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Two cradles bag green tag

Jamshedpur, July 18: Two private schools in the city earned the green tag on a national platform, competing with 15,000 cradles across India, from which only 144 were handpicked to qualify for awards.

Jusco School (South Park) and Motilal Nehru Public School were the only schools from Jharkhand to bag Gobar Times Green School Award for 2010-2011. New Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit presented the awards constituted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), to representatives of the two cradles on July 15 at the upscale India Habitat Centre in the national capital.

Jusco School was adjudged as one of the top 10 change-makers in India, while Motilal Nehru Public School was awarded the best resource manager.

Jusco School had taken up various activities, including sanitation, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, energy recycling and conservation. It scored 429 out of 500 and ranked eighth out of 10 schools in India. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya from Andhra Pradesh had bagged the top slot with 498 points.

“Students, known as green ambassadors, are on a mission to ‘live green, love green, think green’ through environment rallies, water and energy reduction drive,” beamed eco-club co-ordinator Mili Sinha.

Motilal Nehru Public School has focussed on on water conservation. “We started rainwater harvesting. And all students focused on minute details such as turning off taps when not in use,” said principal Ashu Tiwary. The cradle earned 82.29 points out of 100 in its category.

Gobar Times awards are being handed out since 2006 under the CSE’s Green Schools Programme. Under this, schools across India carry out rigorous self-audit on environmental practices on campus and follow a set of CSE guidelines. In November 2010, Tata Steel, in association with CSE, launched the programme across 42 private schools in Jamshedpur.

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