Apart from imparting quality education at Choithram International it is a constant endeavour to ensure holistic development of learners along with development of 21st century skills and service to the community has initiated Green School Programme. Right from schools’ inception years Green School Policy was in place under the guidance of Visionary Head Mr. Dilip Vasu. Celebration of birthdays by gifting saplings, ban of polyethene bags, chocolates, chips and any form of packaging material are some key rules engraved deeply in the minds of all stake holders.
School has been running its green Programme under the five sustainability parameters- Air, water, waste, land and Energy. As per the Green School Developmental Plan of CI , target is to reduce 10-15 % of carbon footprint every year. With this vision the GSP core team first did audit of school carbon footprint on the above parameters. Audit reports were very encouraging and under every parameter school scored in the range of 75-85% with the carbon footprint scores of paper parameter being least, which was well aligned with HOS vision of paperless school with digital classrooms and Cambridge E books assessment system. A well-crafted mitigation plan was implemented which included plethora of activities like – E waste collection drives, recycling of food waste, mulching, drip irrigation, herbal garden, carpool rally, Flash mobs to stop food waste, installation of air monitoring device, plantation drive, connect classroom programme with Hawaii school, Hands on sustainability games, Microsoft toolkits on environment, adopting fox at Indore zoo, conserving biodiversity , clean river campaign, Biomimickry, etc.-. Well defined waste management plan along with installation of solar panels, water recycling unit and rain harvesting system further strongly helped to mitigate and thereby decrease carbon footprint in the current academic year.
The school plan to further mitigate and reduce carbon footprint is in place and will be implemented in the upcoming session with Primary years and middle years programme.
School has received support from various organization in its journey of GSP and has collaborated with various reputed organizations and authorized bodies to accomplish its vision of sustainable school and community.
CI is the only school of Madhya Pradesh to be part of Global Network of sustainable school. Around 35 teacher educators at CI has cleared Algore climate Reality Sustainability trainer certificate course and CI is the first school of M.P to be declared as centre of Algore climate Reality Project in M.P which was initiated by Former U.S Vice President Mr. Algore.
CI has also been declared as nodal point in M.P for Green Schools Audit programme run by Centre for science and environment, New Delhi and E waste collection point. As nodal point school has been handholding prominent schools of Indore helping them become Sustainable Green School . various workshops and seminars are conducted across Indore with regard to spread the message of sustainable living. A mega event in the form of street Festival – Raahgiri Day is to be organized on theme of environment by Choithram International in association with collectors office, and Indore Municipal Corporation so as to take up the message strongly at community level.