World Environment Day 2017: A Session on Carpooling
Lift Kara De (LKD) is a carpooling initiative taken up by the enthusiastic residents of Whispering Palms Society in Kandivali, Mumbai. The group consists of about 256 carpoolers so far with numbers increasing every few months. Mr. Santosh Shetty, one of the key members of the Lift Kara De group had approached Ekonnect for calculating their individual/group emission reductions, fuel and money savings achieved so far from their ongoing carpooling activity. Ekonnect team members estimated these values based on the data received from the LKD group members which comprised of number of rides, distance travelled, number of individuals in a car, type of fuel and years of carpooling.
The results showcased that in a short duration of 5 years LKD members had achieved 1, 91,000 Kg of Carbon dioxide emission reductions.
Managing E-waste : Challenges and Opportunities
World Trade Centre, Mumbai in association with Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation organized a seminar on E-waste Management under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign.
The seminar brought together different stakeholders with the aim of imparting knowledge about E-waste Management in India and discuss both the challenges and opportunities.
GEOGRAPHIES OF CONSUMPTION: BOMBAY/ MUMBAI
Geographies of Consumption | Bombay/Mumbai, is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. Spanning over a year, it critically investigated the impact of consumption on natural resources in the city, and on human bodies, our ecosystems and cultures. Interspersed in the project are study groups, film screenings, public lectures, an annual symposia, and publication. The public art projects focus on urban consumption through the lens of Land, Water & Food.
‘NetZero Buildings-A Dream, Reality or Necessity?’ Lecture by Prasad Modak
Presentation on Leveraging on Sustainability by Dr. Prasad Modak, on Tuesday, 1st December 2015 at Pune.
Sustainability is currently the buzz word. While the concept is appealing, the challenges is how to put sustainability into practice and leverage to take its business advantage. There are a number of sustainability related initiatives taken up by the industries and have accrued benefits in saving resources, reducing emissions, meeting compliance proactively and addressing the business risks, especially across the supply chains. Sustainability has offen attracted investors. It has improved the access to export markets by meeting market based environmental and social standards and codes of conduct. Further, it has spurred innovations, reduced attrition of human resources and has helped build a value and brand to several companies. This seminar will provide a global outlook on the “sustainability advantage”. It will present some of the promising tools and processes that the Indian business could consider and discuss case studies from practice that would guide and inspire.
The website hosts a toolkit which is a repository of resources contributed by EMC, Griffith University and project partners.
The Programme will be as follows :
Registration & Tea
Welcome and Opening Remarks by Dr. Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General-MCCIA
Presentation by Dr. Prasad Modak on “Leveraging on Sustainability” and case studies
Vote of Thanks
There are no charges for participation. However, prior confirmation is desired.Please confirm your participation to :
Workshop on Waste to Resource Management, 30th November 2015 at the Ruby, Mumbai
The WASTE TO RESOURCES International Conference & Exhibition 2016
The WASTE TO RESOURCES International Conference & Exhibition 2016 is aimed at Waste Management Industry, Waste Management Experts, Technology providers, City Managers, Project Developers, Bankers and PE/VC Players.
Free Waste Management & Kitchen Garden Workshop
Our city is reeling under the humongous amount of 'waste' of all kinds generated by organisations, housing societies, every single citizen every single day! Almost all of this massive mounds of kacchhra finds it way to landfill. A huge amount is handled by the informal waste sector. None of these ways of disposing waste are solutions. Human health and the natural environment are adversely affected through this 'mismanagement'.
All is not lost.
The solutions are there. We just need to take them up. Our program for housing societies to manage waste through segregation, composting and recycling is being launched this Independence Day in one of the well known housing societies in Mumbai. Monisha Narke of RUR will be introducing the idea and process encouraging residents to participate in the program.
S.WAST.H meaning Health aims to train citizens to manage and dispose waste in a safe way. The aim is to become Zero-Waste Health-Positive.
See our poster for more details. This launch will be followed up by workshops in the coming weeks.
Carbon Footprint Calculation Program
On World Environment Day, 5th June 2015, Ekonnect organized a program on Climate Change & Carbon Footprint for a corporate in Mumbai.
It included calculating the personal carbon foot print of each of their employees as well as providing solutions to reduce the impact along with an exhibition using climate change related communication material including posters, booklets, fact sheets etc.
Our hope was to impart knowledge of the concept and significance of the carbon foot print to climate change in our city as evidenced by increasingly hotter summers (like the current one) among other unpredictable weather. Importantly sharing tips on how to reduce the footprint was integral to the program.
Immediate feedback and responses from employee ranged from very good initiative, there needs to be more like, show a short film next time, and appreciation for the unique and interactive conduct was received from all those who participated.
Four employees with the lowest four carbon footprints were felicitated and share their initiatives of leading a low-carbon lifestyle,
Write to us for more details and if you would like to do something similar in your organisation?
Click here to download the report.
Office of the Future
Green Purchasing Network India (GPNI) has initiated a study to understand perceptions of the ‘Office of the Future'. The objective is to develop a framework on the components that will shape offices in the future. Stakeholder opinion forms a crucial part of this development. Please feel free to express your thoughts on the following 8 questions which will take just two minutes of your time.
Wall Mural Painting Project by Swacch Harit Shivaji Park
A local active citizen's group called Swacch Harit Shivaji Park (Clean & Green Shivaji Park) kicked off a Wall Mural painting on the theme of Cleanliness and Environment. (Join their facebook groups: https://www.facebook.com/SwachHaritShivajiPark?fref=ts)
This theme is in line with the national campaign of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan initiated by the current government.
The idea is to spread awareness of cleanliness and the need to protect our natural environment, while making the surroundings bright, positive and cheerful!
Ekonnect is supporting Swach Harit Shivaji Park with this project! Artist Abha Bhagwat guided the painting. See Abha's fantastic work here: https://www.facebook.com/abha.bhagwat/photos