NMIMS Bengaluru, on the occasion of upcoming World Environment Day, proudly announces a unique initiative by its "Udyam" dedicated to combating plastic pollution. Udyam, a student body, is the campus’ social responsibility club. Under the mission of "Zero Single-use Plastics," the “Udyam” team 2023 has planned a series of activities throughout the year to create awareness and promote sustainable alternatives. These initiatives encompass awareness campaigns, plastic reduction challenges, competitions for viable alternatives to single-use plastics, advocacy for plastic-free events, and engaging workshops and panel discussions featuring renowned experts and environmental activists.
NMIMS Bengaluru envisions a comprehensive five-year transformation plan to achieve a fully green campus, focusing on three core themes: Water Conservation, Clean Energy, and Recycling. With exceptional rainwater harvesting systems in place, the institution further employs water-saving measures such as low-flow faucets and the utilization of treated and recycled water for flushing. Concurrently, the institute is actively formulating a five-year strategy to shift to renewable energy sources, with a particular emphasis on solar energy. Embracing sustainable transportation practices, including campus buses, carpooling, and cab pooling, is encouraged to minimise the carbon footprint.
Taking significant strides in combating plastic waste, NMIMS Bengaluru has already implemented reusable alternatives for water bottles, coffee cups, plates, and food containers within its premises. Moreover, the institute is dedicated to extending this practice to affiliated vendors, promoting a comprehensive approach towards plastic waste reduction.
Dr. Narayani Ramachandran, Deputy Director, NMIMS Bengaluru, said, " The conscious initiative by Udyam marks a significant milestone in our journey towards a greener future. Plastic pollution poses a grave threat to our planet, and it is our responsibility to take action. Through this project, we aim to inspire change, empower our community, and create a lasting impact. By embracing sustainable practices and promoting viable alternatives, we can collectively work towards a world free from single-use plastics. Let us join hands and make a difference on this World Environment Day and beyond.
Prof. Janaki Anant, Adjunct Associate Professor, NMIMS Bengaluru and the faculty Mentor of “Udyam”, said, “. This seemingly simple mission requires a mental shift from convenience to conscious consumption. Through “Udyam”, we strive to foster active participation from students, faculty, and staff, aiming to create and foster a collaborative community dedicated to shaping a sustainable future. Given the dedication, passion and energy of the Udyam team combined support from the institution and a cohesive community we are confident this mission will gather momentum as we go through the year.”
The environmental impact of plastic waste cannot be understated. Startling statistics indicate that over 8 million tons of plastic find their way into our oceans each year, posing severe threats to marine life and ecosystems. Furthermore, the persistence of plastic in the environment can take centuries to decompose, resulting in the accumulation of microplastics in water bodies, soil, and the food chain. The production and incineration of plastic waste contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating climate change and further emphasizing the need for sustainable alternatives.
With “Udyam”, NMIMS Bengaluru aims to raise awareness, inspire behavioural change, and encourage innovative solutions to address the plastic waste crisis. Through these collective efforts, it aspires to instill a culture of environmental responsibility and shape a sustainable future for generations to come.