Dr. Triloki Nath Khoshoo, founder trustee of ATREE, was a world-renowned environmental scientist and an able administrator. Dr. Khoshoo started his professional career as co-founder of the Department of Botany at the Punjab University, Lahore, which moved to Khalsa College, Amritsar, soon after the partition of India. After a brief stint as Chairman of the Botany Department at Jammu and Kashmir University, he joined the National Botanical Gardens, Lucknow, in 1964 as Assistant Director. He soon became the Director, and due to his untiring efforts, the institution rose to the stature of being the National Botanical Research Institute in 1978.
Dr Khoshoo became the first Secretary of the newly created Department of Environment of the Government of India in 1982, with the responsibility of developing an Environment Policy for the country. In 1985, he joined the Tata Energy Research Institute as a Distinguished Fellow and contributed to public policy discussions at national as well as international forums. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Sasakawa Environment Prize by the United Nations Environment Programme in 1996.
Dr. Khoshoo was a prolific writer. Over the course of five decades, he authored more than 250 research papers on plant genetics and evolution, biomass, energy, forestry, conservation and, the utilisation and management of natural resources. He has written seven books and edited eleven more on a wide range of subjects. His book 'Mahatma Gandhi: An Apostle of Applied Human Ecology', published in 1996, was widely applauded for his interpretation of the practical relevance of Gandhian views.
The Khoshoo Memorial Award in Conservation, Environment and Development is given to an individual in the field of conservation and sustainable development. The award is a peer-level public recognition of excellence in the fields of conservation science, conservation policy and conservation action.
The Khoshoo Memorial Award is an annual event sponsored by the Khoshoo family, ATREE, the Ford Foundation, and the Institute of Rural Research and Development (an initiative of the S.M Sehgal Foundation). Apart from recognising outstanding contribution to ecology and environment in India, the award also supports two post doctoral research programmes in biodiversity. In 2011, the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools was also instituted as a core activity of the TN Khoshoo Endowment Fund.
The Memorial Award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs 100,000/- each. A scholar of international standing is invited to deliver the Khoshoo Memorial Lecture after the award ceremonies.
Dr Madhav Gadgil will give the 2012 TN Khoshoo Memorial Lecture on the subject ‘Western Ghats: Nature, People and Development’. This lecture will be part of the public lecture series of the Biodiversity Asia 2012: The 2nd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology. The 9th TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture will be held on 8 August 2012, at the JN Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, at 5.30 pm.
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For his efforts in sustainability and community-based governance of commonproperty resources in Sikkim. ...more
For her documentation of Indian orchids ...more
2009 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, Distinguished Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University, Tempe
For his work on eco-restoration initiatives ...more
For his work on research, training, and advocacy on policy issues ...more
Dr. R K Pachauri
Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, Delhi.
Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Director, Yale Climate and Energy Institute
For his work on conservation and livelihood issues ...more
For his work on usage of natural resources and human-wildlife conflicts ...more
Shri Shyam Saran
Special Envoy of the Prime Minister on Climate Change Issues
Dr. Charles Perrings
Professor of Environmental
Economics at Arizona
Ms Rebecca Pradhan
For her contribution to conservation of Bhutan's biodiversity ...more
Shri Digvijay Singh
Senior Congress (I)
Dr. Ramachandra Guha
Author and Historian
Dr. B. R. Ramesh
For his contribution to
the application of technology
for effective conservation ...more
Dr. Jairam Ramesh
Minister of State for Commerce
Prof. M. S. Swaminathan
Founder and Chairman
M.S. Swaminathan Research
Dr. Anupam Mishra
For his contribution to environment protection and water conservation ...more
Mr. M. C. Mehta
Supreme Court Lawyer
Prof. David W. Ehrenfeld
of Biology at Rutgers
Ms. Nafisa Barot
For her work in Gujarat with local communities to achieve self-reliance ...more
Dr. Anil P. Joshi
For his work to promote sustainable livelihoods in the Himalayas ...more
Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Deputy Chairman, Planning
Dr. Sam Pitroda
Chairman, World Tel Ltd.,
and National Knowledge
Dr. R. Sukumar
For his contribution to the conservation of Asian elephants ...more
Dr. M. G. K. Menon,
Dr. Vikram Sarabhai
Dr. Peter H. Raven
Botanical Gardens, St Louis
Sandeep Tambe is Special Secretary in the Department of Rural Management and Development, Government of Sikkim. He has been responsible for the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), for which, today, Sikkim has achieved 85 days of ensured employment, against the national average of 47 days. Sikkim also scores high on the transparency safeguards front, having a universal coverage of independent, quality social audits.
