Report of Create from Waste Competition held on 20th September 2017

The Environment Club- Avani of the JDMC organised a competition as a part of one of its endeavour Create from Waste on Wednesday 20th September 2017 during the long assembly break. The theme for the competition was 'accessories'. There were seven participants from different Departments of the college. They created beautiful accessories out of waste material like old bangles, shells, broken CDs and spoons etc. The competition provided a platform to students to express their creative talent and practice recycling of waste, which is true to an environmental ethic. Ms. Rita Sinha from the English Department was the judge for the competition. She judged Sanya from B.com (Programme) second year as the winner, giving her the first prize. The second prize was won by Glory from BA (H) Sociology of second year. There were also two consolation prizes bagged by second year student’s Shivani from B.Com (Programme) and Pallavi BA (Programme).

AVANI , the environment club at JDMC is dedicated to this vision and strives through all its activities to reduce our carbon footprint.

The club has many achievements the most recent of which is its new ECOZONE.

We are proud to say that we are the only DU college with an Ecozone !

Our achievement is the result of a collaboration with the organisation "Give me Trees" and it's  founder Mr. Parivartan Jain  better known as Peepal Baba under whose guidance a  section of  the college Campus was  earmarked for the creation of an Ecozone. 

The Ecozone which was inaugurated on August 1 2017 houses the following:

1.A nursery for saplings 
2. A Seed bank
3.A Composting pit
4.Bio enzyme production  

We are also one of the only  DU colleges to have completed a Green Audit and Tree Census.

We have a shrinking  carbon footprint as we practice Rainwater Harvesting

We are also fully CFL and LED compliant and use Solar Power for various needs .

Besides this, as an environmentally conscious society and college we engage in multiple other green activities.

A brief description is as follows.

Since 2012 we have been engaged in  helping the Ngo GOONJ in its efforts at providing disaster relief. Whether it's the Assam and  the Kosi floods, the Uttarakhand disaster or the Nepal Earthquake we at JDMC have taken the responsibility to collect and deliver dry goods on an extensive scale to those affected.

We  also annually engage in the GOONJ initiative "vastrasamman"to collect wearable clothes for the needy.

Our students constantly engage in intra -and inter-college activities .

For instance in April 2015 students from AVANI attended the SOUTH ASIA YOUTH CONCLAVE organised by the British Council. 
As a part of the requirement of the Conclave an environment friendly project based on reusing and recycling  was created by Advaita Parasher and Aparna of Sociology Honours 3rd year. This was selected for implementation by the Conclave and was successfully  completed by them in June-July 2015. Their success took them to a final Conclave in September where they interacted with teams from other SAARC nations.

A boost to student participation was received when in December 2015 ,TERI  and GEN PACT selected a college level project submitted by AVANI under the Delhi University Campus Challenge for greening and beautifying the campus with  waste products.

Over the past couple of years the  campus has been decorated with waste materials including the painting of some boundary walls and the creation of the AVANI .

In  March 2016,  AVANI led the "Say no to Plastics" campaign  as a part of an inter-college competition organised by the Earth Day Network at Delhi University. 
This project involved promoting the use of paper bags.

We are proud to share that under Advaita's leadership the college won the challenge.

Besides these activities AVANI has exposed its students to knowledge of the environment  through  documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth and Richard Attenborough 's Planet Earth series.

We  also invite well known  activists and their NGOs to speak to students and engage in projects with them.
This includes the environmtentalist Ashish Kothari,  Vimalendu jha from Swecch,Bharati Chaturvedi from CHINTAN, Padmavati Dwivedi from Compassionate Living and Ravi Agrawal fromToxic Links.

Our students are encouraged to interact at academic events and have been participating in conference on issues such as  the negative impact of Plastics in our environment organised by the Health Environment Foundation 

A  primary concern has been the Swacchta Abhiyan  to which AVANI is deeply committed , and besides campaigns at the college level we have also been engaged in activities such as a  Swacchta March to the local councillors office.

AVANI has also been expanding its activities to an  intercollege level and initiated in 2016 the forum "Green Matters ".This forum aims to increase student participation in different inter-college and intra-college activities

As significant feather in our cap has been that in In January 2017 in collabortion with the Department of Environmental Sciences, AVANI has helped turn JDMC into an E-waste Collection Centre, the only one in the neighbourhood!

In April 2017,we submitted 134 kilos of e- waste.

We are proud to say that for all our efforts and initiatives over the years  along with the Garden Committee and its efforts ,in March 2017 the college  has been presented by WAGE with the Green Campus Award.

We continue to work towards being totally green!!