Green Audit - Royal College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mira Road
Royal College of Arts, Science, Commerce and Management, popularly known as Royal College is the only major higher education institute in Mira-Bhayandar. During the academic year 2017-18, a Green Audit of the College was carried out in collaboration with GreenLine.
Under this project, preliminary audits of Energy, Water, Solid Waste and Paper were conducted. Around 20 students, divided into smaller teams, were involved in this study. Each audit team was led by the teachers in-charge.
For the energy audit, the students compared the usage of electricity units with that of the previous year. They observed that more units were consumed as compared to the previous year. They also found out the cause of the increase in usage of units. The students then carried out an awareness campaign to reduce the excess use of electricity. The College administration took up the task of replacing old lights with LEDs, installation of Automatic Switch and Replacing computer screen with LED monitors to reduce electricity consumption.
For the water audit, the students calculated the average usage of water, using water bills and meter readings. They estimated that approximately 18.802 kl water was used daily. The ring-well in the college meets around 24% of the water need. They surveyed the total taps in the college and listed out leaking taps, which were repaired to stop water wastage. They experimented using flush bottles in the chemistry lab on a pilot basis, instead of tap water, to reduce excess wastage of water.
Through the paper audit, the students found out the amount of paper they use for one academic year. They observed that around 40 reams i.e. around 20,000 sheets were used in one academic year. It was observed that almost each department reuses one-sided paper and recycles the remaining. To reduce paper usage, the college has started conducting internal exams online, using email for departmental notices and work instead of paper, e-newsletter, etc.
The students also undertook composting and e-waste awareness and collection drive. Composting was done using natural method and adding bioculum to it. Collection of e-waste has gradually increased over the year. 227 kg of e-waste was given during the academic year 2017-18 to Eco-Reco, a certified e-waste recycler.
Other than this, the students conducted a biodiversity study of the college campus. 185 species of plants, 25 species of butterflies and 36 species of birds were identified. They calculated the carbon sequestration done by trees. It was calculated that the total amount of carbon sequestered by all the trees is 42866.16 lbs.