Sunday, April 25, 2010

Delhi kids knowing about green buildings the Swiss way!

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) Students of Delhi are all set to 'go green' this scorching summer and apply their minds in saving their planet from global warming.

In an effort to motivate students to save resources in times of energy crisis, Switzerland Embassy is holding workshops all around the city creating awareness about green buildings, along with other things.

Organised in 10 Kendriya Vidyalayas across Delhi, the project is a part of the two nations' endeavours to enhance their bilateral relations.

''Out of the many challenges and concerns facing the modern world, the three major concerns which require our immediate attention are Global Warming, Resource Depletion and Energy Crisis. Switzerland is one of those countries which have implemented the concept of green buildings and so it thought of sharing it with the
children here,'' Arthur Mattli, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, said today.

The workshops include sessions on green buildings, health and nutrition. A session on general awareness about Switzerland would also be organised at the end of every workshop.

''Looking at the response of both teachers and students, we are thinking of taking it further to July as it is helping them in enriching their knowledge and doing good both for the society and themselves,'' Dr Sachikant, Deputy Commissioner, Training, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, told UNI.

He further said the European country should diversify this movement in India, especially in the field of education.

This project has been organised by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in support with Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Greentech Knowledge Solutions Pvt Ltd and Nestle have been assisting the two in project application.

''Green building is a holistic approach to minimise the overall usage of resources and energy over the life span of the buildings. They are important for India because India is in amidst of construction boom which is projected to last for several decades,'' Dheeraj Lalchandani from Greentech said.

Mr Lalchandani and his colleague Kanagraj have been holding the sessions on such buildings with the students while Ishita kapoor was the resource person from Nestle for the session on nutrition.

At the end of the workshop, students are provided with an assigment so that they can apply the knowledge gained in the sessions into the practical world.

''They are required to complete the assignment during summer break and present their work in the form of a powerpoint presentation after the schools reopen,'' Mr Lalchandani said.

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