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An Environment Cell has been formed in 2019 for initiating a formal Green Audit of the expansive campus. Eminent environmentalists, Mr. Santanu Chakraborty and Mr. Debapriya Mukherjee, visited the campus and completed the preliminary survey for this venture.
The Cell, along with the IQAC, plans, initiates and sustains new and existing eco-friendly measures in the college. It also plans events and practices that help towards students’ informed awareness and their involvement in environmental activism.
The members of the Environment Cell (2020-21) are:
Conveners: Dr. Chaiti Mitra, Smt. Bisaka Blone
Members: Pr. Ishtatmaprana, Dr. Sanghamitra Mukherjee

Initiatives taken by the College to make the campus eco-friendly
The College has a number of intrinsic everyday practices and measures that ensure preservation and enhancement of our green and eco-friendly campus. Some of the green initiatives undertaken by the College are:
Energy conservation
Rooms are spacious and well ventilated so that enough daylight and air make the rooms bright and cool.
Students are made acutely aware about the proper use of electrical lights and fans and are trained to switch these off when rooms are unoccupied.
Low energy bulbs are used. Plans are on to completely switch over to to LED bulbs in near future as part of the College’s energy conservation efforts.
In the air-conditioned rooms, the doors and windows have tight seals to prevent wastage. The doors of the air conditioned rooms are attached with elbow hinges to minimize leakage.
Printers, copiers, laptops and desktop computers are turned off or put into sleep mode when not in use.
Hostel students are encouraged to study collectively in the hall till 10 p.m. under the guidance of a monastic member so that lights and fans in hostel rooms are not required during these hours.
Equipments are checked regularly for proper operation and maintenance.

Use of Renewable Energy
The College has a strong focus on alternative energies awareness, especially on the role and importance of solar energy as the greatest renewable and sustainable form of energy available to cope with the escalating demands of modern life. As the first step towards harnessing larger benefits of solar energy, the College has initiated solar heating facility in the hostel. At the cost of Rs 3,50,000 (Three lakh fifty thousand) the College has installed two (1500LPD+ 500LPD) evacuated tube Solar Water Heating System to fulfill the demand of hot water among the hostel boarders during winter season.
Moreover, a plan to install 3KWP Grid Tied Solar Roof Top Power Plant in the main College building is also being considered.

Organic Farming Practices
The College makes a conscious effort towards using non-chemical and ecofriendly pesticides and insecticides as far as viable. An important and unique institutional feature is the use of natural fertilizers. There are carefully set up and well-maintained compost-pits that supply organic fertilizers and also recycle organic refuse.

Efforts for Carbon Neutrality
The vast green campus is itself a low carbon area, which preserves a rich biodiversity. Regular plantation of trees & maintenance of adequate greenery in the College campus is a prime focus.
All cars and vehicles belonging to the College pertain to anti-pollution standards. Recently the College has acquired a battery-operated E-Rickshaw as an eco-friendly vehicle for internal use within the campus.

Waste Management and Segregation
A) Segregation at Source
The College is virtually a plastic free zone and students are advised to restrict the use of plastic bags within campus. Sustained campaigns are carried out to make students aware of the harmful effects of plastics in order to reduce its use and to initiate a practice of recycling.
Throughout the College, wastes are separated into biodegradable and nonbiodegradable bins. Hazardous metallic and glass wastes like discarded tubelights, bottles, glass and other metallic wastes are kept separately and handed over to the itinerant waste-collectors or kabariwala from time to time.
B) E-waste Management
The College has an annual contract with Maple Technologies for regular maintenance of all computers in College, Office and Library and to reduce ewaste. Computers are upgraded regularly. E-wastes are preserved separately to avoid environmental hazards and the college occasionally goes for exchange offer with Maple Technologies for outdated machines.

Other Green Practices
The College periodically organizes different events and awareness programmes in order to make the students and staff aware of the importance of preservation of the natural environment.
Vriksharopan
Vriksharopan or a ceremonial planting of saplings is held in the College campus every year to create a carbon neutral atmosphere, as well as to instill a sense of environmental consciousness among the students.
The Medicinal Herbarium
Herbs like Tulsi, Bhringraj, Turmeric, Calendula, Indian Aloe Vera are grown in the medicinal herbarium of the campus – a special patch allotted solely for medicinal plants and herbs. Recently, this patch has been put under the supervision and care of the NSS wing of the college, aiming for greater student involvement in growing and maintaining medicinal plants.

Some Sensitization Programmes carried out in the past years:
A UGC sponsored state-level seminar on Environment, ‘Contested Spaces’ was organized by the College on 14th March, 2015. The students, guided by faculty members, put up well-researched and thought-provoking poster presentations as part of this state-level event.
In July 2017 an awareness programme was organized by the College, where Smt. Amrita Pramanik, Head of the Department, Geography, talked extensively on different kinds of environmental pollution and possible ways to rectify them.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, a programme titled ‘Plastic Pollution and the Future’ was held in August 2019 for students and faculty of the College. Causes and effects of plastic pollution, its hazardous impact on the global environment and possible remedies were elaborately discussed in this event.
A students’ workshop on Plastic Pollution was held on 29th September, 2019. Environment activist Smt. Somasree Basu facilitated the interactive workshop, which focused primarily on ways of preventing plastic waste.

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