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Tamil Nadu Government Introduces Green Projects with United Nations Environment Programme

The government of Tamil Nadu rolls out Tide Turner, Green School and Urban Cooling Initiatives with the United Nations Environment Programme on the sidelines of the G-20 Environment and Sustainability Summit at Chennai.

July 28, 2023. By Nivedita Ojha

The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Forests Department, Government of Tamil Nadu (ECCF) introduced several Green Initiatives in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The government of Tamil Nadu rolls out Tide Turner, Green School and Urban Cooling Initiatives with the United Nations Environment Programme on the sidelines of the G-20 Environment and Sustainability Summit at Chennai.

The initiatives by the State Environment, Climate Change and Forests department were introduced by Inger Anderson, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organised in Kalaivanar Arangam in the presence of State Environment and Climate Change Minister Siva V Meyyanathan, Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy of Denmark, Dan Jannik Jorgensen, and TN Additional Chief Secretary Supriya Sahu.

According to the treaty, UNEP and the Government of Tamil Nadu will cooperate on a range of issues, including sustainable cooling, plastic waste management, and environmental education.

25 schools have been selected to commission various green measures including energy efficiency by utilising solar lighting and use of solar pumps, installing solar borewells, adapting rainwater harvesting, composting, creating vegetable gardens, medicinal plant gardens and also raising fruit-bearing trees, reducing water use, recycling of wastewater, creating a plastic-free environment, etc.

These schools will give an idea to other educational institutions, and they will be ranked on a green index to create a repository of information on green initiatives.

The amount of INR 5 crore has been allocated for this scheme.
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