Environmental Club

The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College aims to create awareness on various environmental issues that are rampant today. Unless environmental issues are solved or taken care of, the future generations may find earth not worth living. There is no denying the fact that environment has to be protected and conserved so as to make our future life possible. The Environment Club strives to make the students conscious of their responsibilities towards the environment and practice the principles of reduction, reuse and recycling of resources. The Environment Club instigates a sense of responsibility for the environment and a personal commitment to protect and preserve the environment among the youth.

Environmental Club Committee Members
Ms. Priya Josson Akkara
Dr. Indira M N
Dr. Sangeetha Menon
Ms. Shruthi Rose
Ms. Sneha Suresh
Ms. Shanthi Joseph
Ms. Soumya K
Ms. Varly Luthra
Dr. Vinoth B

Commemoration of World Biofuel Day 2021
World Biofuel Day is observed on August 10 and the day is set aside to raise awareness about unconventional fuel sources that can serve as an alternative to the more traditional fossil fuels. The emphasis is on the usage of non-fossil fuels or biofuels that enable cleaner consumption patterns.

An extension activity to share knowledge on biogas plant, installation and working was organized with the teachers Mrs. Neeraja Sharma and Mr. Prashanth of Vishwa Vidyapeeth School. The teachers were greeted and briefed about the college by Dr. Calistus Jude, Dean, Faculty of Sciences. The teachers took a video of the demonstration on working of Biogas plant and shared it with the high school students of Vishwa Vidyapeeth School, Honnenahalli, Bangalore on August 10, 2021 to spread awareness on non-fossil fuels. Mrs. Priya Josson, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences and Coordinator of Environment Club explained the working of Biogas plant and green practices in Kristu Jayanti College. Dr. Hanumantappa B Nayaka, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences explained about setting up of vermicompost plant and the process of recycling waste. A walk through the Medicinal garden and awareness on the need to preserve biodiversity was emphasized.

The students of Vishwa Vidyapeeth School prepared a beautiful handwritten creative art message as a token of their love to Principal Fr. Augustine George who spread the message of inculcating environment consciousness and sustainability amongst students.

International Plastic Bag Free Day
International Plastic Bag Free Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the very real and pressing issues of plastic pollution. We need to think it through when using plastic bags in regard to what it does to our environment and how it will wreak havoc in the coming years.

Kristu Jayanti College is aiming at a plastic free campus which is being implemented in a phased manner. We have already started the process. It is our individual responsibility to take alternate measures to avoid plastic and save the earth from the hazards of plastic pollution. International Plastic Free Day was commemorated in Kristu Jayanti College by the Environment Club through the following activities

  • Students and faculty posted their resolution on International Plastic Free Day on Instagram/ Facebook/ Twitter/ status in whatsapp.
  • Students and faculty made a 20 seconds video on your ideas in making the environment plastic bag free and shared in known whatsapp groups.
  • Students and staff to support the college in its no plastic initiative- Carry your food, water in ecofriendly containers and bags to college. Never carry plastic bags to campus
  • Students and staff to be part of the initiative by participating in pledge taking ceremony to make our campus and environment plastic free.

Fr. Emmanuel P J, Director Kristu Jayanti College of Law and faculty Dept.of Psychology gave an inspiring message on how each and every small initiative by each one of us can make a huge difference in making a plastic free world through a short story. The International Plastic Bag Free Day was commemorated in the online mode where students and faculty participated to take the pledge which was led by Fr. Emmanuel P J. As the pledge was taken, all took a resolution to try to cut plastic from our everyday life and make our environment plastic free. Mrs. Priya Josson, Coordinator, Environment Club quoted that plastic pollution free world is not a choice but a commitment to life - a commitment to the next generation

We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

“Build Your Micro Terrarium” Competition in Commemoration of World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action to improve and conserve our environment. This year the theme for World Environment Day is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore”. The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College, in commemoration of World Environment organized an Intra-collegiate Event “Build your Micro Terrarium” for the students and faculties of the college Day from 1st June to 5th June 2021.

