NITTE (Deemed to be University) is proactively involved in water conservation mission. It has adopted environmentally friendly methods for water conservation and optimum utilization of water. Recycled water is used for maintaining the lush green landscape all-round the year. Rain water harvesting is adopted in all three Campuses of the University. Utilisation of open wells and water bodies for rainwater harvesting is practiced. Open wells are the preferred source of water in place of borewells. Its policies and strategies are focused on protection, conservation and sustainable use of its precious freshwater resources.The university conducts environment, energy and green audits.
NitteDU tracks water requirements, waste water generation and water recycling. This is done to inform policy decisions and to create awareness about water conservation amongst it’s stakeholders.
Being located in region which receives high rainfall during the monsoon season, NitteDU makes efforts to manage and utilize rainwater effectively. Storm water drains separate from the general drainage system are in place.
Rainwater from roofs is collected using separate pipelines. This water is collected in raw water storage tanks which is then treated in a WTP consisting of pressure sand filter and activated carbon filter. Additionally, chlorine demand of the water is assessed and required dosage (Sodium hypochlorite diluted to 10%) is provided using automatic dosage pumps. The water is used for all domestic purposes.
The volume of rainwater in the three campuses is as follows:
Building practices for water conservation
NitteDU consciously incorporates water conservation practices while designing and constructing buildings on its campus.
Use of recycled water for gardening and toilet flushing purposes. The wastewater is collected and treated in Sewage Treatment Plants (STP). Three campus have individual STPs. The KSHEMA campus has a STP plant of handling capacity of 4,00,000 liters/day. University and Hospital campus have a plant of 8,00,000 liters/day and Paneer campus has a plant handling 2,50,000 liters/day.
All students, employees and visitors to the constituent units, sections, and centres of NitteDU have free access to clean drinking water. Drinking water is available through UV based water purifier dispensers. The quality of water is assessed periodically through both in-house and external testing.
All major buildings have separate storage facilities for potable and non-potable water. Segregated storage tanks and pipelines are available for potable water, stormwater and grey water.
The KSHEMA campus as well as Paneer campus have medicinal gardens. A total of 125 medicinal plants are planted and cataloged for its scientific name, common name, medicinal uses and their major chemical components reported.
The A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences is in the University Campus. Although this campus has the least green cover as compared to Paneer or Medical College campus, they have a good practice that targets the improvement of indoor air quality. Every common room has indoor plants which is well tended and provides healthy oxygen rich air and reduce the carbon-di-oxide released by the human occupants. The Institute has always supported the concept of Clean City Green City in college by various initiatives.
Nitte Institute of Architecture has developed a kitchen garden as well as a terrace garden to educate the students on the design of urban horticultural practices. The kitchen garden has several vegetable crops and the a terrace garden has over 50 fruit trees such as Figs, Jamoon, Chikoo, Guava, Mango, Lemon etc.
The Students of Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research has a good practice of tree adoption. Undergraduate student volunteers have adopted several trees on campus. They ensure proper watering and care during the dry months of summer. Weak saplings are preferred for adoption over healthy trees.
Students actively participate in the Swachh Bharath Programs conducted regularly by the NSS unit of the University. 39 programs with nearly 4000 students and staff participation was recorded over a period for last four years. Vanamahostava is conducted during the first week of July by tree planting and conducting awareness programs. The world environment day is also conducted in the campus by planting saplings and the theme of the United Nation is deliberated eg. “Connecting people to Nature” in 2017 and “Beat plastic pollution” in 2018.
Planting a sapling on birthdays is like leaving something memorable for the campus community and one can enjoy that excitement whenever they visit the campus later in life. Birthdays can be made memorable and in turn, we can improve the biodiversity of the university campus. Behalf of Nitte University Green Initiative Project (NUGIP) started “Plant a Tree on Your Birthday” in KSHEMA campus for the teaching staff. The initiative, ‘Plant a Tree on your Birthday’ was launched with the first sapling sharing its birthday with Prof. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Dean, KSHEMA and Prof. Dr. Sukanya Shetty, HOD, Biochemistry. Dr. Jayaprakash Shetty, Registrar KSHEMA, Dr. Smith Hegde, NUGIP Co-ordinator, Dr. Sumalatha Shetty, NSS Co-ordinator, Mr. Shashi kumar Shetty, NUGIP Green Officer (KSHEMA Campus), Dr. Nanjesh and Dr. Sachin, NSS Program Officer were present on the event.
Regular planting drives are conducted to maintain a green and clean campus. Recommendation made by the committee is implemented in the new developmental plans of the University. The University campus conducts regular air and water quality testing to confirm the availability of healthy water and air. The tests are conducted by an independent agency and validated. All parameters tested are well within the permissible limits. Thus clean air and water supply is maintained on campus.
Staff, students and other employees are strongly encouraged to avail the common transport facilities provided by the University. There are 16 buses which cater to the common mode of transportation. An additional of 6 vans of 14 seater capacity regularly commute between campuses and city to transport staff, students and other employees of the University.
The staff and students of the University have conducted several programs in-house, as well as in public schools to create awareness on cleanliness, vaccination and hygiene.
NitteDU is poised to expand its campus in Mangalore. A 100-acre parcel of land near the current campus has been ear-marked for development of new campus. In line with its commitment to creating sustainable and re-generative spaces that have minimal impact on the environment, the masterplan for developing these associated grounds is based on key strategies specific to the site that helps NitteDU set exemplary standards in the domain of sustainable landscapes.
India has pledged in the Paris Agreement 2015 to reduce emissions by 30-35% below the 2005 emission intensity of GDP by 2030. Hence aligning with the 8 missions identified under National Action Plan for Climate Change, the following fundamental concepts have been considered in the campus master planning process: