Green Team 2011-2012

“Going green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.
The world is constantly changing before our eyes. Technology has created advancements that we could never have imagined 20 years ago. But with many of the advancements have come negative changes to our environment like pollution and global warming that affect the way we live our lives.
In today’s environmentally conscious economy, sustainable environment friendly practices are imperative. Larger organizations like Schools companies, corporations, and government need to make systemic changes that will have a larger ripple effect throughout society.
Inventure Academy has the initiative and we are determined to make Inventure a waste free zone.
We roped in Eco slate, a facilitator of specialized education in the area of sustainability as an integrated life-skill. The climate change curriculum from grades 5 – 12 apart from classroom activities involved some hands on exciting projects like leaf mulching, composting, waste segregation &calculation and recording of our carbon footprint which involved both students & teachers.
Grade 5 stared learning about the process of mulching and creating an organic patch around Inventure. They also visited Kasa Rasa (Kasa means waste in Kannada; rasa, essence) waste processing plant, to learn about a process called Acrobic Composting, which takes 40 days for completion, air is pumped into the garbage, and this acts as a catalyst to the process of decomposition. Micro-organisms in food waste grow and multiply faster, and the material is converted into matter that can be recycled.
Grade 6 was involved with using the organic waste generated to produce Compost. We had Daily Dump install 4 manthans on the school premises + 12 “leave it pots.” The project turned out even bigger than we imagined. A daunting task as Inventure generates close to 40 kgs of organic waste on a daily basis. The 6th graders have played a very active role in educating themselves and the rest of the school staff and faculty on this process. They have successfully produced about 250Kg of compost which was sold at the school. The money generated is being used for the community outreach programme.
Grade 7 was involved in the creating a Butterfly garden. Students of this grade visited the butterfly garden in the Banneghatta zoo and learnt a great deal about the various species of butterflies and their natural habitats from the guest lectures arranged for them at the school. The students have identified the patch of land to be used at Inventure for the same and the project is in the planning stages.
Grade 8 was a part of the CMCA program, and will follow the eco slate curriculum from the following year.
Grade 9 Were involved with the waste management project around the school. They were the driving force behind the waste segregation and waste disposal at Inventure. Most of the waste generated was donated to organizations who utilized them for eco-friendly projects for example tetra packs were given to an organization called ‘ANU’ who created beautiful and functional products out of them. All plastic including wrappers, chips packets, polythene bags and all products like bottles cans etc that can be melted were sold to a company called KK Plastic that melts this plastic into Bitumen which in turn increases the life of Tar roads. Metal, newspaper & cardboard is being sold to the local area scrap dealer and the money was used for the community outreach Programme at Inventure.
All these projects not only provided exposure to a wide range of information regarding the environment but also offered firsthand experience of working with various issues posing a threat to our very existence. Now that Inventure has set the ball rolling in the years to come we only hope to do better in these areas and reduce our carbon footprint to a considerable extent.
Ekta Bhasin
Member of Green Team
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