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Rajarhat to get Kolkata’s first ‘green’ school

May 19, 2015

Green buildings have already made their marks on the city landscape. And now it's time for turning schools 'green'. A school in Rajarhat — The New Town School — is all set to apply to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for certification and if everything go as per plan, it will become the first 'green' school in Kolkata.

According to the school's founder-director, Sunil Agarwal, among the facilities which have been set up to create a 'green' environment are installing VRF air-conditioning system, running the sewage treatment plant to optimum capacity to also recycle human waste, making the entire lighting system LED-based, making the rooftop flooring green-compliant and using AAC (autoclaved aerated concrete) blocks for constructing the walls.

These kinds of facilities are pioneering for a school, but it does not end here. The swimming pool is state-of-the-art, with ozoniser technology for water purification. Even the wash basins are push taps, which help in saving water. The entire campus has been made a no-plastic zone where all garbage will be recycled. The campus also has IP cameras, that produce more precise footages than CCTV. Among many firsts, the school has an in-house nurse and a stationed ambulance.

To promote activity-based learning, the school has full-fledged labs for physics, chemistry and biology. Apart from that, there is a maths lab, a 3D lab and an SST lab to explore contours of ancient history. It is also soon going to have a Robolab, which will, again, be a first in the city.

The founder-director said that the whole concept of a green school has nothing to do with education but that they planned as such to ensure conservation of natural resources, waste less water and make energy conservation a part of the school. It was from these requirements that the idea of a 'green' school emerged.

The first academic session of the school, which has classes nursery to VII, commenced from April 2015. At the moment, the school has 350 students, which is expected to go up to 500. The school will go for affiliation from the CBSE council.

Feature image: https://indiangreenbuildingcouncil.wordpress.com

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