The GRIHA-Prakriti green rating system was launched in a joint collaboration of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH) for schools in India. It is a learning cum rating process and aims to create a more sustainable education system by imparting environmentally ethical values among students and faculty.
The rating system
The system constitutes of two modules—training by Prakriti followed by the rating facilitated through Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment(GRIHA) to evaluate the energy and environmental performances of a school. Currently, the rating has been designed for existing day schools in urban areas. The rating will take place in two stages, the first being based on a proforma based self assessment of the existing performance, and the second recommending retrofits to be conducted by a team of experts. After implementing the recommended measures, the school shall have a choice to re-evaluate its facilities and upgrade the level of rating. The categories under which the assessment shall be conducted include site planning, carbon footprint, energy and water efficiency, renewable energy utilisation, indoor environmental quality and solid waste management.
This rating provides a road map for the schools to improve upon their environment and can be used as an educational tool to impart awareness of environment and ecology, and the necessities to safeguard it. It also develops healthier and greener lifestyles and reduces of wasteful consumption among youth. Moreover, the rating shall be through a participatory process that shall engage with the management, students, faculty and other members of the school. The hands-on evaluation will allow students to develop environmentally responsible attitudes and lead a greener lifestyle.
The GRIHA-Prakriti rating for ‘green’ schools were launched on 16th January 2014, at the GRIHA Summit in New Delhi.