In the first formal agreement of its kind, EcoSikh and Khalsa College Charitable Society (KCCS) signed an agreement to pave the way for universities througout Punjab by making strong environmental commitments.
Under the agreement, signed by EcoSikh and Khalsa College Charitable Society’s secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Khalsa College will conduct water and energy audits in all their buildings, earmark 10 percent of lands to organic agriculture, set up a pilot rainwater harvesting pond, plant ‘beris for chirris’ (jujube trees) and other native species to replenish the bird population, and ensure that 10 percent of all energy used in hostels is solar energy. The agreement EcoSikh’s initiative to move Amritsar towards the path of sustainability according to the city’s commitments to the Green Pilgrimage Network, formally convened in Assisi, Italy in November 2011.
Khalsa College Charitable Society’s Joint Secretary and Chairperson and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Punjab Gunbir Singh, also said that the parties would pilot the city’s Green Map, an effort to use mapping technologies to chart out environmental sites. With new efforts underway to increase the use of renewable energy, public transport, water collection systems, and green space in the city, the map will contribute to the public’s awareness of Amritsar’s new environmental initiatives.
Khalsa College Charitable Society also agreed to provide support, skill and resources to mobilize civil society to improve their environmental capacity through energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and public engagement, while adding that they will provide interns to work with EcoSikh on a regular basis.