ISB Updates

World Environment Day 2019

The construction of any building uses tons of material, many of which harm the environment. Additionally, the products used during a particular construction job can also have an impact on the surrounding environment. Some of the damage is inevitable and irrevocable. However, we must take steps in restoring what’s lost and build green buildings.

We have retained parts of natural forest on both our campuses and have built our buildings around them. We enjoy the company of animals and birds on the campuses and have a very safe environment for both humans and animals. We have around 45 species of birds on the Mohali campus and about 70 species of birds on the Hyderabad campus – birds from 15 cm (sparrow) to 91 cm (vulture) are found on both our campuses.

From retaining the natural habitat, we have also made our buildings green. Both the state-of-the-art campuses are interspersed with Indian art and have lush green lawns and trees. The design and architecture of both Mohali and Hyderabad campus follow the LEED Platinum standards. The campuses are self-sustainable with all the amenities and facilities for the students, faculty and the staff located within a 10-15 minute walking radius of the campus centre.

We are aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a significant issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world. This awareness is also passed onto our students. ISB alumnus, Arun Shenoy, Class of 2010, is the Co-founder and Executive Director at GIBSS - a company that is the pioneer and market leader in the Geothermal Air conditioning space in India. The Mohali campus is equipped with GIBBS products that help us reduce operating costs in our buildings by up to 70% through a suite of ultra energy efficient products – Geothermal air conditioning, hot water co-generation and LED/Induction lighting.

The Mohali campus is also a ‘zero discharge’ campus. The campus uses groundwater that’s pulled on its own and uses that water for all its purposes. There are no outgoing lines of sewage from the campus to the Municipality, making the campus a zero-discharge campus. All wastewater and sewage generated on campus are processed on campus and is used on campus as recycled water for horticulture and some for flushing.

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day 2019 is Air Pollution. And we support their initiative – We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe.

Both our campuses are lush green and scenic. The Chief Guests for all our graduations and other guests of ISB are invited to plant a tree on the campus to mark their visit to the campus. Moreover, to celebrate 5, 10, 15 year work anniversaries of the employees, the employees plant a tree on the campus. By doing this, we now have around 60,000 trees in the Hyderabad campus and over 10,000 trees in the Mohali campus.

P.C: Photography club, PGP Co 2012

This World Environment Day, we pledge to ensure the upkeep of our campuses, encourage our students, acquaintances and friends from industry and communities to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve not only the air quality but also the overall quality of living in cities and regions across the world.