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International Journal of Environmental Sciences
Year : 2010, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 18) Last page : ( 29)
Online ISSN : 0976-4402.

Environmental performance studies on educational institutions

Gobinath R., Lecturer, Rajeshkumar K., Lecturer, Mahendran N., Professor and Head

Department of Civil Engineering, PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul.

rajesh@psnacet.edu.in.

Abstract

Sustainable development is widely used these days by the policy makers, academia, governments in all areas including developmental projects, and in many verticals. Sustainability is not only spoken in various levels but also practiced by industries and organizations to optimize their resource utilization and make them environmental friendly. Sustainability is the need of the hour for our country to provide our future generation a cleaner, safer environment, to achieve it there are manypaths, one should be able to identify the best path related to their industry or organization to achieve sustainability. Various models and tools are already developed by researchers working on this domain which helps them to identify the focus areas where the optimization is possible to improve the environmental performance of the industry. Ecomap is one of such potential tool which can be used effectively used by any SME (small and medium enterprises) and industries for resource usage identification and optimization. It is highly versatile, applicable to many industries whichenable them to optimize their resources and making them sustainable. In our country industrial development and blooming job market puts thrust to the increase in number of educational institutions, we have more than 7,00,000 educational institutions operating all over India. Educational institutions consume more natural resources than any SME's, a developing University consumes about 8,00,000 liters of water and uses about 5,333, KWH of electricity per day for their operations. Thus educational institutions should also be focused with industries to preserve our natural resources and methods are to be developed to improve their environmental performance. Ecomap is not only applicable to industries but can also be employed in educational institutions for resource mapping and optimization. Ecomap if properly deployed will increase the sustainability of the institutions and reduce their resource consumption, which will benefit the institutions and the nation in many ways. This paper provides insight into Ecomapping, its principles, applications and methods to arrive the Ecomap for educational institutions with detailed case studies and applications. The environmental problems associated with educational institutions also discussed with the methods to map them in Ecomap.

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Keywords

Environmental performance, Sustainability, resource utilization, Optimization.

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