Sandeep Tambe has been actively involved in the revival of springs, streams and lakes in drought prone areas of the state that has contributed rural water security. Before this, during his stint in the Forest Department and The Mountain Institute, Tambe was instrumental in initiating participatory protection of the biodiversity rich protected areas of Sikkim. This initiative, taken up in partnership with eco-development committees and local NGOs, has resulted in a measurable reduction of the threats to forests and wildlife.
Sandeep Tambe is a member of the Indian Forest Service. He graduated from IIT Mumbai, did his MSc from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (FRI) and has a Ph.D. from the Wildlife Institute of India. He is photography, alpine flowers and trekking enthusiast.
Hemlata Pradhan’s aim is to ‘highlight India’s wild orchids and other plants in nature to bring about an awareness of what we are unwittingly losing…’
Hemlata Pradhan is a botanical illustrator, who comes from a family that has been raising orchids for five generations. She graduated with a diploma in Botanical Illustration with distinction from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and a Master's degree in Natural History Illustration and Ecological Studies from the Royal College of Art, London. She is the winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal as well as the 18th world Orchid Conference Gold Medal for her paintings of Indian Jewel Orchids and the Indian Wild Orchids. Her works are housed at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England and were exhibited at the British Museum's Clore Education Centre in 2009. Her orchid paintings also appear on a set of six postage stamps of Bhutan.
Hemlata Pradhan is passionate about the conservation of endangered orchids and other Indian plants. At present, she is involved in setting up a Natural History Art Institute in Kalimpong, Darjeeling, West Bengal, and getting Natural History Illustration recognition as a Fine Art subject in India. She is the First Honorary Secretary and Member of the ISROSG- Indian Sub-Continent Regional Orchid Specialist Group of the IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources/SSC-Species Survival Commission and the Trustee President of the Himalayan Trust for Natural History Art, Kalimpong, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, West Bengal, India.
Joss Brooks came to Auroville near Pondicherry in 1970 to participate in the early pioneering work of the newborn community. In 1973 he established Pitchandikulam, dedicated to restoring the eroded 60 acres of Auroville Green Belt land. Now it is a vibrant forest with more than 600 species of plants, many with medicinal value, and a nursery that grows the endangered species of the almost extinct Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest found along the Coromandel Coast. In 1993, associating with the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), he developed the medicinal plant conservation park at Pitchandikulam. In 2002, the Nadukuppam Environment Education Centre was founded at a government high school near the wetland, from where a team of environmental education teachers from local villages began to work with school children, women’s groups and farmers to implement eco-restoration initiatives. In 2004, Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants was created to implement restoration work in other areas of Tamil Nadu, including the city of Chennai. A 12-acre garbage dump at Otteri in North Chennai has been transformed into a green lung of indigenous vegetation. In 2005, the Pitchandikulam team began work on a master plan for a 350-acre wetland site at the Adyar estuary. Over the following years, the typical urban wasteland of garbage and sewage has changed into an example of species regeneration, practical environmental education and citizen-government collaboration. The Adyar Poonga wetland restoration project is still very much underway, yet evolving into a crucial larger initiative to cleanse and transform the other polluted waterways of Chennai.
Girish Sant is co-founder of Prayas, a non-profit organization based in Pune, whose Energy Group initiatives he coordinates. He has been involved in research, training, and advocacy on policy issues in the power sector for the last seventeen years. His interest in energy policy started with his involvement in the Sardar Sarovar Project and on nuclear power. His present work relates to issues of renewable energy policy, oil and gas policy as well as the international context of energy-climate linkages. He has a keen interest in realizing the massive potential of energy efficiency and pro-people energy policy, by promoting innovative policy options.
Girish Sant is a member of the Planning Commission’s Expert Group on ‘Low Carbon Growth’, and has also served on ‘Working Group on Power’ for the 11th Plan, PMO committee on the draft National Energy Efficiency Mission, Advisory Committee of Central Electricity Regulatory Commissions, and Supreme Court Committee on Energy from Municipal Solid Waste. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Energy Alumnus Award of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.
