Environment and Sustainability

Committed to the Environment, Nature, Sustainability, Conservation and Community

India produces almost 62 MT of waste every year. Out of this waste less than 60% is collected and hardly 15% is processed. More than 75% of waste is dumped without processing. Landfills rank 3rd in terms of greenhouse gas emission in India.  Under eleventh Sustainable Development Goal of United Nation cities and human settlements must be made inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. WFI plays a vital role in making the city greener and cleaner. We believe in closing the cycle of waste generation.

#WomenCleanIndia is an initiative towards making India Cleaner and greener. We have noticed and realized over the time that there is a huge gap in government efforts and their results in making this city sustainable. This gap can only be filled by non-government organizations by helping the government in spreading the message at large scale. Under 11th Sustainable Development Goal of the UN, cities and human settlements must be made inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. #WomenCleanIndia takes initiatives like sensitizing people, educating students of schools and colleges, corporate, conducting tree plantation drives to make the capital city greener and cleaner.  We believe in completing the life-cycle of waste management.

RAINWATER HARVESTING-

National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi occupies an area of 1483 sq. km. The total population of NCT Delhi, as per the census 2011 is 167.53 lakhs. The total water requirement for drinking and domestic purposes works out to be 927 MGD. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) supplies 815 MGD (including around 100 MGD from groundwater). The deficit in drinking water supply works out to be 112 MGD. The groundwater resources of the district though over exploited, it can partially meet deficit in drinking water supply. The normal annual rainfall of NCT Delhi is 611.8 mm. About 81% of the annual rainfall is received during the monsoon months July, August and September. The rest of the annual rainfall is received in the form of winter rain. The depth to water level recorded in NCT Delhi during May 2015 ranges from 1.20 to 62.22 meter below ground level (m bgl). About 50% wells of South district show more than 40 m bgl water level and 19% wells have 20 to 40 m bgl water level. In New Delhi and Southwest districts, water level in the range of 10 to 20 m bgl is shown by 57% and 35% wells respectively. When surface water such as rivers and lakes are inadequate to meet our demand then we must depend on ground water. Due to rapid urbanization and Deforestation recharging of ground water has diminished. Excessive tapping of ground water, through numerous boreholes, has led to a decline in the water table. In order to increase food production, we need more and more water for irrigation Thus, there is an urgent need for conservation of water. The augmentation of ground water by rainwater harvesting, is the need of the hour. Rainwater harvesting is collection and storage of rainwater that runs off from roof tops, parks, roads, open grounds, etc. This water should be either stored or recharged into the ground water.

Sensitized almost 12600 students Engaged with almost 400 employees under employee engagement program Run a forum of about 22 environmentalists Working with Govt as well as private schools

COMPOST MAKING

Composting can take place at many levels – from rural to urban in backyard, block, neighborhood, schools, community, and regional. There are many methods and sizes. Large-scale centralized facilities can serve wide geographic areas and divert significant quantities of organic materials from disposal. When composting is small-scale and locally based, community participation and education can flourish. When materials are collected and transported out of the community for processing, few  of these benefits are realized at the local level. In addition, community-scale operations can move from concept to operation in a relatively short time frame. And community composting can build critical support for and participation in future citywide food scrap recovery programs. Composting locally at the neighborhood or community-level yields many other benefits:

  1. Social inclusion and empowerment
  2. Greener neighborhoods
  3. Improved local soils
  4. Enhanced food security
  5. Less truck traffic hauling garbage
  6. More local jobs,
  7. Increased composting know-how and skills within the local workforce that is reinforced in the next generation.

VERTICAL GARDENS

As cities become more crowded and dependent on apartment living (by 2050, almost 80% of the earths population will be living in urban centres), fewer of us have access to garden space. One creative solution to this has been the development of innovative urban gardens, including rooftop farms, balcony herb gardens and vertical gardens in the inner city. Vertical gardens don’t just look good; they DO good for the planet as well! Benefits of vertical gardens:

  1. Reduce the carbon footprint of a building
  2. Quality of the air is improved
  3. Reduce heat absorption
  4. Significant energy savings on air-conditioning during the warmer parts of the year
  5. Environmental benefits
  6. Herbal Gardens

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