The activities undertaken in this functional area are presented under three sub categories namely
Dr. Nimala Padmanabhan, faculty in-charge of Bhoomitra Sena club is conducting a research on “Role of the Local Governments in Solid, Liquid Waste Management and Environment Protection-A Study of Panchayats in Kerala”. This project is supported by the Kerala Local Government and Service Delivery Project (KLGSDP), funded by the World Bank and undertaken by the Decentralization Analysis Cell (DAC), Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, Thiruvananthapuram. Studies have been conducted in Nenmeni Panchayat in Wayanad, Marutharod Panchayat in Palakkad,
Ezhikkara Panchayat in Ernakulam, Kanjiramkulam Panchayat in Thiruvananthapuram.
Waste audit was conducted in Marutharode Panchayat,
Palakkad District from 27th to 29th July 2015 covering 239 households and institutions wherein solid waste generated by these units were collected, sorted and measured to estimate the quantum of the issue in rural areas, examine source of generation, composition of waste and characteristics of waste such as calorific value, bulk density etc. Such information is crucial for designing an effective managemmet strategy
Waste audit was also conducted in Nenmeni Panchayat,
Wayanad District from 17th to 19th October 2015 covering 236 households and institutions.
Dr. Nirmala Padmanabhan, faculty in-charge of Bhoomitra Sena club is currently part of a State level committee formulating policy for solid waste management in Kerala
Bhoomitram Sanchi was designed as a part of “Ezhazhakilekku Ezhikkara” project. Bhoomithram Sanchi is a cloth bag made from old clothes. The objective is to make the use of bhoomithram sanchis a fashion among all the students of St. Teresa’s College and other educational institutions in Ernakulam district, thereby reducing the volume of non recyclable plastic waste being generated in Kochi city at present. We propose to train as many Kudumbasree members as possible in stitching these bags and popularising its use among various segments of society such as students, residents associations etc. The key objective is to promote the basic principles of waste management such as recycling of old textiles, resource recovery from non-biodegradable clothes and reduction of plastic waste. Such plastic carry bag substitute cum material resource recovery campaigns have been organized in nearly 17 sessions both within and outside the college and covering five districts of Alleppey, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Trichur and Palakkad
A key strategy in this campaign is to a) train Kudumbasree members in stitching bhoomithram bags and b) encourage people to stitch and use them as alternatives to plastic carry bags. A key partner in this campaign is Darshana Kudumbasree – a unit of cochin corporation’s anti poverty unit which is located at Kaloor. Students of Women’s Studies Centre of St. Teresa’s designed and trained members of this Kudumbasree unit who in turn are currently functioning as resource persons for various training sessions organized by the college.
Awareness outside the campus
Awareness classes were conducted by the Bhoomitra Sena members in 10 higher secondary schools:
1.)One day workshop at Paravoor Block Panchayat Office, 28th April 2015 – Kudumbasree members from different wards of Paravur Block Panchayat were given training for making Bhoomithram Sanchi.
2).One day workshop At Pottakuzhy( Kaloor ) on 6th May 2015-for giving training to Kudumbasree members on bag making
3).Introduction of Bhoomithram Sanchi to Jawahar Nagar – May 6, 2015
4).One day workshop at Vimalalayam on 25th May 2015
5). Awareness Campaign In Jawahar Nagar On Need To Reduce Plastic Carry Bags-15 May To 31 May 2015
6).Training in making Bhoomithram Sanchi for NSS volunteers from various colleges in MG University (June 5th ,2015)
7).Workshops for imparting training on stitching Bhoomithram sanchis were held for various Kudumbasree members/ students groups in various districts in Kerala. Training sessions were organized in
Many action projects were conducted both within the campus and outside
On 9th February 2016, Bhoomitra Sena club in association with NSS unit of St. Teresa’s college organized an awareness program on the health hazards caused due to E-waste. The program was inaugurated by Adv. Minimol health Standing Chairperson, Cochin Corporation. Kabeer B Haroon, MD Clean Kerala Company Ltd spoke about E-waste and the health hazards caused due to it.
ACTION PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE CAMPUS
The project aims at encouraging households in Ezhikkara Panchayat in Ernakulam district to implement segregation of solid waste and hand over plastic waste for recycling and safe disposal in the place of the practice of burning it, throwing it in soil or disposing into the nearby backwaters. The project which was started last year among 400 households inward 7 of Ezhikkara Panchayat was extended toward around 390 households in ward 10. BMC members conducted several awareness classes as a part of this project, and consequent to this plastic waste is being segregated by households, collected by Kudumbasree members and handed over to CREDAI Clean City Movement (CCCM) for recycling.
“The best way of spreading idea of energy conservation is through awareness”
“Urjakiran 2015 -2016”
“Urjakiran 2015-16”, Energy Conservation And Awareness Campaign (ECAC)
Bhoomitra Sena club in collaboration with the Physics department and Energy Management Centre, Kerala started a green initiative “Urjakiran 2015-16” an energy conservation and awareness campaign (ECAC). The project aims to promote the use of LED lamps to save energy.
“Urjakiran 2015 -2016”- Workshop
A workshop on manufacture of LED Bulbs titled ‘Energy Conservation through LED bulbs’ was held by Jael George Mathew and team on 19th January 2016 at St. Teresa’s college.
“Urja-Kiran 2015 -2016”- Training
Seeing newspaper reports of Urja kiran program held in St. Teresa’s College, Urja PTA members of Govt LP school, Arukutty, Cherthala requested assistance in training to facilitate manufacture and distribution of 1000 led bulbs in their locality . The Urja Kiran team organized a capability enhancement training program for the same.