Best Practice 2
LEAF (Let Environment be an Absolute Fulfilment)
The LEAF is an initiative of Don Bosco College Mampetta to promote sustainability, nurturing bonds, and fostering a deeper connection with nature. This innovative practice revolves around gifting plants and saplings on birthdays, encompassing profound objectives and tangible outcomes that set it apart from conventional approaches.
Amidst growing concerns about climate change and environmental degradation, Don Bosco College Mampetta sought to align its values with impactful actions. The LEAF initiative emerged as an innovative response to these challenges, combining sustainability, community engagement, and meaningful celebrations.
LEAF started its journey with a simple yet powerful concept: gifting green plants to college staff on their birthdays. Accompanying care instructions and information about the ecological benefits of the plants amplified the practice's significance.
As the initiative gained momentum, it naturally extended to students' birthdays. Personalization played a pivotal role as each student received a sapling tailored to their living circumstances. The gesture of teachers and peers joining in to convey warm wishes added an emotional touch, while students were reminded of their responsibility to nurture nature.
The initiative's impact expanded further, encompassing visiting guests like dignitaries, lecturers, and parents. Gifting a plant or sapling became a symbol of appreciation, reflecting the college's commitment to sustainability.
Evidence of Success:
Challenges and Resource Requirements:
Plant Selection and Care: Selecting diverse plants and providing care guidance required horticultural expertise.
Resource Allocation: Funding and dedicated staff time were essential for acquiring and maintaining plants.
Sensitization: Some recipients were unfamiliar with plant care, necessitating awareness campaigns.
Financial Support: Funding for plant procurement and maintenance.
Expert Guidance: Collaboration with horticultural experts for plant selection and care.
Awareness Campaigns: Regular campaigns to educate the community about the initiative's significance.