The Campus

Eco-friendly Campus based on Sustainability Class Rooms

Outside the classroom, children participate in activities that allow them to hone specific talents and demonstrate their hidden inner abilities. Students obtain theoretical and practical experience in the performing arts as a result of their own studies. "Teach me, and I will forget, show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I will never forget." is a very apt proverb in the case of performing arts. Cultural activities help students to develop their overall personality. They gain self-confidence, and the necessary resources provided to them help them develop their specific abilities to achieve a successful life. Students tend to learn and are inspired by music, dance, and performing arts. They get an understanding of different cultures and have an improved sense of the self. Cultural activities help students realise their optimum potential and identify their talents and interests outside of the classroom.

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Greenery and Ventilation

The campus has various green areas, dedicated gardens, organic vegetable kitchen garden, nakshatra garden of medicinal plants. Organic farming and vertical walls/terrace plantation in open spaces is practiced to help reduce the carbon footprint of the building by filtering pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air. The building structure is exposed to direct sunlight, has cross ventilation with entrance windows, and the rooms are kept airy.

Provision to Store Water

Trenches have been constructed along the edges of the grass beds to recharge ground water and water is collected from paved areas. Stored water is re-used for gardening, mopping, and toilet sanitization, as well as for sand, charcoal, and gravel filtering systems. The school intends to develop small ponds on campus wherever possible.

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Rainwater Harvesting

The School’s rooftop rainwater harvesting system ensures that the rainwater is collected from tanks and is directed to an open well for subsurface recharging. The school also has sand and filter units and facilities for waste separation.

Solar Energy

The school has installed roof mounted solar panels to generate its own solar energy which is more economical and sustainable. It also demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship. In addition, it serves to teach and broaden students’ knowledge on energy and environmental aspects respective to the teaching content of all grades. Light Emitting Diode (LED’s) and Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs have been installed throughout the school building which is cost and energy efficient.

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Waste Management

With sustainability, as a core concept, GAV believes that the best way to avoid waste is to Reduce - E-waste, Re-use – Dry Waste and Recycle Wet waste.

  • The school has a vermicomposting tank for composting food waste.
  • Composting units (natural and mechanical) are used to decompose different types of waste produced in the campus.
  • The waste water treatment plant ensures waste water is treated.
  • Segregated bins for dry and wet waste are placed at various places in the school campus. Bio-hazardous medical waste is segregated into labelled bins

Close to Nature

The school campus has been designed and built in a way to give students the feeling of being within the lap of nature. Artificial nests have also been put up in all surrounding trees to attract different species of birds and promote breeding. The school proposes to build a small bird sanctuary under the tree canopy in the near future. The school grows its own organic herbs, vegetables, fruits and other medicinal plants as a part of its ‘Go Organic’ initiative.

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Protecting Nature

GAV is committed towards promoting environmental friendly practices and reduce its carbon footprint. Although, the effects of our actions cannot be reversed, we can work towards restoring the damage done. The school has implemented the following initiatives:

  • In the future a book bank will be set up in the school. At the time of result declaration at the end of the session, students will submit their used books which are in good condition. This will fulfill two purposes firstly, it will provide books to the needy students and secondly, a step towards sustainability.
  • Students are encouraged to eat homemade food, bakery products, lassi and flavored milk thereby eliminating the need of purchasing pre-packaged items.
  • Students are encouraged to bring stainless steel lunch boxes instead of plastic ones.
  • Use of plastic covers on books or notebooks is not permitted.