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September 3, 2014

Towards an ecologically sound world - A JLR Initiative

JLR manages its resorts in ecosensitive zones, renowned for their wealth of flora and fauna. Most resorts are located in the vicinity of protected forests and have as their primary mandate, protection of resources. Green Initiatives thus act as operational tools that serve the twin purpose of reducing costs as well as aid in lowering the ecological footprint of the resorts. The greatest challenge in promoting a greener lifestyle is that of raising the sensitivity of the staff. This is the simplest forms of conservation and perhaps the most effective. The change makers in this regard are the resort managers and senior personnel who through a method of carrot and stick promote the “switch-off” policy.

At the micro level, we ensure that nothing remains switched on when rooms are empty. Power savers are being installed in all the new properties and old ones are being upgraded. Air conditioners which are prime guzzlers of electricity are actively discouraged. At a macro level, we promote the use of solar technology. Therefore, most resorts are being equipped with solar heating. The end expectancy is that of near complete usage of heated water from solar based panels. Additionally, most street lights are being replaced by conventional grid based supplies to the solar panel based cheap lighting systems. Similarly, electric cars are being introduced to ensure reduction of pollution and ease mobility in some of the large resorts. Another simple intervention has been that of the use of low energy consuming lights that substantially reduce the electric bill and aid to energy saving.

The Kabini Manifesto on Clean Living

- No plastic in the campus. Whether by reducing intake or by recycling after usage, plastic to be eradicated.
- Segregation to be seamless and effortless in the long run. Plastic, paper, metal, glass, waste plastic, tetrapacks, egg-shells, e-waste, napkins, sachets and their associates to be segregated and respectfully recycled.
- Besides segregation, designate a place to keep waste wood, steel, plumbing material, switches, pipes, wires so that they can be put to use later.
- Plastic Bottles PET, a subset of the larger plastic-chemical industry to be reduced. Hence, install water purification systems at no extra cost and convey the message to guests.
- Recycle A4 papers in its entirety. First use both the sides, then send it to the segregation unit. Get a rubber stamp made that says "We only use recycled paper" and educate the world.
- Start an organic garden. Even if the production is low, the message gets conveyed. And reverse the hesitation over organic products. Instead of the conventional higher rates, sell organic stuff at half the market price of that day and still make money.

- Reuse everything and see innovation happen. First use is made of the tonnes of waste wood lying around, then old pipes and then just about everything. The carpenter can make magic with wood, the plumber saves money by using old pipes and the electrician has enough stock to last a year without fresh purchase.

- Install a consolidated Decentralised Wastewater Treatment System, to take care of the wet waste that is generated in large amounts. This will be the final answer for waste generated in toilets, kitchen and dining areas and if as a result we get bio-gas and reusable water, it reduces energy consumption

- Save energy. First step - replace all bulbs with CFL and thereafter with LED. Reduce usage of the generators. Compel vehicle drivers to increase their fuel efficiency. Move towards solar energy especially for heating solutions. Reduce spillover in the water tank, install power saver switches in the rooms, bath tubs are to be removed.
- Vegetable waste to be used, either by vermicomposting or as in Kabini River Lodge, where the waste is now sold to the milkman who for 30 years had been taking it free. Now they provide five litres of milk daily in lieu of the waste taken.

- Make cycling an essential activity. Reduce dependence on in-house energy requirement of vehicles. Rent out cycles to guests at nominal rates.
- Use waste newspapers and old hammock strings to create carry bags for products sold at our Earth Shop.
- Dry leaves that were burnt are to be collected. The collected material is strewn across the forest inside the campus to convert into humus.

- Old logs to be reused in producing soil. They are kept at strategic places and people are made to understand the utility of insects and other organisms in converting organic matter into soil.
- Repackage the philosophy of treating people who collect waste. One way of doing that is to make good looking dustbins intricately designed that is easy to maintain and extremely attractive. Just by being positioned at a place, people should be attracted to see the dustbin and it is here that we spread the message of cleanliness to them.
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