Charity Begins at Home and Energy Efficiency begins at Campus
Satara/Pune, 30 May /1 June 2013 :
College campuses are the crucibles to mold precious metals called 'youth'.
Injecting the best practices of making the campuses energy efficient is like adding
the value to the molding and learning process.
TERRE Policy Centre forged the partnership between Scholars from Princeton University –USA and the campuses at Pune and Satara in India to promote such best practices.
A group of seven scholars from Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars interacted in one day seminar each at College of Engineering Pune (COEP), one of the top twenty engineering colleges in India and at Yashwantrao Chavan Institute of Science (YCIS) Satara, an emerging center of research and learning in rural India.
COEP held this interactive event as the first activity of their its smart grid project for the campus, supported by the World Bank and decided to continue the interaction with Princeton in coming years to reduce the consumption of its electricity with phased targets.
YCIS presented its plans to reduce its electricity consumption in fifty high schools in rural Maharashtra along with its own campus in Satara. It also agreed to hold annual interactions in Satara and Princeton.
The discussion included the exchange experiences in efforts to make campuses energy efficient and sustainable. The Princeton Scholars and Researchers and faculty from COEP and YCIS presented on this occasion the cutting edge research papers on energy, climate change and environmental issues.
In his video message, Robert H. Socolow, Professor, Princeton University and Director,
Climate and Energy Challenge, Princeton Environmental Institute stated that the
partnership between Indian campuses and Princeton is win-win opportunity and
that he has great faith in the potential of young Indian students who could make
difference in facing a challenge of energy and climate
“Colleges are 'learning' as well as 'earning' centers.
Learning comes by doing and earning comesby saving the electricity and by skill building so
that the young students could be gainfully employed to make energy efficient India"
said Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE and former Director, UNEP.
The event was recognized by Energy Efficient Services Ltd, a joint venture of Ministry of Power of
India as significant initiative. Prof A. Sahasrabudhe, Director COEP and Dr. A Burungule,
Secretary and Principal of YCIS thanked TERRE and Princeton University for the facilitation
of partnership and resolved to continue the efforts to make their campuses more energy efficient.
Contact : Vinita Apte, President TERRE, firstname.lastname@example.org
30 May - Conference in YCIS, Satara
Welcome of Princeton Student's by YCIS professors
Launching of the Conference
Annette Trierweiler, PhD Student of Princeton University (USA)
Exchange of researches and experience
with Satara's Students and Professor
Dan Li, PhD Student from Princeton University (USA)
Minghui Diao, PhD Student of Princeton University (USA)
Hang Deng, PhD Student from Princeton University (USA)
1st June - Conference in COEP, Pune
Exchange with the audience
Prof. B. N. Chaudhari, COEP
Carole Dalin, PhD Student of Princeton University (USA)
and leader of their group to come in India
Tristen Hohman, PhD Student of Princeton University (USA)
Zhong Zheng, PhD Student of Princeton University (USA)