New Delhi, January 30, 2023: One hundred ninety-nine schools from across India were certified ‘green’ at Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) annual Green Schools Awards here today, with 20 of them topping their respective categories for their outstanding efforts in making their campuses environment-friendly and their students, environment-conscious.
These awards are conferred every year by CSE’s Green Schools Programme, a 19-year-old initiative that helps schools and their students conduct a rigorous in-campus environmental audit to measure the efficacy of resource management and green practices in the school. Schools take ownership of their green journey through self-conducted audits with CSE’s guidance.
Speaking on the occasion, CSE director general Sunita Narain said: “CSE’s Green School Programme is a laboratory of practice. The objective is to educate the young throughtheir actions – they walk the talk to understand sustainability.We believe that we learn best when we implement our ideas; when we measure what we have doneand we set goals for what needs to be done next. This is what the Green Schools Programme is about.”
Among those who handed out the awards – besides Narain – were Sanjay Kumar, secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Union Ministry of Education; Julia Marton-Lefevre, former Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); and Joyce Poan, Programme Specialist and Chief of Education, UNESCO-India.
Over 5,300 schools from 29 states and Union territories vied for the honours; 20 of these received the top awards, and 199 were tagged as ‘green’. Of all the schools that participated in the audit, government schools held the crown with 93 per cent submissions, followed by private schools at 6 per cent and government-aided schools at 1 per cent.
Apart from the schools, awards were also conferred on the most proactive teachers. Punjab wonthe "best state" and "best district" prizes for its leadership in fostering a culture of environmental consciousness.
GSP helps schools assess their use of resources and map their consumption and wastage across six key subject areas -- air, energy, food, land, water and waste. Says Tushita Rawat, programme manager, environment education, CSE: “The Programme uses an analytics platform to track the environmental performance of schools. Over 600 data points are collected, which provide quantifiable environmental impacts within and around the school campus.”
Says Souparno Banerjee, senior director, environment education, CSE: “The unique aspect of this programme is the opportunity that it affords schools to measure their progress year on year and improve their ranking.”
THE 2023-24 AWARDS
Best State and District: Punjab bagged the award for the Best State by setting the bar with the highest audit registrations and report submissions.4734schools from the state submitted their audit reports – 70 were rated ‘green’. Sangrur in Punjabbagged the Best District Award with 503 submissions.
Changemaker Awards: The Changemaker Awards are given to schools which improve their sustainability rating to green by monitoring and improving their practices over the year. The two awardees in this category are:
Sterling Schools Awards: Schools that have been rated ‘green’ for five or more consecutive years:
Best Newcomer: Schools that have recently registered to be a part of the programme and have demonstrated considerable potential in managing their natural resources.
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Best in Section: Schools that have performed exceptionally in specific sections.
What it means to be a Green School?
A Green School is a resource-efficient school that meets the following criteria:
To reach the GSP team at CSE or know more about the awards, please contact Sukanya Nair of The CSE Media Resource Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 88168 18864.