Welcome to Wipro earthian 2016
The sustainability paradigm is constantly evolving with multiple perspectives, schools of thought and raging debates. To be able to develop a nuanced understanding of sustainability it is vital to embrace a range of ideas and solutions.
As students, you have the advantage to view the reality of today’s urban living conditions both from the lens of an institution and as future decision-makers.
Your point of view and ideas could help share perspectives on these key urban issues.
With each passing year, the earthian program continues to evolve and re-invent itself. As a part of this evolution, the format for this year’s earthian college submission has been changed as well.
How to Participate
The objective of this exercise is to increase the exposure of real issues within the sustainability paradigm that afflict us today, as well as encourage you to try your hand at devising practical solutions. There are 3 themes for which you need to prepare an analytical paper.
The context is India-centric.
- The 3 themes provided are Water, Waste, and Mobility.
- The themes have been introduced to you via areas of exploration which would guide you on how to approach the project. In addition, there are illustrative examples included to help relate to the themes.
- The format of the project is designed to push the envelope in terms of concepts and your personal understanding
Target Disciplines*: Design, Architecture, Planning, Management, Engineering, Law/ Policy
*While we have streamlined the project guidelines for the above academic disciplines, whatever be your branch of study, through this exercise we invite you to question and explore the nature of the sustainability paradigm.
Word limit for the essay : 2500-5000 words maximum.
Ecological footprint, simply explained, is the measure of human demand on the earth’s ecosystem. All of us have an individual footprint that contributes to the global footprint.
Is there something individuals and institutions can do within their capacity to address this?
A good beginning will be to measure your own or institutions ecological footprint and make an incremental contribution to reducing the footprint.
Getting started with the campus footprint
B.1 Campus Footprint tool (10%)
- the campus footprinting tool can only be completed post registering and logging in
This part of the project is an exercise that aims to help you and your institution develop a greater understanding of its campus ecological footprint.
Benefits : The benefits of such a foot printing exercise are that it will increase the understanding of consumption patterns, identify potential areas for improvement and choices. The calculator focuses on footprint study of two key ecological elements, namely energy and water.
B.2 Analytical Summary (10%)
This part of the project includes preparing a 1 page summary basis the findings from the campus footprinting tool. An inventory of this nature is also an awareness raising tool. Making this connection can often lead to behavioral change. This data collection is not only to provide tangible numbers with which the institution can benchmark its sustainability parameters. It can also act as a much needed baseline against which future mitigation efforts in the campus can be measured.
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