Environmental Responsibility

AISC is an environmentally responsible school. We have committed to a vision of leadership, living, and working, towards a sustainable future. We have a huge diversity of programmes, systems and teams that devote their energies to the actualisation of this vision. This diversity, and our embracing of it, is captured in our Environmental Responsibility Framework.

The framework is built upon the strength and measurability of the ARC platform, combined with a structural and strategic perspective from AISC. The purpose of this framework is to allow AISC, and other organisations, to see exactly what is measured, where work or learning takes place, and why Environmental Responsibility is important to the school and community.

Why
- The Impact Areas are the aspirational focus points that AISC believes will move us, and our community forward. We should be aiming to achieve these things in all of our work on Environmental Responsibility.

What
- The Environmental Aspects are measurable, tangible areas of the school’s impact on the environment. These are updated regularly, and allow ASIC to classify the many types of work they do.

Where
- The Strategic Areas are physical divisions, of both people, structures, and models of thinking within AISC. Each of these areas has a tremendous influence and opportunities for innovation, and attention to them as connected areas helps to locate where AISC’s successes and challenges lie.

In addition, this framework is the basis for organising the communication and recording of the many and complex efforts we undertake in this area of our development. The framework has already been an effective nexus for many conversations about environmental development at AISC, with students, our community, and faculty members.

Coordinating this wealth of infrastructure, learning engagement, and community action, is no mean feat. AISC has become adept at tracking the changes in environmental data with the assistance of the LEED ARC platform, and strives to do the same with all other aspects of our relationship with the environment.

As a celebration of our efforts, we were awarded Gold status by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making us the first K-12 school in the world to achieve this status using the real-time ARC platform. Our Gold status comes from our score on 5 categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Human Experience and Transportation.

Energy

Our efforts towards energy can be seen with our commitment to renewable energy.

  • We currently have over 958 solar panels around campus that provide up to 23% of our daily power.

  • We have also installed motion sensor lights that turn off automatically to reduce our energy.

  • We have replaced 70% of traditional Lights with LED lights. They last longer and reduce power consumption.

  • We have enlarged windows which is approximately six feet, in the classrooms to reduce the light needed and save energy.

  • The older AC units are replaced with two New AHU (Air Handling Unit) which in turn has resulted in 30 - 40% less energy consumption per each AHU.

Water

We use world class techniques to reduce the consumption of water.

  • For water, we have a catchment that captures the rainfall, and use it for toilet flushes and to water the grass and plants on campus.

  • We also use a chemical free, German-engineered water treatment process to avoid corrosion and soften water.

  • We have a sewage treatment plant at school for recycling where 60% of water, for toilets and watering plants are used from it.

  • The traditional old taps have been replaced with Control Water Flow in the toilets.

Waste

Most plastic straws are made from type 5 plastic, or polypropylene. This kind of type 5 plastic can be recycled, but it is not accepted in most of the recycling programs. When any plastic remains unrecycled it ends up in oceans hence polluting it. Chennai sea animals face a threat because of these pollutants in the ocean water. At AISC we replaced the plastic straws with paper straws in.

We moved away from plastic cutlery replacing it with wooden cutlery in May 21st 2018. The paper plates also slowly moved away from the AISC campus with a replacement by Areca leaf plates from Jan 15th 2019. This ban also comes into effect as an aftermath of ban proposed by Tamil Nadu government.

AISC uses 5 bin system to dispose daily garbage in the school premises. The school educated the students to use the bins effectively. In the 5 bin system there are 5 different coloured bins for disposing different garbage in the school. For example,

  • Light Green - food waste

  • Dark green- glass particles

  • Black - metal waste

  • Blue - paper

  • Yellow - plastic wastes

Human Experience

We at AISC, are committed to provide better human experience inside the campus.

  • We have CO2 sensors installed in the Gym, Fitness Center, BBT, Cafeteria and Theatre to monitor air quality.  

  • All the chemicals used within the campus, for cleaning are eco-friendly.

Transportation

Transportation is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce pollution and land development effects from transportation, AISC tracks environmental impacts related to commuting.

  • AISC staff are accommodated at a lesser distance from the school to reduce commutation time and thereby decrease pollution.

  • 56 students use AISC bus to commute to school.

  • 500+ students commute by solo driven cars.

  • 75+ staff use carpooling.

While we are proud of our environmental efforts, we are not done! We are always looking for ways that we as a campus can be more eco-friendly, and we hope that our efforts will inspire the generations to come.

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