Prayas Energy Group does analysis-based advocacy to further public interest in the electricity sector. Prayas has played a significant role in advancing transparency and accountability among electricity regulatory commissions and continues to intervene in regulatory cases in the state of Maharashtra, appellate tribunal and in the Supreme Court. Prayas, along with the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, coordinates the Electricity Governance Initiative, which is a global coalition of civil society groups committed to improving governance in the power sector.
Girish Sant has accepted the award as part of Prayas (Energy Group), to underscore the collective nature of Prayas’ work.
Ashish Kothari is an environmentalist who works at the grass roots level with various people's movements as well as with various government committees and international associations.
He is a founding member of Kalpavriksh, an Indian environmental NGO active on conservation and livelihood issues since 1979. The T. N. Khoshoo Memorial Award in Conservation recognises not only Ashish's outstanding contributions to conservation, but also those of Kalpavriksh.
Ashish's interest in environmental and developmental issues related to big dam projects motivated him to participate in people's movements such as the Narmada Bachao Andolan and at the same time be a member of the Environmental Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects, Government of India, from 1993 to 1995. He has contributed to environmental policy formulation and governance by being member of various influential government committees
He has advocated a socially and culturally more sensitive process of wildlife conservation for the last twenty years. He has been able to direct this interest to serving as the Co-Chair of the IUCN Inter-Commission Theme on Indigenous/Local Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas (TILCEPA) and other such similar groups.
Over and above his role as Coordinator, Project on Community Based Conservation in South Asia, Kalpavriksh, and International Institute of Environment and Development, London, Ashish has associated with other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as Greenpeace, Centre for Communication and Development Studies and Bombay Natural History Society, in various capacities.
Ashish is also a prolific writer, having authored or edited 25 books, and over 150 articles, on environment, development, and conservation issues.
Charudutt Mishra is a conservation scientist who has tried to understand and work on various areas related to the usage of natural resources, the human impacts of natural resource use, and human-wildlife conflicts. He is the Science and Conservation Director of the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT), and one of the founders of the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF). He served as NCF's Executive Director between 2002 and 2008, and also headed the India Program of the SLT. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Animal Conservation and is a member of the IUCN's Cat Specialist Group.
He has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Natural Resource Conservation from the Resource Ecology Group, Wageningen University (The Netherlands). Charu's chief academic interests lie in understanding pastoralism and resource use, human impacts on wildlife, ecology of human-wildlife conflicts, large herbivore community ecology, and carnivore ecology.
Charu also tries to dedicate time and effort to extend conservation science for societal welfare, on-ground conservation, and policy. His recent work involves setting up community-based wildlife conservation and conflict-resolution programs, conducting research and exploration, teaching and guiding Ph.D. students, and working with governments to set up wildlife reserves and formulate conservation policy.
His current work spans the Himalaya and several Central Asian countries where he is involved in guiding research and conservation efforts. He was involved in post-conflict wildlife assessments in Afghanistan on behalf of the United Nations. Expeditions led by him in Arunachal Pradesh led to the discovery of the Arunachal macaque, M. munzala, a primate new to science.
Charu is a recipient of the Whitley Gold Award in 2005 and the Golden Ark Award in 2008.
A repository of knowledge on the flora and fauna found throughout the Himalayas, Rebecca Pradhan, can easily recount the genus and species of over 90% of Bhutan's plant life off the top of her head. Rebecca is a true naturalist, working and writing about birds as easily as about plants. While her academic qualifications include a B.Sc and a post graduation in Library Science, whatever she has learnt about plants and animals has been through a process of self-education. Impressed by her knowledge, Rebecca was invited to spend two terms as a Mercer Fellow of Arnold Arboretum in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. With her vast botanical knowledge, innate skill and passion, Rebecca has already impacted conservation efforts in Bhutan.
Originally from Kalimpong in India, Rebecca, has been living and working in Bhutan for many years. Starting her career as a school teacher in 1972, Rebecca moved on as the Head of the Herbarium and Forestry Research Library, Department of Forestry, Royal Government of Bhutan in 1985. Since 2000 she has worked as an Ecologist with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan, where she is at present involved with the White-bellied Heron Project and in conducting biodiversity surveys of RSPN conservation areas. Over the years, Rebecca, has also been closely involved in a number of surveys to study and document the flora and fauna of Bhutan.
