Sustainability awards to four Indian and Danish students



Competition-winning students from Denmark and India were given an opportunity to present practical solutions to world leaders on challenges of resource efficiency. The four winning projects provided practical solutions and received appraisal at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit on 1 February 2013.

Presidents, ministers, technology companies and NGO’s met at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) this week, where the winners from India and Denmark invited to present their ideas to tackle problems around urban housing, contaminated water supplies and financing for renewable energy sources in India.

The summit was hosted by Nobel laurate and Director-General of TERI, Dr Pachauri, who believes people from all walks of society need to take action on the issues of sustainable development. Dr Pachauri said:

 
Spread awareness on the benefits
“Unless the people have a very strong priority associated with sustainable development practices and policies, we’re not going to see rapid action and I believe that this will occur only when we are able to spread awareness on the benefits of sustainable development and some of the risks associated with unsustainable development.”

The Danish Cultural Institute’s award had started the competition six months earlier during the big festival ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’. The idea was to challenge universities to find talented students to participate and win. The competition had four areas: Technology, business, urban development and design/culture to find the best ideas for sustainable solutions to resource problems in India. The jury was investors, experts and government representatives.

 
Addressed problem with water pipelines
A lack of access to basic resources is a serious issue for millions of people living in India’s informal settlements. Maintenance of essential amenities like clean water supplies and sewage networks are often neglected. Augustine has been living on the banks of the Yamuna River, Delhi for 30 years. In that time he has seen Delhi’s water networks become increasing polluted and unable to support life. He said:

“The water wells on the banks of river Yamuna sometimes bring out silt and mud with the water. The water smells. The water close to the banks of the river is very polluted.”

The prize for best design and culture concept was won by Anne Camilla Auestad, an architecture student from the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. Anne Camilla’s concept addressed the problem of water loss and contamination from vulnerable pipelines. She suggested water pump stations be installed along the pipelines to perform basic remediation before collecting in underground storage tanks for distribution. Anne Camilla’s said:

“It’s a combination of protecting the existing exposed water pipelines in India while exploiting the vast area that it covers.”

The winners gets a tailor made working platform with investors and international green companies, as well as two years of scholarship on Copenhagen Business School in Denmark – organised by The Danish Institute of Culture.

The winner keeps the copyright of the idea.

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Børsen – 14 February 2013:
Ung dansker vinder miljøkonkurrence i Indien
(Tv report – in Danish and English language. Duration: 1:39)
En studerende fra Århus Arkitektskole er blandt vinderne i en stor miljøteknologisk konkurrence i Delhi i Indien. By Mads Gravesen

 
Link to the Reuters’ Video News Release (VNR):
Danish cultural award ceremony – India
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New Delhi, India, 2 February 2013
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Recordings from New Delhi, India on 31 January 2013 and 1 February 2012
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1. A crowd of people standing around a railway track with a train passing behind them.

2. Close up of the train passing

3. A slum on the edge of the train track

4. A sign reads ‘13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit’

5. Winners on stage

6. A panel of judges and speakers on the stage

7. Awards are given to the completion winners

8. The winners stand in a line with the judges and speakers

9. (Soundbite) (English) Director-General, TERI, India, Dr R. K. Pachauri saying:
“Unless the people have a very strong priority associated with sustainable development practices and policies, we’re not going to see rapid action and i believe that this will occur only when we are able to spread awareness on the benefits of sustainable development and some of the risks associated with unsustainable development.”

10. Water pouring from a pump

11. Two people collecting water from the pump

12. A large exposed water pipe on a sidewalk

13. Water leaking from the pipe

14. (Soundbite) (English) dci competition winner and student from Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, Anne Camilla A. Auestad saying:
“It’s a combination of protecting the existing exposed water pipelines in india while exploiting the vast area that it covers.”

15. People walk past a long exposed water pipe

16. A cow wonders past the water pipe

17. People walk under the water pipe

18. A dirty stream passes under the water pipe

19. A man washes dishes in a dirty river

20. (Soundbite) (Hindi) a citizen of Delhi who lives by an exposed pipeline on the Yamuna River, Augustine, saying:
“The water wells on the banks of river yamuna sometimes bring out silt and mud with the water. The water smells. The water close to the banks of the river is very polluted.”

21. Clothes hanging from washing lines over a slum

22. A boy runs down a narrow alleyway in a slum

23. A lady washes clothes in a bucket

24. Close of the hands washing a shirt

25. Children in an alleyway in the slum

26. A man washes dishes in the slum

27. Close up of the hands scrubbing dishes

28. (Soundbite) (English) DCI competition winner and student from the Institute of Technology, Kharangpur, India, Priyanka Raju, saying:
“The kind of products that are coming out of these communities, they are very essential for the city to run – how it is running right now so the government should not try to remove these communities but to try and improve their living standards so that the amount of productivity of these communities can grow.”

29. People walk near and overpass

30. People walking up the steps of the overpass

31. Busy traffic seen from the overpass

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More information about each winner project

 

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