The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation bagged the first prize under the Sant Gadgebaba Nagari Swachhata Abhiyan, an urban cleanliness awards programme. The prize includes a cash award of र35 lakh, a memento and a citation. The Maharashtra Government had organised the clean city competition in two groups. The criteria for the competition were water supply
Choosing a holiday destination rarely features cleanliness on the grid analysis. It’s all about recreation and relaxation and getting away from a monotonous routine. So here I am on the long and winding road from Coimbatore to Ooty…
Over the last two years, there has been many corrections made in the practices and it has been realized that one can be more efficient. Major improvement came with people adjusting and doing business a different way. In addition to manufacturers offering smarter product technologies and distributors offering more value-added services, cleaning strategy thinking also
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA, has announced the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world. In a keynote address at the 2011 AfricaSan Conference in Kigali, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program, called on donors, governments,
EcoLogo is a third-party, multi-attribute eco-labeling programme approved by the Global Ecolabelling Network, an international association of eco-labeling programmes. EcoLogo released its newly-revised environmental standard to strengthen the health and environmental requirements for certification of hard surface cleaners, specifically limiting the use of asthmagens and excluding substances that are harmful to humans or the environment.
Floor cleaning equipment manufacturer Fimap SpA, Italy, recently received ‘Top Performance 2010’ award from the Italian Quality Certification Bureau. The award founded in 2005 is assigned every year to the organisation which having been certified for at least three years, has demonstrated consistent quality performance at a level that meets the judges’ strict criteria. The
Pune is witnessing a sharp increase in the number of environment-conscious builders as well as individuals. Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are being tried out to save electricity and garbage collected daily from apartment buildings are converted into manure for roof-top gardening. The Pune Municipal Corporation is encouraging citizens to take up environment-friendly measures, including solar,
RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, has over the past year collected and used close to 17 lakh litres of rainwater. This is the result of a project undertaken alongwith Bangalore based Biome Environmental, which is engaged in ecological architecture and responsible water practices, to store the rooftop rainwater and use it in day to day
About 10 years ago, I was attending a US Green Building Council meeting where Jan Beyea, the facility manager for the National Audubon Society, was reporting on the “greening” of the Audubon House in New York City. The building used interior paints containing no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Furnishings avoided plywood, glues, PVC plastics and
Some of the simple treatments of drinking water at any given point of time, or just after an emergency, are enumerated below.