Rebecca has written extensively about the extraordinary biological richness of the north-eastern Himalayas, and particularly Bhutan, a region of which our knowledge is very meagre. She is the author of the books 'Wild Rhododendrons of Bhutan' and 'Threatened Birds in Bhutan'. She is also the principal compiler and data contributor of the Important Bird Areas of Bhutan for the Birdlife Conservation Series 'Important Bird Areas in Asia.' She has also produced a DVD on the ecology of the white-bellied heron. Rebecca has done much more than her written papers would indicate; for example she has discovered new species of bamboos, oaks and other plant groups. In her work she is involved with wildlife officials, community members and non-governmental organisations, and also teaches school children about wildlife in her spare time.
Rebecca's immense knowledge of the biota and ecosystems of the eastern Himalayas is vital to the future of Bhutan's resources. And she herself is committed to advancing further the knowledge about and the conservation of the pristine forests of Bhutan.
A scientist and conservationist, Dr. B.R. Ramesh has contributed greatly to the application of new technologies for effective conservation. He completed his M.Sc. Botany at Bangalore University before doing a Ph.D. in Ecology at University of Madras. A taxonomist by training he has been working at the French Institute of Pondicherry (an autonomous Research Organization under the Ministry of French Foreign Affairs) since 1982. He is currently the Director of Research in the Ecology Department. His research interests include phytogeography, landscape ecology, community ecology, conservation biology, and forest management. He continues to actively train the younger generation and forest officials in field ecology and taxonomy.
Most of his work has been carried out in the Western Ghats, which is considered a biodiversity hotspot. He has published over 25 research papers, 6 books, 2 CD ROMS, 7 vegetation maps and 1 atlas. His vegetation maps of the Western Ghats and Atlas of Endemic tree species have become classic baseline reference materials for foresters, ecologists and conservationists. He has studied the plant diversity across different ecosystems to develop biological indicator values for measuring disturbance in ecosystems. Using Geographical Information Systems he has developed wildlife management models for a Tiger Reserve and for several Wildlife Sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. His studies have shown that despite large-scale disturbance, considerable amount of undisturbed forest areas exist in Kerala and these forest patches need management attention. As an expert consultant to Kerala Forest Department, he reviewed biodiversity components of Kerala Forestry Project, developed 'biodiversity conservation strategy and action plans' for the forestry sector as well as rationalized the existing protected area network in order to cover the substantial gaps in conservation. Going one step further, he developed an alternative model of integrated forest management using a landscape approach that would address not only biodiversity conservation but also socio-economic issues of local communities and other stakeholders.
[Dr. B. R. Ramesh continues as the Director of Research, Department of Ecology at the French Institute of Pondicherry. The book Forest landscapes of the Southern Western Ghats, India: Biodiversity, human ecology and management strategies edited by him along with Rajan Gurukkal was released in 2007.]
A Gandhian and an environmental activist Anupam Mishra has spent decades in the field of environment protection and water conservation and is among the most knowledgeable persons in India on traditional water harvesting systems. He has travelled to various part of the country, especially Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, visiting various water harvesting systems managed by people.
Dr. Mishra has interacted with grassroots-level water harvesters, inspired and supported them and helped them in their traditional water harvesting systems campaign. Winner of the Indira Gandhi National Environment Award, Mishra has been associated with the Gandhi Peace Foundation since its inception. He has authored two books on traditional water management and water harvesting systems in India, titled Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab (Ponds are Still Relevant) and Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boonde (The Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan).
Dr. Mishra continues to travel to different parts of the country, while keeping in touch with grassroot-level water harvesters and NGOs and inspiring them. The mission of the Gandhi Peace Foundation is to promote the environmental activities of rural development agencies; to prepare survey reports on distressed areas and place them before concerned authorities; to disseminate environmental information through the publication of up-to-date reports on environmental issues; to organise workshops and seminars for environmental experts, policy makers, individuals and organizations engaged in environmental issues.
[Dr. Anupam Mishra continues his association with the Gandhi Peace Foundation working in the field of environment protection and water conservation.]
Ms. Nafisa Barot has been championing the efforts of local communities to achieve self-reliance in natural resources in the Bhal region of Gujarat. She is the founder trustee of Utthan, an organization dedicated to the upliftment and empowerment of impoverished local communities, especially women. Nafisaben as she is popularly known, has been involved in a number of water management activities in the region such as drought proofing, rain-water harvesting and desilting. Other activities carried out by Utthan in Gujarat include women's credit groups, community health programs, afforestation and education. Ms. Barot represents Utthan on several national and international committees. She is a strong believer in the empowerment of vulnerable sections of the society through socio-economic and cultural development based on the principles of sustainable resource use and conservation.
