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   "Ask not what the Environment can do for us but what we can do for the Environment."
 
beach clean-up exercise As a continuation of our efforts towards environment awareness during the festive season of Ganesh Utsav, a clean-up was organised at Juhu beach after the last day of immersions. We were supported by students from Rizvi Catering College, Kamat Institute of Catering College, Dadar Catering along with members of the Indian Navy Dockyard ALM and Juhu ALM.

ALM contest
Two years back, on June 5, 2002, The Orchid ALM Trust was set up, consisting of people who really know

and care about our environment. At the onset, the trust’s main objective was to carry out activities that would clean and green Mumbai, to create environmental consciousness amongst its citizens and to motivate them to partner with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) towards making the city a better place to live in.

Over the past two years, the various activities carried out by the ALM include promoting the creation of ALMs and assisting the existing ones, with the cooperation and support of the MCGM and US-AEP/USAID. Among the various activities organised by The Orchid ALM Trust was the ALM contest that was conducted for the first time in Mumbai. Aimed to incentivize the exisiting ALM and create awareness amongst all on its benefits, the contest hoped to encourage setting up more of the kind. The contest was conducted with the support of the BMC, where waste segregation was the most qualifying point. Recently, the award winners were felicitated in a ceremony. Shri Johny Joseph, Municipal Commissioner, MCGM was the chief guest at the function and he gave away the awards to the winners at a function held at The Orchid.

bus ek minute
The Orchid’s Green team organised an extempore speech contest for our internal team members in September 2004. Participants were to speak for a minute on an environmental topic, which was given on the spot. Topics ranged from the very serious, ‘Air Pollution’ to the hilarious, ‘If I were an earthworm in the composting pit’. There were about 30 participants from which three winners were selected.

greening sri lanka
Post LTTE, the Sri Lankan hotels who have been expecting to see a boost in the tourism industry, have not come with up with a technically sound plan and like most hotels are not inclined towards being eco-friendly. To encourage a mass move towards eco-friendlier options, Mr. Kannampilly from The Orchid gave a presentation on sustaining energy efficiency programmes in hotels. Most of the hotels were represented at the presentation. The participants were encouaged to look at economics from a different perspective – that saving energy and light eventually leads to long-term monetary benefits. A new software that allows hotels to benchmark against set indicators, assisting in understanding their consumption patterns against the ideal values was also explained to them. This model is being currently modified by The Orchid and Alliance to save energy to suit the Sri Lankan hotel requirements.

Further to the visit, 15 engineers of various hotels visited The Orchid for a three-day workshop. Talks by various experts including a visit to all our three properties to discover and see the energy efficiency techniques in action was arranged.

nirmalya project
Every year Mumbai celebrates Ganesh Utsav – a festival honouring the deity Ganpati with great fervour. At the end of the ten-day festival, the idols are usually immersed in the lakes, creeks or the ocean. Along with the idol, are immersed various offerings, which include flowers, garlands and the décor. The Orchid took the initiative of helping to minimise the damage to our water sources by conducting a project whereby these offerings can be converted into organic manure instead of being dumped directly into the sea. The Orchid, in association with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation conducted a vermicomposting project of these floral offerings, commonly known as Nirmalaya. This involved collection of floral offerings made during the festive season, composting and creating organic manure. This was then distributed to interested ALMs. Dr. Sangole and Mrs. Sangole of the Pestom Sagar ALM association guided us through the initial process. All-in-all, about 200 tonnes of Nirmalaya was collected and consequently placed in vermiculture pits in a space at the Gorai landfill site provided by the BMC. The Orchid also distributed pamphlets to all the Ganesh Utsav Mandals (stalls) and on the beaches during the immersions extolling all to segregate waste and place the same in the Nirmalaya Kalash.

earth day
On Earth Day, The Orchid distributed Tulsi plants to all corporates. An environment message was carried on these pots about The Orchid’s commitment to green the city. Through this, we aim to make corporates more ecosensitive and reinforce our mission to garner more support to protect the environment.

world no tobacco day
Did you know that smoking reduces the rate of lung growth and it can hamper the level of maximum lung function? Did you know that tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for disease? Tobacco not only kills people at the height of their productivity leaving whole families without breadwinners, the high public health cost of treating tobacco-caused diseases is also high. Smoking puts you and others at risk. It can lead to major health problems such as lung cancer and heart disease. It is highly important to create awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and every year May 31 is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day around the world. The member states of the World Health Organisation created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.

