The new AAETI campus will serve as a technology demonstration and incubating centre for the development and propagation of environmentally sound technologies and services. It will be the vehicle that will allow CSE to upscale and diversify our existing training programmes for India, South Asia and others in the developing world.
CSE is engaged in scaling up its training and capacity-building activities and is setting-up the Anil Agarwal Environmental Training Institute at Nimli village in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The 11-acre site is about 100 km from Delhi and is well-linked by road. AAETI’s primary objective is to provide training and undertake state-of-the-art research activities. It would also serve as a technology incubation centre and one-of-its-kind platform for scientists, policy makers, NGOs, and local communities to interact and exchange ideas on best practices. A state-of-the-art residential facility for the Institute is being developed at Nimli. We expect AAETI to be operational in early 2015.
It will be one of the “greenest” campuses in the country without spending extravagant spending by using innovative but cost-effective technologies, minimising wastage and optimising the use of available resources. Five key areas have been identified to develop initiatives that will help meet our “green campus goals – site planning, material selection and construction, energy use, water and waste management.
* Maintaining natural slopes and drainage patterns.
* Optimum orientation of buildings and openings to maximize the use of daylight and natural ventilation and improving thermal comfort.
* Using ecological materials and construction technologies such as rammed earth and fly ash bricks for walls, and bamboo for the roof of the academic and administrative buildings. All construction materials used in the project shall be responsibly sourced by using locally available, recycled and /or waste material wherever possible.
* Solar energy will be used to meet a major portion of the energy requirements of the campus.
* Low energy consuming lights, fans,and equipment will be used along with passive/ low-energy cooling and heating systems such as stack ventilation and misting. The use of air-conditioning will be restricted to the minimum, thus making the building energy efficient.
* Waste water will be treated using natural decentralized systems and then used for irrigation and toilets. All rain water falling on or flowing into the site will be collected and allowed to recharge ground water or stored for future use using a network of swales, channels, recharge pits and storage tanks. CSE is also planning a Water Innovation and Information Centre on the campus, which will be used to disseminate information and train people.
* The landscaping of the site will be planned using hardy, native and environmentally appropriate plant and tree species to minimize the need for irrigation. Parts of the site will be used for organic farming that will meet some needs of those living on campus.
* The campus will also compost all food and organic waste and have designated areas to segregate garbage so that it can be forwarded for recycling.