Work Overview

The current performance of cities is poor across key indicators of quality of life. A sector report by McKinsey (2010) indicates substantial shortfalls in clean water supply and management,solid waste management, public transportation and affordable and liveable housing supply. By 2030, 250 million people will be added to the urban population, who will require 700-900 million square meters of new residential and commercial space (Census 2011; McKinsey Global Institute, 2010.

On current trends, quality of habitat is going to deteriorate even further and the service gap will increase by three to four times.Further, the economic and environmental costs of such scenario are going to be extremely high.

SE’s programme on Sustainable Buildings and Habitat 



video Traditional Cooling methods in Modern buildings | The Cooling Web | DTE Call For Action

The world is experiencing record-breaking temperatures. July 2023 was recorded as the hottest month globally; in March 2023 India received its first heatwave of the year; and the World Meteorological Organisation predicts there will be even hotter times in the next five years.

video Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute is one of the greenest campuses in India

The Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute is one of the greenest campuses in India. It is located about three hours from Delhi, in a village called Neemli in Alwar district of Rajasthan.



CSE sets a pilot vermicomposting project at CPWD under Green Campus Initiative

As part of the Green Campus initiative, CSE has set up a pilot vermicomposting project at the National CPWD Academy on 25 November 2019. CSE invited Vermi-technology expert Dr. Adarsh Pal Vig from the Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences at Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar to deliver a seminar and set up the pilot.


India Cooling Action Plan

CSE contributed to drafting of India Cooling Action Plan in capacity of member to both technical and steering committees.


Going green with CSE

CSE sensitized and trained around 250 representatives from nation-wide colleges and universities on CSE’s Green Campus Initiative which enabled them to benchmark the performance of their camp


CSE and CPWD knowledge partners for long term sustainable development and practice

CSE’s engagement with CPWD has matured from capacity building to along-term knowledge partnership.