Earth Care Awards presented to Green Heroes
The fifth edition of the Earth Care Awards, organized by JSW Foundation, felicitated Kymore Cement Works and ACC Limited, Madhya Pradesh for developing alternate fuels. The award presented to Kymore Cement works, ACC Limited is an acknowledgement of their use of alternate fuel resource and raw material management and the improvement of their plant efficiency to derive energy efficiency.
The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India (AKRSP) bagged ‘Community based Mitigation and Adaptation for Climate Change’ award for decentralizing water management in villages. Farmland Rainwater Harvesting Systems, which developed a 'V-Wire injection well' technology for runoff rainwater harvesting in Karnataka, won the 'Innovations for Climate Protection' award.
The revival of salt-tolerant rice varieties in the vulnerable Sundarbans Delta region by ENDEV-Society for Environment & Development and Lutheran World Service Trust led them to the Earth Care Award. Their efforts to create community-level institutions such as seed banks for the conservation of these varieties have earned them the award.
Tata Consultancy Services received an award for green house gases emission reduction in industry. Besides implementing green interventions across its data centres, TCS has also taken positive steps in biodiversity conservation, e-waste management and increasing power-use efficiency.
The jury of the award ceremony comprised McKinsey's Rajat Gupta, retired civil servant Shailaja Chandra, M S Swaminathan, Chairman of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT), Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director of the Centre for Environment Education, TERRE Policy Centre's Chairperson Rajendra Shende, Pradip Shah, the Chairman of IndiaAsia Fund Advisors and the Centre for Development Studies Director, Aneeta Benninger.
-OneWorld Foundation India