Climate change is now a reality and has far reaching consequences across the globe. South-Asia is among the most vulnerable spots to feel the pinch of the global weather aberrations. The summer of 2016 recorded unusually high temperatures in several parts of the globe including Bangalore where the temperatures hit a record high of 40 Degree C.
With constant power cuts during the dry season and the oppressive heat, we at Public Affairs Centre decided to tap the might of the sun through solar cells. We have now installed a 9.9 KWP Solar PV Hybrid Power Plant which on an average will generate 50 units of power per day and will be sufficient to meet the requirements of running our office. It will also generate power during weekends – Saturday and Sunday which will be fed in the Electricity provider’s (BESCOM) Grid as surplus. We have an automated system to monitor the daily Solar Power Generation and utilisation as part of the plant.
We have also set-up a Weather Monitoring Station within the Campus which would hold stock of weather conditions in the vicinity and also helps us track the difference that our initiative has brought between our Campus and the general weather conditions of the city. This data can be accessed at YUKTIX.
With these initiatives in place, we looked into the next most important aspect of going Green and that is water. Water is one of the most basic requirements for a human being. Apart from a man’s existential need for water, it is used in a lot of activities we engage in. Domestic use and industrial use make water a valuable resource for a nation and its economy. Public Affairs Centre has a plot area of two acres. This area receives an average rainfall of 870mm per year. On an average there are 60 annual rainy days in a year. It is estimated that the PAC campus area could harvest 7 million litres of water. PAC office building roof area is 736 m2 and it has the potential of harvesting 543,959 litres from the roof area alone.
Apart from these major game changers, we have taken the step further by digging compost pits in the unused areas of our campus where wet-waste is collected, composted and used for small-scale agricultural practices within the campus.
We have adopted eco-friendly, organic crop-growing methods in a small strip of land within the campus where we grow crops such as Ladies-Finger, Tomatoes, Chillies, Radish, Spinach and many more. We also have fruit trees such as Banana, Chikoo, Mangoes and a few coconut trees. We don’t intend to stop at this. At our campus, we have a half-acre plot where we have decided to grow trees that would pump more oxygen into the atmosphere while also beautifying our campus. With all these initiative set in place, we at Public Affairs Centre are proud to declare that we have made our campus Carbon-Neutral, thereby being leading the way in yet another field.