Pedro Loyo// Gujarat: Environment audit charts way for greener M S University - EntornoInteligente /

VADODARA : For the first time, a university campus in Gujarat has finished environmental audit. M S University (MSU) has finished green audit of its widespread main campus and 11 satellite campuses located in the city and its surroundings. The green audit will act as a base for all futuristic planning of the university and also help in reduction of its carbon footprint. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which assess and accredits higher education institutes in the country, has made it mandatory for all higher educational institutions to submit an annual green audit report. “The report carries 10 credit points in the NAAC rating. As we have prepared the green audit report, we expect our rating to improve,” said N K Ojha, in-charge registrar of the MSU. “We have already started taking carbon footprint reduction measures like installing roof top solar panels at major buildings, shifting towards energy efficient fixtures, post occupancy waste management system and rainwater harvesting system,” said Ojha, the green auditor who led the green audit assessment team of the university that had started its work on March 1. With the report as the base, the MSU will soon complete water audit, energy audit, green mapping and green transportation projects. “Since we have calculated the quantum of water that we are utilizing on the campus per day, the water audit report will follow. Through this audit, we will come to the conclusion on whether we are utilizing water as per the norms laid by National Building Code, GRIHA, IGBC,” said Ojha. The environmental audit has revealed nearly 90 lakh water with just one inch of rainfall goes waste on the campus. The university will try to reduce water consumption by 20% to 30 %. “It won’t be practically possible to harvest the entire rainwater. But we will try and adopt methods through which minimum of storm water flows out of campus. This will also reduce the load on storm water drains in the city,” he said.

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