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Women's Christian College helping students become eco-friendly entrepreneurs


Women’s Christian College offers environmental courses that incorporate sustainability based initiatives into the students mindset and curriculum.

Product or concept

Students dedicate a semester to learn about ecology and business through the Green Box Initiative.

Problem being solved

To educate student communities about the profitability and economics involved in setting up an eco-friendly business proposition.

Process or technology involved

WCC’s Green Box initiative is a trifecta of ecology projects as follows:

  • Shadow House, a five-tier hydroponics unit and Mushroom House
  • Students dedicate about a semester to mastering this craft. The course is compulsory for Botany students, elective for those pursuing other subjects.
  • Botany students dot it for 75 hours, elective students pursue the course for 30.
  • Funds to set up and take these projects forwards were taken from the Department of Biotechnology and Central Government (UGC) etc.

Sustainability benefits

  • Helps departments in the college generate their own revenue
  • Shows students how to earn an income and understand the business side of things. 

User segments that will benefit

  • Educational Institutions
  • Students
  • Teachers/Professors

People or organizations involved

Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology,

Women’s Christian College

Innovations or USPs

Provides an pragmatic approach to economic empowerment and ecological education to college students.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Botany
  • Pedagogy
  • Economics
  • Business Studies

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Women's Christian College - Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology : For more information regarding the initiative, you contact them through the details listed on the website.

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Connect with experts

Future Farms : This Chennai based hydroponic start-up has successfully completed over 30 installations across the country.

Organic Farmers Market : This is a platform run by a group of organic farmers who aim to spread awareness on safe food technological input, transparency and traceability in current organic farming practises.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University : They have different departments and research stations in agricultural sciences. You can contact them for more information regarding the services they offer.

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

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Education for Sustainability | Jaimie Cloud | TEDxWindham : The TED talk inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way