Newsletter : 1- 15 February 2014 Vol. : 50   

Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar nominations are throwing open a treasure trove of Hand Print actions. Most of them deal with applying the knowledge students have acquired through their classroom learning to the environment around them to the extent of addressing local environmental issues within their reach and also spreading the message in the community, beginning with their own families.


Exploring, discovering, thinking and acting in Paryavaran Mitra schools of Uttar Pradesh.

Hand Print projects by students have documented biodiversity (varieties of rice, mangoes, cattle, birds, vegetables, flowering plants) of their village. Environment improvement projects included fixing leaking taps and conserving water, channelizing waste water to gardens, and cleaning water sources near their school. Some action projects also targeted behaviours which included students adopting hand washing as a habit, reducing usage on non-biodegradable cups, plates at social functions, etc.

In the teachers’ category the physical education teacher from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Malihabad, Lucknow saw worth in improving student’s in physical wellness while doing environmental projects, negating the myth that Environment Education connects only to the classroom science. The state also acknowledges the partnerships which played a key role in the outreach. One such partnership is the media partnership with DLA publications, with a readership of more than 3.5 lakh the newspaper carried an environment feature every fortnight on various issues in the environment and also spread the word on the actions done by students in the Paryavaran Mitra programme to various audiences. For nominations go here.


Environmental action moves beyond the schools’ boundaries in Puraskar nominated schools of Bihar.

Schools in Bihar scored on the magnitude of their work and the outreach to the community within and outside the school. Students of K.R.High School, West Champaran surveyed water use in 261 households in the community. Students started with assessing several environmental parameters including water and energy use and waste in the school and worked on several environment improvement projects including, plantation of trees, vermi composting, etc. At Rajkiya Kanya Madhya Vidyalaya, Sasaram the documentation of water use and wastage from source to sink and thereafter was good enough to get shortlisted for the WIPRO Earthian water conservation award. Take a look at the best school, teacher, student, district nominations here



Showcasing our Handprints on a world stage

CEE has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme's UNertia campaign and competition through the Paryavaran Mitra programme. The initiative encourages anyone and everyone, in particular young people, students and schools in the Asia-Pacific region, to engage in Sustainable Actions which will yield positive environmental benefits in their local communities. Take a look at the UNEP page here and stay tuned for more updates on UNertia from the Paryavaran Mitra network.

Hand Print of Paryavaran Mitra schools of Tamil Nadu

Schools have not only carried out interesting action projects in the thematic areas but meticulously quantified their Hand Print (the positive actions towards sustainable development). Schools in the state make EE and ESD activities seem like they are a way of life! Check out the best school nominations here



Addressing local-specific environmental issue of Olive Ridley Turtle conservation by schools in Odisha

Schools in Odisha have done in-depth actions in the themes of Energy conservation, waste and biodiversity all either bringing about change in the local environment but moreso working on locale-specific issues. For instance, two of the five best school nominations are schools from Ganjam, their projects addressed a very important local environmental issue of the rare Olive Ridley turtle conservation. They’re work focuses on cleaning and protecting nesting sites and to also sustain the work in future. here

E-Waste Schools creating to inspire

CEE has partnered with Nokia India and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) on 'Create to Inspire which is a school programme to work in 100 schools of Ahmedabad. Schools will work on action projects in the themes of E-waste, Water, Energy and Transport focusing on sustainable consumption. The actions will begin at school and students’ will be spreading the message in the community around their schools through creative expressions like art installation, poster exhibition, and presentation by film or powerpoint etc. CEE will also facilitate schools with mentors for the creative expressions from eminent institutions in Ahmedabad. The initiative has flagged off with a teachers orientation on 21st December 2013 with 12 schools. Schools in Ahmedabad are invited to join the initiative here.                                                       Email: