesting technology was integrated into the construction of the Girls' Hostel and Nareshwadi School. These buildings have the potential to harvest 1800 cubic metres of water over the monsoon season, which can be used to irrigate crops and reduce groundwater consumption. Read this report for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to learn more about how water-harvesting protects the health of ecosystems and human communities. WEIF and GVET also launched a water-conservation campaign at the campus to promote responsible water use through signboards, posters, and lectures.
  • Sewage Management: The new Girls' Hostel uses the conventional soak pit method of toilet waste disposal—this method causes no environmental damage and zero waste water is generated. Once funds are secured, GVET will install a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to process 64 cubic metres of waste per day and use treated water for irrigation of farmland.
  • Alternative Energy: Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) norms will be applied to all buildings, as per Indian Energy Conservation Act 2001. In the coming years, GVET plans to construct a biogas plant at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre. A leading engineering firm has designed a plant that suits the campus' capacity while utilizing the resources immediately available at the Centre: the plant will convert 4,000kg of cow dung each day into clean, reusable energy. When harnessed in the kitchen, biogas will reduce pollution (presently, wood burning stoves are used, which release harmful chemicals) and is easier to control.
  • Green Belt Development: WEIF and GVET have improved the green coverage of land on and around NLC by planting native plant species near the roadside and campus borders, in campus gardens and building premises.
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