Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Development
GIM has always been conscious about the impact of its decisions on the ecosystem around it and has continuously strived to reduce its carbon footprints. Along with measures like rain water harvesting, solar-powered street lamps, treatment of water for reuse, tree plantation drives and many more, the institute has expressed its commitment to this philosophy also through its mission statement which talks about sustainable business and an inclusive society for India and the world. In line with this commitment, the Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Development was officially formed in July 2018 to contribute to GIM's quest for sustainability. The centre started working with three core objectives in mind:
- Knowledge Creation
- 1. To develop a model institute for green campus in India and transform GIM community into a more sustainable community. At the same time, use these processes for action research in the field of sustainable development.
- To help develop knowledge through research in the aforesaid field.
- Knowledge Dissemination
- To increase awareness about green living and sustainable development in the community around us and carry out activities to try to reduce the carbon footprint of the state of Goa and India as a whole.
- Knowledge Application
- To develop a resource centre for sustainable development at GIM for imparting training, providing consultancy and participating in policy making.
- To contribute to the development of start-ups and ventures for sustainable development at the grassroots level.
This centre for excellence believes that every graduate of GIM should be a sustainability ambassador and every employee should be a part of GIM's journey towards environmental sustainability. Over the next five years, the centre plans to contribute largely towards five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by United Nations member states in 2015. These are, SDG6 (Clean water and sanitation), SDG7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG11 (Sustainable cities and communities), SDG12 (Responsible consumption and production) and SDG13 (Climate action).
Activities currently being undertaken:
The various activities currently being undertaken by the centre under these objectives are as described below.
- On 10th August 2019, a 12-hour Sustainability Hackathon was organised at GIM by the centre. The participating student groups worked on two sub-themes- water conservation and management and waste reduction and management at GIM. The best three teams were selected by an expert panel of judges and invited audience live poll. The winning teams got a total cash prize of ₹ 50,000.
- The centre is working on documenting the current efforts at GIM towards sustainability on four aspects - energy management, water management, waste management and developing natural ecosystems.
- A team under the centre is conducting a research to understand and document the initiatives taken by some national level institutes in the country for sustainable campus development.
- During the academic year 2019-20, the centre undertook two projects on sustainable rural development in two villages in Sattari taluka of North Goa. These projects were carried out with the help of first year PGDM students under the GiveGoa activity at GIM.