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Namma Ooru Foundation focuses on environmentally conscious options that lead to a zero or minimum waste lifestyle.

Product or concept

Organization focusses on environmental related projects like waste management, community building, conserving water bodies, ground water recharge, increasing green cover, reducing carbon footprint.

Problem being solved

Increasing the community building and transformational initiatives that are environmentally advantageous.

Process or technology involved

The organisation runs projects and activities throughout the year in the followings domains:

Waste Management:

  • Provide end-to-end solution for intelligent garbage disposal.
  • Help citizens with our 2 bins 1 bag to segregate.
  • Rope in recyclers who pick up dry waste for recycling from the doorstep.
  • Handhold people to compost with a user-friendly and hassle-free composting kit.

Community Building:

We are making all our solutions sustainable by establishing local chapters.

Conservation of Water Bodies:

  • Creates data on the water resources available to citizens.
  • Identifies lakes, ponds and rivers in Chennai.
  • Ropes in communities to rescue ponds and lakes that have been encroached upon.

Ground Water Recharge:

  • Imparting technical know-how about RWH pits and how to maintain them.
  • Involving the community and addressing the issue locally by bringing RWH pit makers, experts and people working for this cause together as a community initiative.

Increasing Green Cover:

  • We rope in communities and help them identify where they can plant trees.
  • We help communities with saplings and local labour.
  • We impart know-how on tree planting, how to nurture and maintain trees.

Reducing Carbon Footprint:

  • We give people inputs on necessary lifestyle changes.
  • We organize awareness campaigns on how to reduce carbon footprints

Sustainability benefits

  • Segregation and composting practises are reaching a larger population of school students, resident welfare organisation and temple managements through Namma Ooru Foundation’s activities.
  • Have made eco-friendly lifestyle choices more accessible – example, set up a cutlery bank in Chennai – driving alternative options for plastic usage in events.

User segments that will benefit

  • Resident Welfare Organisations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Temple Management
  • Municipal Corporations

People or organizations involved

Natarajan P, Founder

Namma Ooru Foundation

Innovations or USPs

Informative and community centric programs related to propagate urgency in civic and environmental issues amongst the urban population in Chennai.

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Waste Management
  • Water conservation and Management
  • Urban Afforestation Measures

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Namma Ooru Foundation : For more information regarding their activities, you can contact them through their website.

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