It’s been an exciting six months, and yesterday, 18th March, was the high point of the Green Schools Campaign 2010-2011. With 12 participating schools and lots of great ideas, choosing the winners was really difficult! Nevertheless, here they are are:
Greenest School Award:Sacred Heart High School, Vashi Greenest School—Runner up: St. Dominic Savio High School, Andheri Best New Initiative:St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala
The programme began with an overview of the campaign, followed by a session on waste management by Dr. Amiya Kumar Sahu (President, National Solid Waste Association of India). The winning schools were then announced by Fr. Edwin (Chairman, Maschio Foundation). Each of the winners also made a presentation on the green projects they are implementing in their schools. We were also privileged to have with us Prof. Jürgen Kleinwächter, a renowned international solar energy expert, who explained that creative thinking is the basis for developing new technology. Another important event of the day was the release of the short film ‘Beautiful Earth ‘, produced by GreenLine.
The programme was an occasion for celebration for all the participants, as well as for us at GreenLine. We’re already looking forward to next year’s campaign! Congratulations to the winners, all the participants, and everyone who has helped make the first year of GreenLine a success.
All great things have small beginnings, goes the saying, and this was proved to us when we visited S. Anthony’s High School, Versova. The school captains, with the help of their teachers, have enlisted their fellow students in setting up a vegetable garden and composting their wet waste.
The traffic was harrowing, the surroundings noisy, and the air thick with smoke. We were in what is probably one of the most polluted areas of the city—Andheri. But in the midst of all this confusion, the campus of St. Dominic Savio High School turned out to be a green oasis. The students and their teachers are well on their way towards creating a simple and replicable model of an environment-friendly school.