"This is the time not to know, but to do what we know, on the ground,” said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during her address at the awards ceremony of the Gobar Times Green Schools Programme, an initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment, on Saturday.
And that is exactly what the CSE attempts to achieve through the Green Schools Programme–to sensitise schools across the country about the need to protect the environment by managing water, air, land, energy and waste optimally.
On Saturday, 25 schools across the country that excelled in this objective in 2009 were felicitated in 37 categories.
The 20 national award winners included St George’s, Alaknanda; Ramjas School, Pusa Road; Salwan Public School (Morning), Old Rajinder Nagar; Salwan Public School, Gurgaon; Evergreen Public School, Vasundhara Enclave and the Pinnacle School, Panchsheel Enclave. Schools from eight other states were among the national winners.
Under the programme, schools prepare audit reports on their performance vis-a-vis environmental benchmarks.
Explained Sumita Dasgupta, who is coordinating the programme, “For instance, we urge schools to ensure optimal usage of drinking water. If they can maintain the government-recommended consumption of water, it is taken as a positive point. However, if the per capita consumption of water is above the limits prescribed, they get negative markings.”
This year, the awards ceremony was held in collaboration with the Delhi Government. Five thousand schools from across the country had vied for the national awards this year.