CSMVS – Green Museum
CSMVS is conscious of its role as a global institute and is dedicated to discharging its responsibilities towards preserving our natural heritage and environmental treasures.
Spurred by our commitment to green energy, the Museum has a Green Policy that provides a framework for the development of green practises. This seeps deep into employee habits and is realised in garnering solar energy, LED lighting, water conservation and harvesting, no-plastic approach and waste management.
In 2019, the Museum received the highest PLATINUM Rating under Existing Building category from Indian Green Building Council IGBC for global leadership in environment management. CSMVS is one of the first Museums in the world located, in a heritage building, in a heritage precinct to achieve such a distinction.
Our drive towards sustainability has been supported by the Rotary Club of Bombay, Tata Steel and Tata Chemicals. The Clean Mumbai Foundation has also contributed equipment towards the project.
Solar Panels: In a project that was divided into three phases, the Museum installed solar panels that can generate over 67,000 units of electricity, annually saving Rs. 7 Lakh annually.
Waste management plan: The Museum’s existing waste management plans has been improved with the installation of a composite machine that recycles biodegradable waste which is used as manure for the museum gardens and lawns. Segregation of dustbins and a plastic bottle recycler has been installed which helps in preventing plastics from being thrown with general garbage.
Rain-water harvesting: Rain water harvesting has been taken to a new level with the installation of larger water tanks leading to over 80,000 litres of rain water being harvested every day and 29 million litres each year. This water is used to irrigate the green areas of the museum. It is measured carefully with specially installed water-metres.
Furthermore, additional water is saved through specially designed aerators which reduce the water flow.
Energy efficiency: The Museum has invested in a Chiller plant for its air-conditioning requirements which uses an environment-friendly non-CFC gas based system.
Good quality of air: Air monitoring devices have been installed at various points in the Museum which actively record the volume of greenhouse gases that the Museum produces.
Bio-friendly choices : The general cleaning of surfaces on the Museum campus has been made green by the use of bio-friendly cleaning agents.
Access: The Museum strives to make its campus more accessible to our visitors. Our current trials include the installation and construction of ramps and elevators. Other facilities such as wheelchairs and accessible toilets make for a comfortable visit to the Museum.