[Ms. Nafisa Barot continues her work on social and environmental issues. She also continues as Executive Director of Utthan an organisation she co-founded that works in the areas of gender empowerment, integrated natural resource management, and peace and justice through conflict transformation.]
Dr. Anil P. Joshi works to promote sustainable livelihoods in the Himalaya. He started his career as a college teacher in Botany and encouraged many of his students to carry out academic research oriented towards solving the basic needs of the hill people. He has been instrumental in developing participatory approaches to natural resource conservation and is credited with developing a variety of ingenious schemes related to water supply, cheap lighting, traditional agriculture, employment generation, earthquake resistant housing and alternative uses of weeds such as lantana. Dr. Joshi and his colleagues formed the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), which aims to reconcile basic needs of rural communities with the need to conserve natural resources. Dr. Joshi is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his pioneering contributions towards sustainable living in the Himalayan region.
[Dr. Anil P. Joshi continues his work with the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization that he co-founded. He was awarded the 'Padma Shri' in 2006 in recognition of his pioneering contribution towards sustainable living in the Himalayan region.]
Dr. R Sukumar is a Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is one of the world leaders in the efforts to conserve the elephants especially the Asian elephant.
Since 1997, he has been the Chair of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation Union. He has published three books and over 70 scientific articles. He is the winner of the Presidential Award of the Chicago Zoological Society in 1989 and was honoured with the Order of the Golden Ark, by the Government of Netherlands in 1997 for his outstanding contribution to Elephant conservation. His approach has been in using the elephant as a flagship for conserving landscapes, their biodiversity, and reconciling human interests with conservation. Most recently he was the recipient of the Whitley Gold Award for International Nature Conservation (2003).
[Dr. R. Sukumar continues as Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science. At present research in his lab spans the areas of wildlife ecology, tropical forest ecology and climate change. He is a recipient of the International Cosmos Prize in 2006.]
The earth is our only home. She nurtures and sustains the mystery of life. But can she take more? We need earthians to take care of her. Be an earthian. This is the definition of earthian as per Wipro’s new sustainability programme for schools and colleges. Since TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools, which called for action to create impact in environmental consciousness, shares a vision similar to the earthian, we are joining with Wipro (also one of our partners for last year’s Khoshoo School Awards) to be part of their larger outreach exercise with schools and colleges through the through the TN Khoshoo-earthian Trophy. 'earthian Sustainability Program for Schools and Colleges' is designed to act as a catalyst for fostering excellence in sustainability thinking and doing amongst youth. The annual awards programme is a first step towards a deeper engagement with children and young adults in schools and colleges.
Therefore, from this year (2011-12), the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools will be part of the Wipro earthian awards, and will be called the TN Khoshoo-earthian Trophy. The TN Khoshoo-earthian Trophy will additionally recognize one school and one college from among the 10 earthian winning submissions, which show a higher degree of feasibility, practical implement-ability and contextual understanding. ATREE will also partner Wipro as a knowledge partner in the field of environment, development and conservation, for the earthian awards.
Click here for information on the earthian sustainability programme, how to participate, criteria for awards, themes for submissions and important dates; letter to schools; and a quick overview of the earthian awards.
ATREE has the advantage of being able to offer field ecologists, conservationists, social scientists and policy affiliates as a knowledge resource to teachers and students. ATREE will partner the winning institutes to build capacities in understanding environment, development and conservation aspects through contributions to the institute library, lectures and field based programmes. These will be built through an interactive process between ATREE and the school/ college, and tailored to meet requirements in expanding learning on these topics. The winning school and college participants will also be invited to the TN Khoshoo Memorial Lecture and Awards ceremony.
To know more about how ATREE traditionally interacts with schools, read about ATREE’s education outreach through DNA Club activities in Karnataka, Vacation Training Programmes for schools, and certificate courses in Conservation Science for graduates and post graduates. Also read about ATREE’s school outreach through its field academies across Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and their activities with local schools.
The Khoshoo Endowment Fund and ATREE, along with The Teacher Foundation, Wipro, IAIM-FRLHT and Pravah launched the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools in 2010. This award was instituted to recognize schools that enabled innovative, creative activity that promotes environmental consciousness and thoughtful action.
The TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools promote environmental thought and action—with emphasis on action. Schools are selected for the creativity and implementation of projects geared towards locally relevant environmental and ecological issue. This year, two schools from Bangalore—KK English High School (first prize) and Sri Vani Education Center (second prize), and two schools from Delhi, Salwan Public School (first prize) and Father Agnel School (second prize), have been awarded the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools.
The students of Salwan Public School, which claimed first place for raising eco-consciousness, called their project ‘Parivartan’. The aim of the school was to make neighbourhood residents and shopkeepers aware of the negatives associated with the use of plastic, and provide options for plastic. The school distributed cloth bags recycled from old clothes.
The students disseminated pamphlets amongst evening walkers and carried out a door-to-door campaign. They set up a mobile stall with two tailors who stitched cloth bags. The stall ran for three days – a different location on each day – and attracted the attention of the Senior Scientific Officer from the Ministry of the Environment, Dr. B. C. Sabata and Mr. Peter Andre, a representative of Tetra Pak. The students also organized a zero-waste lunch at a local eatery called ‘Udupi Eating House’.
The KK English High School was awarded first place for implementing a solid waste management project in their school. The students crafted a campaign for wet and dry waste management. The campaign was aimed at teachers, students, local residents and corporations—with information on segregation, recycling and disposal. The school scheduled a ‘plastic day’ once a week during which plastic was collected and passed on to KK Plastics to be recycled. The students of KK English High School collected 1500 kilograms of plastic during their project period.
Father Agnel School came second place with their initiative titled, ‘Kabaad se Jugaad’. This involved creating a no waste environment by recycling waste generated in the school to make useful products. To do this, they prepared alum crystals using aluminium extracted from waste aluminium foil and tetra packs. The alum crystals could be used as a natural astringent. They made products like curtains, coasters, table mats, slippers, and photo frames using discarded tetra packs. Organic waste was used to make floor cleanser for rust and permanent marker stains. Note pads and folders were made with waste paper and cardboard, old cotton dupattas, jute strings, and natural glue.
The students of Sri Vani Education Center were awarded the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools for their thorough research on waste management. The school documented their learning on film, and shared it through art projects, theatre and audiovisual medium.
Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, and K K High School, Varthur, Bengaluru bagged first place; and Father Agnel School from Gautam Nagar, Delhi, Sri Vani Education Centre (SVEC), Basaveshwarnagar, Bengaluru, won second place for their projects.
Salwan Public School did a project called ‘Parivartan’. The students got a tailor to stitch cloth bags from old clothes and gifted these bags to the residents of their area to use as an alternative to plastic bags. This simple project generated a lot of awareness and positive response from residents of that area. Father Agnel School’s project was on waste management. They created utility products such as folders, floor cleanser from the waste generated in their school to make it a zero waste school. In Bengaluru, both winning entries had done commendable work on waste management. K K High School’s well thought out campaign for dry and wet waste management had a wide impact, as it was carried to school, teacher, locality, and corporate audiences through the efforts of the students. SVEC students visited dump sites and investigated the problems related to waste management. They documented their efforts in segregating waste and composting in a film.
The mela provided shortlisted schools a platform to showcase, interact and learn through peer group discussions. Student representatives from each school gave a presentation to the audience of teachers and children from other participating schools, judges and staff from ATREE. The children gave an account of the purpose, sustainability and methodology of their projects. The winning schools will be given a cash award and trophy at a ceremony during the Khoshoo Memorial Award in Conservation, Environment and Development 2011, to be held in October this year in Delhi. This award honours environmentalists and practitioners for outstanding achievements in the areas of conservation, environment and sustainable development.
Coordinating organisations - Pravah, in Delhi, and ATREE, in Bengaluru, started their interactions with schools in July 2010, briefing schools on the long-term objectives of the school awards, and guiding them through the processes for participation. The efforts of the students, schools and the organisers were showcased in interactive Environment Melas in Delhi and Bengaluru on 24th January and 28th February 2011 respectively. The winners of TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Awards for Schools 2011 were announced here. The criteria for winning were impact, sustainability of the idea, replicability, and creativity.
Winning schools’ contacts in Bengaluru: KK English School: Coordinating teacher: Mrs Allirani Mob: 9901159949; email: email@example.com
SVEC: Coordinating Teacher: Latha R V Mob: 9986385428;
ATREE: Kavitha Nagaraj: 9886993259; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delhi contacts:: Ishani Paul, Pravah; email: email@example.com, competition coordinator for the Delhi Awards.