What Is It?
GSP’s community portal is a fun platform designed to connect all those who are concerned about the environment and want to make a difference. All you have to do is register and be a part of the green network.
This community aims to spread environmental awareness on an individual level. Your school may be a green school, that is, it may be a resource efficient school that optimizes energy efficiency, minimizes waste generation, harvests rainwater, recycles materials, uses solar power and so on, but have you ever wondered how green you are as an individual? Do you take initiatives towards a clean environment in your personal life and outside of school hours? Is “being green” a way of life for you, like a habit? Do you take out time to create awareness among your students and friends about the importance of a clean and green environment?
If you believe in the conservation of the environment and ensure, on a regular basis, that you do not abuse what has been provided to us, then this community is the perfect place to announce what you do. Not only will you be recognized for your actions, the awareness you spread through the community will encourage your peers and teachers from various schools to follow in your footsteps. If you feel you are not contributing enough to this cause, go through the checklist provided and start practicing the simple ideas that have been listed. You will be surprised to learn that some of your daily habits and activities do qualify as a green practice.
What’s The Goal?
You may be contributing a lot to the protection of the environment in small ways. Imagine if all your little ideas were spread to like-minded teachers who want to contribute to this cause. That’s what our objective is. On the community website, you can spread your green ideas, update your peers on your latest green activity, post, share, like and even comment. Each member will be the keeper of the website, and it is with active engagement from each of you that the GSP community portal will come alive and progress towards our common goal to conserve the environment.
The site has been designed such that it is easy-to-navigate, interactive and feature-rich. You can post pictures of groups taking part in green activities, latest news about new practices, fun facts or trivia to make the community vibrant and drive environmental consciousness. With support from each of you, we want to ensure that the GSP community becomes a powerful platform for teachers to expand their knowledge of sustainable practices, interact with like-minded people, impart the knowledge to students and children and create a lively civic/green movement that will have the power to bring about change on the ground level. Thus, from offline, we move to online – which means if you want to organize a clothes donation drive or a cleanliness drive in your school or neighbourhood, the portal can be used to mobilise your peers and neighbours!!
The community portal allows you to declare your green activities, get recognized for your actions AND gain points. A few simple ways of scoring points include the following:
• Declaring your green activity
• Supporting your activity with evidence, such as a picture or a video
• Being an active participant of the online community by commenting, interacting and implementing ideas shared by other teachers
• Starting discussions on green issues or contributing to them
• Nominating your colleagues and peers to join the community
To give you an example: If you have a PUC (Pollution Under Check) certificate for your family or personal vehicle, then all you need to do is find the activity in the list provided on the website, upload the certificate and voila! you get 200 points! Yes, it is that simple!
If you share with us the fact that you switch off lights and fans when not in use, you gain 100 points. If you post a comment on the forum, you will be awarded with 100 points! If you create a new discussion topic you will be awarded 400 points. All points are automatically recorded by the system and the total is displayed at all times. You also get a seniority ranking based on your total points.
Thus, for every such green practice you share or participate in the forum, you get rewarded, which helps you to build your green profile in the community. You can keep track of the number of points you have gained, your current position and rank on your profile.
So, what are you waiting for? Register now and let’s join hands to deliver a cleaner, safer and sustainable environment to our future generations.
You have a maximum of three months to complete all the activities listed on the portal. Why have we given you three months? Because there may be some activities that you have never done before, and you can plan ahead.
How do I know I have completed all the activities?
The goal is to reach Level Five and the dashboard on your left will tell you where you are, and where your friends (and peers are). Also, the field will turn completely green – for points earned, trash will be cleared from your very own field! So hurry, start clearing the trash from your playfield.
But remember, this is a fun game, and it is NOT a competition. There are no deadlines, and you can just log in, anytime you want to.