GREEN AUDIT - A HOLISTIC APPROACH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Optimum resource utilization with minimal environmental disturbance is a key strategy adopted by any organization to successfully achieve its vision and mission. Green audit therefore becomes an integral part to review the planning and its implementation in various aspects of the functionalities of an organization which not only helps strengthen the internal working environment of the organization but also eradicates many bottlenecks inform of abnormal operational practices and unnecessary economic loads. Evaluation of impacts on the natural resources within the premises due to the routine activities of the organization also adds a value to the sustainable development of the organization. The present evaluation of the environmental resources (air, water, soil) of Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar was therefore carried out to study the impact of the institutional activities on these resources. The results revealed that the air, water and soil quality and noise level are well within the prescribed limit and hence the university can be considered as a green and serene place with ideal environment for higher education as on today. However, continuous and regular monitoring of the environmental quality in future is important to ensure the development with the green practice inside the campus.
CHANDAN SAHU, ADITYA KUMAR SINGH, SRADHANJALI BASTI, ANITA MOHANTY, PIPASA ACHARYA, HEMENDRA NATH NAYAK AND SANJAT KUMAR SAHU