#GreaterNoida school is India’s ‘greenest’
Noida: Father Agnel School in Greater Noida’s Sector Beta 2 pipped 500 schools from across the country to emerge as the ‘greenest school’.
The award given away by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on February 23 came as part of a green school programme promoted by the CSE.
Father Agnel had been systematically turning green over the last two years after signing up with the CSE’s programme. The second prize went to Queen’s Valley School, Dwarka (Delhi), and the third to the Government Senior Secondary School, Devnagar (Shimla).
“We gradually weeded out junk food and polythene use on our school campus, started running a lot of solar panels. We have kept medicinal plants on the campus, and are preserving our green areas. Our degradable waste is sent to the Greater Noida Authority for composting, paper waste is recycled. The next step is to manage our e-waste and we are working on it,” said Smita Khan, geography teacher who is also the school coordinator for the schools’s environment-friendly drive.
Fr Agnel doesn’t have a canteen. “We are very watchful of our water and energy consumption on the campus as well. We had signed up for this drive two years ago, and it took us that long to become the top-most green school in India,” Khan said.