Micro Terrariums are stackable little Ecosystems that add Nature to your desk. The transparent terrarium is designed as a tiny greenhouse that retains moisture. The concept of micro terrarium is to initiate a small ecosystem at our home and workplace. The competition was open to all Jayantians including faculty and students who actively participated and uploaded their beautifully created micro terraria. There were 43 participants from all departments who came up with innovative ideas and techniques of building micro terrariums. The micro terrarium were soothing to eyes and relaxing for the mind.

Grow Your Own Garden Intra-collegiate Competition
Plants support a whole world of creatures in the soil, that in return feed and protect the plants. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile. Because of natural calamities and destructive acts by humans, the biodiversity is depleting. It is therefore imperative to adopt sustainable methods to preserve and replenish nature. The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College, organized an Intra-collegiate Event “Grow Your Own Garden” for the students of the college in commemoration of Sustainability Day and Soil Day from 11th November to 10th December 2020. The duration of the event was for four weeks where the students were required to grow their own herbal garden staring from a young seedling/ seed.

The completion was very challenging as the activity had to be monitored through the four weeks taking care to nourish the young plants and periodically take pictures and record the growth pattern. There were about 10 participants from all programs of study. It was quiet pleasant to see more number of male students participate in the contest. The students had displayed their innovative ideas and techniques of growing plants in a sustainable and eco- friendly manner.

Poster Designing Competition
Energy efficiency refers to a method of reducing energy consumption by using less energy to attain the same amount of useful output. To highlight the importance of efficient use of energy and its conservation for a brighter future, the Environment Club organized a Poster Designing Competition on the theme “Conserve Energy Today, Produce Energy Tomorrow” in commemoration of Energy Efficiency Day between 22nd to 29th October 2020. The main objective of the event was to enhance students' knowledge of their creative streak to express their ideas using the colors of imagination. Students had to make handmade posters with a tagline based on the theme of the competition. Total of thirty entries were received for the poster competition. The posters were promoted through twitter handle of the college by the students and likes, shares and comments were encouraged for the posters. The likes, shares and comments were calculated for points and five best posters were selected and announced on KJC Twitter account on 5th Nov 2020.This activity kept the students engaged by exploring and encouraging creativity among the students. It also gave students a platform to showcase their skills and inspired them to think and work creatively to promote artistic excellence. The creativity & innovative ideas to resolve the particular issue were artistically presented and captured through posters. The artistic endeavor of the students was highly praised. Winners & participants were awarded with certificates.

Home Composting: Enriching the soil naturally
World Waste Monitoring Day, September 2020

A practical online workshop cum webinar on Zoom platform was organised by the Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) on Saturday, 26th September 2020. The session was delivered by the resource person of the day Mr. Vasuki Iyengar. The session was attended by faculty and students of Kristu Jayanti College. The inaugural address was rendered by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel P.J., Director, Kristu Jayanti College of Law, Faculty, Director, Jayantian Extension Services & Jayantian Alumni Association.

Mr. Vasuki Iyengar explained the need to manage garbage and how it is related to soil health to human health. He demonstrated various useful practices that will help in reducing the impact we have on waste accumulation in our environment. He highlighted the need to refuse, reduce and reuse single-use plastic materials including disposable utensils, bags, containers etc. He explained the process of waste segregation which is widely practiced in Bangalore and showed how the wet waste can be used in creating compost at home. Mr.Vasuki also explained different composting methods including zero cost option and minimal cost option and demonstrated garden composting methods and DIY composting. He highlighted the need to switch to using bio-enzymes as natural cleaners instead of chemical ones. The students were encouraged to take this activity as a project or an assignment which could be included as part of internal assessment.

