The objective of the annual Young Environmentalist's Conference on Smart Cities—Sustainable Cities was to get students involved to contemplate on discovering sustainable solutions to challenges and searching for opportunities to be sustainable in a city.
This three-day conference included plenaries, thematic sessions, and visits (Sabarmati Ashram, Adalaj Vav, Sarkhej Roza, River Front Park and BRT Bus Station). Students were divided into four groups—Lothal, Varanasi, Pataliputra and Kaveripoompattinam—for attending the thematic sessions. The sessions were based on the themes, such as, Story of Ahmedabad; Understanding Cities; Governance and Citizenship; Climate Change and City; Waste or Resource?; Urban Biodiversity: Health, Nutrition, and Hygiene; and Sustainable Urban Transportation. Students also put up exhibition on the themes of Smart Cities and City Markets.
Ms. Rajeswari Gorana, Mr. Amar Karan, Ms. Savita Bharti, Mr. Kedar Champhekar, Ms. Shweta Dhiman, Ms. Pooja Dave and Ms. Nivedita Shridhar from CEE along with Ms Minaxi Shukla (Former Addn. Director & Founder Member, CHETNA) and Prof Abrar Ali Saiyed (Visiting Faculty, IIM-A) facilitated the sessions.
118 students and 29 teachers from 26 Bal Bhavan centres from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu participated.