Tamil Nadu suffers from the effects of climate change. Drought, soil erosion and water depletion are the main evidence of this. Monsoon rains matter for crop irrigation and water supply, and people and livestock suffer heavily when the monsoon fails or is delayed.
We run the following sustainable development schemes:
• Tree planting – over 300,000 indigenous trees have been planted in the past two years. Our nurseries provide saplings every October.
• Organic farming using bio-fertilisers.
• Water supply management – 120 Ooranies (reservoirs) have been restored and a further 100 rainwater reservoirs built.
• Wind energy – we have a stake in two wind turbines and own one outright
• Waste separation & composting
Innovative projects include:
• Biodigestion – the first biomass composter is being piloted at the Cheranmahadevi campus. It is composting waste generated from all of SCAD’s colleges.
• Biochar – a method of soil conditioning used by farmers to generate heating for cooking and by products for soil conditioning.
• Microbial technology for soil improvement – being trialed at the Krish Vigyan Kendra science centre.