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Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru and its Eco-Friendly Initiatives

A women’s college located @ the Garden city of Bengaluru, India – Mount Carmel College  (MCC) was started  soon after Indian Independence ( in 1948)  by the Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa with just fifty students. Sources reveal that this college is the first women’s college in the Karnataka state of India.

This post provides details on the green activities that are being carried out by this college.

Name of the College :Mount Caramel College
Location: Bengaluru, State of Karnataka, India
Founder:  Mary Grace D’Lima, in 1948
Green Activities: Waste Management and Composting, Water Conservation- Rain Water Harvesting, Recycling, Reverse osmosis, Solar Water Heaters etc, Ban on Plastic in the college campus.

Waste Management and Composting 

In order to keep the premises clean as well as to manage the waste, the college segregates the waste @ source and has kept coloured bins – blue, green and grey in many places in and around the school.

The blue bin is for non-biodegradable stuff such as plastic, green bin for food and a grey bin for paper waste.

The paper waste and the plastic waste are sent for recycling and the food-waste is sent to compost pits that are maintained behind the school premises. The leaves that are swept from the college premises are also fed into these compost pits.

Garbage Segregation and Composting Pits in the College Premises. Image Courtesy –

Water Conservation & Recycling

The college also  has rainwater harvesting pits to prevent water from going waste during periods of rainfall. These are placed at select locations in the college campus, and are  covered to avoid having stagnant water in the open.

The college purifies its drinking water through reverse osmosis and water recycling is also done. For instance, the grey water that comes out of the college kitchen is recycled and used for washing the vessels used in the kitchen as well as for watering the plants. The water that comes out of the bathrooms are also diverted to watering the plants.

The college has a lot of greenery  especially a lot of ornamental plants can be seen in the college premises. The college also has a botanical and herbal garden where plants are grown.

Even during college functions, instead of giving bouquets to the chief guests, ornamental potted plants are given to them.

The college has a lot of greenery. The guests of the colleges are presented with ornamental potted plants instead of cut flowers and bouquets. Image Courtesy: Mountcarmel College Website

Solar Water Heaters @ the College Premises 

Solar water heaters placed on the rooftops of the campus  provide hot water for the hostel, convent as well as the college kitchen.

Solar Heating

Say NO to Plastic!

The college advocates the ban of plastic within the college premises. Food in this college is served in steel plates and cups. The college canteen uses paper bags.

The college management has also banned on serving drinks that come in plastic bottles.  Instead drinks such as Appy Fizz, Fruity etc.. that come in paper cartons are being sold @ their canteens.




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