  • MoU was signed with International Institute of Waste Management on 01/08/2019 , for consultancy on waste management, water management and green campus.
  • Environment Club in collaboration with Center for Social Activities of Kristu Jayanti College organized ‘Jalshakthi Abhiyaan’ (rainwater harvesting) on 12/09/2019. Prof. Vishwanath Srikantaiah, Adjunct Professor, Azim Premji University was the chief guest who enlightened the students about the excessive misuse of water resources especially ground water due to the excessive increase in surplus population, food grain production and electricity generation. Prof. Srikantaiah brought into focus the need to revive or rejuvenate wells, borewells to conserve water.
  • Environment Club and the Department of Life Sciences of Kristu Jayanti College is organizing the 7th National Green India Essay Competition, 2019 on the topic “Gen Y’s Solutions to Water Conservation”. This competition will provide an opportunity for the students to think originally from a non-conventional point of view and provide valid solutions in managing the water resources and its use. The participants will be instigated with a sense of commitment to protect and preserve water.
  • Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) has successfully been rated as a Green Campus and secured the ‘GOLD RATING’ as per the certification criteria on Oct 10, 2019
  • 1. Green auditing, was conducted by the Environment Club in collaboration with Department of Life Sciences from July 18- September 1. It was aimed to improve the standard operating procedures and efficiency of instruments and equipments, to analyse whether we are performing in accordance with relevant rules and regulations and to determine a way in which we can lower the usage of energy, reducing the cost and thereby add to the revenue. The green audit also helped in assessing the total energy consumption thereby helping to take up measures to save energy.
  • 2. 6th National Level ‘GREEN INDIA’ essay competition, was announced by Environment Club in collaboration with Department of Life Sciences on October 2018. The theme of the essay was “My solutions to Global Warming “.The aim of the competition was to sensitize the young minds on environmental issues and to come out with practical solutions to tackle the issue in their region.Good response was received from different states in India and abroad with innovative suggestions to reduce global warming.The results were announced on January 9, 2019.
  • 3. Environmental awareness programme was held on Dec 20, 2018. The importance of saving our mother planet was shared to the students at quadrangle by thematic dance. Awareness was made to stop usage of plastic and Jayantians pledged to stop using plastics in all spheres of life.
  • 4. Medicinal plant garden was maintained by the environment club. Volunteers identified botanical names, relabeled plants and trees in the campus and documented medicinal uses and botanical names of fauna and flora of college campus during July1-December 20, 2018.Volunteers of environment club on rotation basis maintain the medicinal garden throughout the year.
  • 5. Continual monitoring of usage of electricity and water in college was done by environment club volunteers working in batches in different wings of college to ensure switching off of lights, fans and other electrical instruments, closing of taps in washrooms, repair of leaky taps and disposal of wastes in the specific waste bins on a regular basis from July 1, 2018-Dec 20, 2018.
  • "Clean and Green India" on September 14, 2017. The talk was held as one of the many activities under the 'Swacchata Pakhwada' programme
  • ‘Self or sustainability’ was organized on September 21, 2017 .
  • Proper usage of water, electricity and waste disposal on a rotation basis in the college campus as a green initiative.
  • The 5th National green India Essay competition was organized in the month of October.The results were published on January 6th, 2018. 78 particiants from 14 different colleges participated and they were felicitated with cash prizes and certificates on January 22, 2018
  • Awareness programme through skits and dance and posters in the quadrangle
  • Poster competition for all the Under Graduate students on 23rd February 2017
  • Creatrix-Exhibition was organised in association with emphasis on waste management on 20/12/2016
  • E-waste management drive was organized in collaboration with Centre for Social Activities (CSA) during 3rd, 4th & 5th August 2015 to sensitize the student community on the awareness of E-waste disposal and recycling.
  • A MoU has been signed with ITC Ltd for recycling of paper waste in August 2015. The college was appreciated for contributing 1902 Kgs of Paper for recycling and saved 48 trees.
  • Creatrix-Exhibition on waste management
  • Awareness programme for all the Under Graduate students, as part of Environment education programme on 27th August 2014. Ms. Itika Singh, from Daily dump organization Bangalore, delivered lecture and hands-on-training on ecofriendly management of wastes generated at home, college and office.
  • 4th National level Green India essay competition on the topic Green Governance on January 2015.
  • Environmental Science Club (ESC) organized various activities in spreading awareness in preserving environment.
  • Exhibition ‘SADUPAYOGAM’ on 21st March 2014, that revealed students’ creativity in converting ‘trash to art’
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