THE ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY
Vision and Mission
The Environmental Society of St. Stephen’s College (formerly the Wildlife Society) was founded in 1993 with an aim to foster beneficial change for a sustainable future. Fondly known as the EnviSoc, the Society seeks to promote an appreciation of nature’s wonders and the incredible gift that is the Earth, to generate awareness regrading various environmental issues, and to cultivate a sense of responsibility among one and all to preserve and protect our natural environment.
To this end, several initiatives have been undertaken over the years, with some of the notable ones mentioned below. Additionally, through the several events, talks and workshops organised throughout the year and the various online platforms that it is actively present on, the Society strives to create platforms and spaces to not only discuss crucial environmental challenges but also to deliberate on the plausible solutions, with the hope that everyone plays their part in working towards a greener tomorrow!
EnVision: This is an online event spanning a couple of months and entails global participation. It consists several of competitive events like quizzes, case studies, field surveys and debates, with an aim to spread awareness and consciousness about the environment.
Green Diwali: The ‘Cracker Free Diwali Campaign’ has been initiated by the Society against the backdrop of the rising concerns regarding the dismal air quality in Delhi due to reckless burning of crackers around the time of Diwali. The campaign includes competitions, tutorials and informative posts.
Prakriti: This is Society’s Annual Inter College Festival. It is a two to three day event including a plethora of events such as quizzes, lectures, paper presentations, wildlife photography, pictionary, movie screenings, NGO presentations, among others.
Earth Hour: This is observed in the month of March. The universally observed hour is celebrated in College by switching off all the lights and organising cultural activities in the Mess Lawns between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.
Podcasts: A series of podcasts titled ‘To Tree Or Not To Tree’ has been initiated by the Society wherein hosts from the Society talk about different aspects of the environment, with an aim to start conversations on important topics.
Nature Walks: The Society regularly conducts nature walks to educate one and all about the environment and ways of replenishing the same.
Cleanliness Drives: In collaboration with The Social Service League of the College, the Society hosts cleanliness drives around the college and even the entire North campus. This helps in keeping the campus clean for both our green friends and furry ones.
Waste Segregation: The society managed to successfully install a pair of bins near the café with sponsorship from the Rotary Club for waste segregation. These bins were labelled with pictures and multilingual labels to facilitate correct disposal of waste.
Waste Management: The society has been successful in reducing the amount of single-use plastic on campus with the aid from the café staff. It also assists other societies in formulating the environmental policies for their respective events to minimise waste generation and correctly dispose of waste that is collected.
Composting of Waste Generated on Campus: Composting the segregated waste is one of the best ways to prevent biodegradable waste from ending up in landfills. The society seeks to actively work towards finding recyclable waste to provide natural manure for healthy development of the campus greens.
Paper Recycling Campaign: Paper recycling campaigns have been undertaken by the Society as a lot of paper is used in an institution of the scale of College, particularly in the publicity of various society events. In fact, in one particular year, the Society was able to successfully recycle nearly 371 kgs of paper in collaboration with NGO Jaagruti.
E-waste Collection Drive: The Environmental Society has been active in promoting proper collection and disposal of e- waste. In one particular year, the Society collected around 116 kgs of e-waste from students in the college, which got recycled with the help of an NGO. The Society’s well-known waste sculpture competition, “Rags to Riches”, has enthusiastic participation every year. In this competition, the participants are given electronic and other waste found during our waste collection drives.
Tree Mapping on Campus: Each tree in the College has a story and the tree mapping exercise organised by the Society helped in developing a nuanced understanding of their conditions and requirements. This can help in keeping the trees healthy through the various season and annual cycles.
Sterilisation And Vaccination of Campus Dogs: In the past, the Society has conducted dog vaccination drives in collaboration with NGOs. As part of the same, almost all the dogs on campus were given anti-rabies shots and deworming medicines.
Executive Council 2021-2021
Staff Advisor: Divya Singh
President: Mrinal Grover
Vice President: Elizabeth Eldho
Vice President: Tanvi Chauhan
General Secretary: Itee Scott
Treasurer: Sophia Sara Mathew
Co-Editors: Arati Jose, Aliya Khan
Other Executive Council Members: Ishita Pundir, Aravind Ravi, Binit Tete, Yogita
Society Annual Report 2020-2021
Society Annual Report 2020-2021
Society Blog: https://environmentssc.wordpress.com/