School’s holistic approach to water conservation sets a benchmark for sustainable practices in education sector
New Delhi, 26th April 2023: In recognition of its outstanding water conservation efforts, Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram has been awarded the “Best Water Management School” by The Water Digest- India’s premier water magazine. The Water Digest Water Awards 2022-23 were presented this year by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in partnership with UNESCO. The Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon received the award in the presence of the Hon’ble Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of Jal Shakti.
Shiv Nadar School’s commitment to water conservation and sustainable practices is proven by its various initiatives. To begin with, the school has installed an R.O. plant with a dual UV system, multi-graded filters, and an activated carbon filter to maintain water quality. As part of its effective water management, daily checks and quarterly checks by a third party are conducted to ensure water quality. Moreover, accredited lab surprise checks are also conducted twice a year. The school does not allow water stagnation and uses a hydro-pneumatic system to ensure the same. An effective maintenance plan is also in place to avoid any leakages, and infrastructure maintenance is done regularly.
The school has also implemented water conservation practices to minimise wastage. To engage students, workshops are conducted for young learners on water wastage. As part of the capstone projects, one of the students’ innovations was Force Fluid, a device some Grade 10 students developed to avoid R.O. water wastage.
Dual flushing systems and automatic turning-off taps are installed in all washrooms to avoid water wastage. Native plants, such as Molshree, Kadam, Champa, Panda, and Sehjan, that require less water are planted around the campus.
The school reuses 10 lakh litres of water every month through the STP plant. Rainwater run-off and any other run-off water are recharged back to earth through rainwater harvesting.
Monica Sagar, Director-Principal, Shiv Nadar School, expressed her pride in receiving the ‘Best Water Management School’ award by The Water Digest. She said, “Water is one of the most crucial natural resources humankind needs. At Shiv Nadar School, we believe we are responsible for conserving natural resources and promoting sustainable practices. This award is a testament to our efforts towards achieving environmental sustainability. I would like to extend my appreciation to Col Sandeep and his team for their unwavering commitment to carrying out our trustees’ vision of a green planet. Their dedication has been instrumental in helping us achieve this recognition.”
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About Shiv Nadar School:
The Shiv Nadar School is a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education to deliver educational excellence and provide “Education for Life”. With three campuses in the NCR and one in Chennai, Shiv Nadar School provides students with an environment that challenges them to discover their talent and skills while aiming to nurture ethical, respectful, happy, and purposeful citizens of society. 5464 students and their parents, along with a team of around 900 educators, are a part of the Shiv Nadar School family.
About Shiv Nadar Foundation:
Established in 1994, by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a US$12.3 billion leading global technology enterprise, the Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education, and to bridge the socio-economic divide. Over the last 27 years the Foundation, has directly touched the lives of over 36,000 alumni and students through its marquee institutions in literacy, K12 and higher education. Today, the Foundation has a community of over 100,000 constituents, which includes not only globally dispersed alumni and students but also faculty members, corporate executives, and extended families.
The Foundation has invested over US$1.1 billion in its seven landmark institutions and initiatives across education and art. Currently close to 14,000 students and over 2,000 faculty are part of the Foundation along with more than 22,000 strong globally dispersed alumni community.
The Foundation’s students have gone to study at some of the best institutions globally including the Ivy League in the US and top universities in other countries including Australia, Singapore, China and UK. Students are also working in major corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Honda, HP, Schindler, and several others both in India and across other geographies. Faculty across the Foundation institutions are drawn from the best Indian and international universities, with a strong focus on research and innovation.
The Shiv Nadar Foundation pursues the philosophy of ‘Creative Philanthropy’. It is a powerful model which envisages creation of institutions that are built to last and continue to impact future generations. It is an approach that allows sustained institutionalized philanthropy for long-term, high impact, socio-economic transformation.
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