Grass is Greener
Grass is Greener is a campus waste management programmed of the University in association with SUMMER88, an upcoming hospitality management company based in North East India.
What we aim?
Grass is Greener is dedicated to the development and empowerment of disadvantaged groups, especially rural and tribal families, through grassroots action, research, and education. The project aims to convert solid waste resources to scholarship. The project envisages to have a two-sided effect: to improve the local environment, and, at the same time, offer continuous scholarship to students from socially and economically disadvantaged groups by turning tons of garbage into university scholarship. As explained in UN’s SDG goals number 2, 13, 14 and 15, this campaign will impact climate action while nurturing the eco-system below water and over the land respectively. The scholarship amount raised through this campaign will also impact inclusive and quality education as envisioned in SDG goal numbers 4 and 5 with 50% reservation for women candidates. The project, which begins at the University campuses is envisaged to gradually spread among the villages surrounding the University campuses and other educational institutions in Assam.
Who are the Stakeholders?
Community participation in Grass is Greener is the key to a sustainable and integrated project. The campaign aims to involve all departments in the university to participate and actively contribute to the project, hence resulting in creating a feeling of ownership for the project among the students, whose waste is managed and whose local environment is improved by the project.
The activities listed below will be initiated by all the departments in the University:
- Collection of waste cloths and shoes and distribute it to the poor people. (Cloth Bank)
- Collection of Kitchen waste materials that can be given to the poor people. (Nearby villagers)
- Donate to food banks or feeding organizations.
- Recycling used lemons to pickles and distribute to needy community.
- Educate and aware people about the reuse reduce and recycle of waste.
- Educate poor children about the environmental conflicts on using conventional pads and then highlight on the adv. Of menstrual caps
- Eat right campus
- Reuse old books by providing it to needy children
- Awareness on cleanliness and clean environment.
- Educate people on water waste:
- Volunteer to distribute drinkable water in vulnerable communities.
- Organize a river clean up.
- Installation of solar panels in the university for water heating, nighttime lighting etc. and make your university more sustainable.
- Collection of used batteries and recycle them.
- Collection of animal waste for cooking and heating
- Use of eco-bags over plastics.
- Set up bins to separate the trash in your university or house.
- Once in a year, faculty and non-teaching staff should use public transport instead of private transport.
- Campaigns on plastic usage. Run a campaign about the effects of wrong plastic disposal for rivers and lakes
- Making of bamboo baskets and distribute it to the villages.
- Awareness society about the waste and raise fund for scholarships.
- Plant a tree