Newsletter : 1- 15 October 2013 Vol. : 42  

Power Counts: Why a school got 1270 CFL bulbs from the state electricity board?

The Power Count Challenge aims at reducing electricity consumption for any 2 month period from July to December 2013 in comparison to the same months in 2012 by means of behavioral change and energy efficiciency devices. The deadline date for the challenge has been extended to 15 December 2013. We are hearing from schools, students and individuals, here are some stories.

Conserving electricity in school.

Rajeet Gagopadhyay of Aditya Birla School, Kesrol, Gujarat is on a mission to reduce electricity consumption in his school. He and his friends are looking at the issue from all angles. They started looking for reasons for wastage and leakage followed by behavioural change amongst students, researching different energy conserving devices. He is also looking at how to sustain these efforts in the school and to make it part of the school’s ‘way of life’. Read more about his project and stay tuned for updates from him and his team.

Student led energy conservation project in the neighbourhood.

Janhavi Singh of SETH ANANDRAM JAIPURIA SCHOOL, GHAZIABAD has gotten together with her group of colleagues (Nature Nurturers Group) to make people aware of energy conservation and giving them tips on how to conserve energy. They have conducted several meetings in their school and have identified 20 homes where they are spreading the message and will evaluate to see the impact of their awareness campaign when their bills come in at the end of the intervention period. Read more about this action project here.

Handprint of a school led Power Count Challenge in student’s homes

The energy club students of FD High School, Ahmedabad selected 30 households nearby and held workshop with them on how to conserve electricity in their homes through behaviour change and through replacement of devices. They continued their campaign and analysed their bills after 2 months to get a reduction of 2061 units in total. Read about this cam paign here.

AUP Podavoor Schools intervention at the State Electricity Board level

The success of their 2012 campaign by school and the gram panchayat has been acknowledged and taken further by the state electricity board which has decided to distribute 1270 CFL bulbs to houselholds and monitor reduction in electricity consumption. Read the letter here.

Teacher Orientation Workshops in Earthian programme in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh

The initiative aims to enhance the understanding of the schools of water in their local context and its interconnections with other facets of ecology and society as well as the global context. Workshops are being organized with teachers in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh. 6500 schools have received information of the programme. In UP with orientations in Agra, Allahabad, Meerut, Varanasi, and Pilbhit. In Rajasthan workshops were held at Bhilwara, Bundi, Churu, Jaisalmer, Pali, Rajsamand, and Sirohi. In Chattisgarh a workshop has been held in Durg. Read more about these orientations and teachers’ reactions to the workshops here.

Paryavaran Saathi Handprint: Biodiversity Conservation aligned with local rituals

Paryavaran Saathi Dr Rajesh Narayan Singh has been working with schools in Rohtas District Bihar. While working closely with school students Dr Singh noticed the loss of biodiversity around him and decided to start a campaign with students to create awareness among citizens of Rohtas and to motivate them to plant and conserve saplings of various species. He chose a unique way of reaching out to people during weddings taking place in the district. Inspired with the "Maiti" tradition of Uttarakhand, Dr. Singh has initiated the campaign “Maitri” (friendship) in Rohtas. Read more about this interesting campaign here.

Resource: Let's grow solutions-The Story of Solutions Video

5 year after the hugely popular video ‘The Story of Stuff’ which spoke about the unsustainability of linear systems on a finite planet, comes the ‘The Story of Solutions’. The video explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.                                                       Email: