Message from Meghna Ghai Puri, President, WWI
"The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are humanity's most ambitious plan for a better world. WWI is proud to have pledged to take action in order to meet and support these goals for a sustainable future and to reduce the institute's carbon footprint. Whether it's through student-led environmental drives and social cells on campus, student films and academic projects embedded in our curriculum that benefit a social cause or collaborating with eco-friendly and sustainable brands for corporate gifting, we're committed to making a difference. As educators, we have a great opportunity to create a very socially conscious institute and graduates who learn about these goals and develop insights into critical issues around the world, such as lack of access to clean water, poverty, hunger, and gender equality. This helps them to understand the unique challenges that communities all over the world face that they may not have been aware of previously. This knowledge fosters a sense of global connection and empathy for the entire planet. Together, with teachers and students, we can be a powerful force in achieving the United Nations' vision of a more peaceful, healthy, and equitable world by taking small and meaningful steps every day."
PET BOTTLE CRUSHING MACHINE
To contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals in our own small way, we have now installed a PET Bottle crushing machine near the stilt area. We all know that Plastic pollution is now one of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. Plastic bottles are a major contributor to the amount of plastics that end up in landfills and oceans. Each one of us can help the planet by reducing waste and adopting a sustainable lifestyle and firmly believe that small steps can go a long way.
BIODEGRADABLE SANITARY NAPKIN DISPENSER IN GIRLS' WASHROOMS
We have a biodegradable sanitary napkin dispenser in most girls’ washrooms on campus. Students can purchase a sanitary napkin from the dispenser in case of an emergency or otherwise. The collected funds will be used to tend to our furry friends on campus.
GENDER-NEUTRAL WASHROOM AND ACCESSIBLE WASHROOMS
All of us at Whistling Woods have always endeavoured to be a truly inclusive community and create an atmosphere wherein each one feels a part of the community. We are, therefore, proud to announce that under our student led initiatives 'Khwaab' and 'Embrace' we now have a Gender-Neutral Washroom and accessible washrooms.
STREET PLAY BY THE STUDENTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
WWI Students from the Actors' Studio showcased a street play on 'Climate Change'. The students attempted to raise awareness around how everyday activities cause irreversible changes in the earth's atmosphere and can significantly alter the planet's balance. The play helped the students learn the value of teamwork and initiating change and also helped them gain the confidence to perform in public.
GENDER SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP
WWI's social cell Khwaab hosted a Gender Sensitization Workshop for all staff and faculty on July 29. The workshop centred on gaining a better understanding of sex assigned at birth, gender diversity, and various sexualities. The workshop also covered sensitively dealing with gender sensitization issues and removing any unconscious bias.
One of the sustainable development goals that we actively support on WWI campus is Good Health and Wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty. This is why we have created the Calm Corner. A place for students, staff, and faculty to pause, take a break from the stresses of the day, and find some peace and quiet. We recognise that the rush of everyday life can often take a toll on our well-being. This is why we dedicated a room called the calm corner, where we encourage students and faculty alike to find a quiet place to unwind and relax during the day. The room has a massage chair, meditation guides, yoga practises, a reading nook, art supplies, and journaling supplies. There is truly something here for everyone!
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
On the World Environment Day, a beautiful little kitchen garden was planted in collaboration with Movement India Teams at Children's Aid Society, Umerkhadi, Mumbai. The Home houses both children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with the law under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000. A total of 25 saplings (ranging from curry leaves to lemon grass, chilli to lime and even roses) were planted across the premises. with help from the Whistling Woods & Movement India Teams as well as the Shelter Home staff.
RECYCLED COPIER PAPER
We made the switch! Never feeling guilty about taking that printout ever again. We are attempting to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet one print at a time by switching to recycled copier paper on campus.
As part of their final semester fashion collection submission, our School of Fashion students design compostable tees that are fully biodegradable and compostable.
Miniature Set Design Workshop
Every year, our production design students travel to one of the cities in the country, then return to create a detailed miniature set depicting their observations of the houses, infrastructure, and location of the visit. We stopped using Thermocol for such projects a few years ago and now use materials like wood, plywood, reusable fibreglass, stones, and soil, the majority of which is re-used from previous years' projects.
Every year, Whistling Woods awards scholarships to NGO Kids in order to bridge gaps and provide equal access to quality education for all.
Click here to check out some of the films created by WWI students and alumni creating awareness around about the SDGs.