This year, on May 31, World No Tobacco Day, The Orchid supported Cancer Patient’s Aid Association (CPAA) in their cancer detection camp. This was a free check up camp organised jointly by The Orchid and CPAA at Hutatma chowk. All citizens of Mumbai could get a free check up by qualified doctors. Volunteers also enacted a skit on the ill effects of tobacco and smoking. This was particularly relevant as there is an urgent need to spread the message about the dangers of tobacco.

world environment day
On June 5 - World Environment Day, The Orchid felicitated five Eco-Citizens who have made a difference to the environment. Suneel Parasnis, Regional Director, US AEP, Prof. Dr. Shyam Asolekar, IIT, Mumbai, Shrikrishna Bhagwat, Former ALM Officer with BMC, Debi Goenka,

Crusader and Active BEAG Member and Usha Kiran, Save Crusader were felicitated by the former Sheriff of Mumbai V. Shantaram. V. Ranganathan, Former Municipal Commissioner and Mr. Param Kanampilly, Director, The Orchid also graced the occasion. The Orchid also presented a humorous skit on the need to save the environment. The skit scripted and directed entirely by the Green Team of The Orchid was based around a dialogue between Yamraj and Chitragupt, wherein Yamraj takes away the lives of the people who pollute the environment.

Spreading the Message Through Environment Days
say no to flowers
As a run up to February 14, Valentine's Day, The Orchid Ecotel organised a programme - 'Say no to Flowers' on February 10, 2004. On Valentine's Day, as on various occasions, several flowers are usually distributed. The Orchid Ecotel decided to use the opportunity to tell individuals that it would be a better idea to give away saplings as gifts as opposed to flowers that wither and fade away. The Orchid Hotel invited students from Ryan International School to sensitise them about the need to conserve the environment. Mr. Vithal Kamat addressed them and imparted information on The Orchid as an ecotel. The students were also taken on a tour within The Orchid. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Anish Andheria, naturalist, Sanctuary Magazine, who stressed on the need to 'Save the Tiger' and emphasised the importance of each living creature in the web of life.
 

Mr. Kamat, CMD, explaining
the 4Bs in the theory of
waste segregation to students of Ryan International School. (pic 1)

eco-holi
On March 5, 2004, The Orchid Hotel decided to colour Holi with different colours. The hotel wanted to produce colours that are environment friendly. This opportunity was also apt in terms of creating an awareness of safer ways of celebrating and rejoicing. Environmentally friendly colours that were non-toxic were procured. The Green Team celebrated the same with street children from Aamchi Kholi. The Orchid's green team played with the kids and also treated them to a delicious high tea. We are glad to say that we managed to achieve the aim, which was to make one day in the kids' life colourful and also create awareness on the importance of playing holi safely without polluting the environment.
 


Street kids playing with the orgnic colours we created,
with the Green Team.
(Pic 2)


world water day
The Orchid's Green Team on the occasion of World Water Day enacted a skit 'Agar paani na ho toh' at Churchgate station from 4.00 to 6 p.m. The hilarious but hard-hitting skit enumerated the perils of wasting water. It enumerated three different scenes of everyday life without water. The play threw light on a scenario of a world without water. The play concluded by emphasising to the audience about the need to save water today if we are to survive tomorrow. The skit also spoke about how each one of us can contribute by saving water in little ways such as not running the tap while brushing or by recycling water. Pamphlets containing facts on water were distributed to the viewers.
 
The Orchid's Green Team
enacting a play on environment awareness outside Churchgate station on World Water Day.
(Pic 3)
 
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