Setting the Standard—Sacred Heart High School, Vashi
3rd October 2011
The students of Sacred Heart High School Vashi are not only implementing green projects in their campus, but are also making sure that environmental consciousness becomes a permanent part of their school culture. In their second session on Environmental Leadership, the students of the Eco-Club presented the draft environmental policy that they have been working on.
The most striking feature of the policy so far is that the draft was prepared in an entirely democratic fashion. The process began with all students from Stds. III to X participating in a competition to select the best policy suggestions. After this, the teachers selected the best suggestions, which were debated by the eco-club members and the house captains. The policy was then drafted by the eco-club.
The environmental policy covers four sectors—Supplies, Waste, Energy and Events—and includes a variety of possible practices, from reusing decorations at events to having regular energy consumption reports presented to the school.
At this session, the students discussed with the GreenLine team the characteristics of a good policy, and then reviewed each point in their draft according to these parameters. The eco club will now rework the draft, present it to their principal and teachers, and make a public announcement of the finalized policy.
The students of Sacred Heart Vashi have definitely raised the bar for the other Green Schools, and are also setting the standard for all future students of their own institute.