Bar-Camp 6 Experience:

~Gyalpo

I and Ankit attended Bar-Camp 6, on 11 Oct 2009. We gave a presentation on “India’s stand on climate change and role of sustainable campuses”. We chose this topic keeping in view  COP15 meeting to be held in Copenhagen in December, 2009. The importance of this meeting can be ascertained by the very fact that scientists and leaders have recognized COP15 as the last chance for countries to agree on climate change mitigation and adaptation accord before climate change takes charge and become the ultimate devastating experience ever seen by Humanity.

The presentation mainly explains India’s position on climate change that is to be presented in COP15 and arguments underlying Indian Stand.

We believe, top-down approaches like COP15, policies and accords should be complimented by a simultaneous bottom-up approach by involving people on individual level.

Earth club, IIT Bombay envisages sensitizing the students of today and leaders of tomorrow towards the issue of sustainability and environment by creating a chain of sustainability students clubs in various institutional campuses in India.

If your campus is working in sustainability and would like to join hands with us, write to us at: earthclubiitb@gmail.com.

Find the presentation here India’s_Stand_On_Climate_Change[1]-1[1]

October 26, 2009. Tags: , , , . environment, Event, IIT Bombay, Sustainibility, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

E-waste Management: IIT Bombay going green

E-waste Management: IIT Bombay going green

~Gyalpo, Shalini

IIT Bombay being a technology institute procures and disposes a huge amount of electronic items every year. The computer desktops and allied accessories, which form a major chunk, & other electronic wastes such as discarded CD-ROMs, printer cartages and so on, are being disposed-off amounting upto 1000 tons or more annually.

These electronic wastes or commonly known as e-wastes, primarily generate from the Computer Centre, the Administration section, and other Departments. The electronic equipments used in the departmental labs also add to the e-waste volumes disposed. To add on, the frequent hardware up-gradations in the market propel the departments to phase-off the older, yet in working conditions, for the latest hardware. The obsolete ones are then either accommodated in some low profile vacancies or are sold to IITB’s staff members. However, the cascading up-gradation effect, ultimately leads the obsolete products to the disposal in the form of e-waste.    

With the growing concern about the hazards of e-Wastes, The Earth Club has taken up the task of identifying a safe disposal channel and put-in place a disposal mechanism, so as to ensure an environmentally friendly and safe exit of the harmful e-wastes from the campus.

As of now IIT Bombay doesn’t have any policy regulations for the disposal of e-waste as such. All kinds of wastes, irrespective of its salvage value or impact on environment are sold or written off through the same channel of the Central Stores, which is finally tendered to some traditional scrap vendors, with no credibility and expertise of handling e-wastes.

Therefore, the club is working towards setting up a safe disposal mechanism, which will ensure the involvement of only the certified e-waste recyclers, with prerequisite infrastructure for the safe electronic disposal.

In this regards, a new E-waste policy report has already been framed by the club, in consultation with the institute authorities like the Computer Centre, Estate Office, Departments, Hostel Control Unit, and Central Stores. The Electronic-waste policy drafted by The Earth Club, IITB members, has already been submitted to the Director’s office, and expected to be passed by the month end; following which, a pilot project will be carried out to study the operational feasibility and economic viability of the E-waste disposal process by the Club.

September 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . e-waste management, environment, IIT Bombay, Project, Sustainibility. 6 comments.