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IGBC Green Villages

"India's soul rests in her villages", said Mahatma Gandhiji, nearly 80 years ago. This is so apt and relevant, to this day. We have 6,40,000 villages and 83.3 crore people in these villages, which means 65% of our people still live in villages, notwithstanding the urban migration that we often discuss on. The rural population has increased by 32% in last two decades (1991 - 2011) and therefore, they should be part of sustainable development agenda. If India has to grow, our villages have to be prosperous and should have access to all basic amenities, education and healthcare, that the urban population have access to. While in the cities, the modus operandi for sustainable development has been in terms of enhancing resource utilization efficiency, on the rural front, green agenda would be to make available all resources and facilities required for a good living.

Today, major challenges faced in our villages are open defecation, drinking water scarcity, lack of adequate health care, access to basic amenities & school and power shortage.

In the above context, converting existing villages to green and self-sustainable is of paramount importance to the Nation. IGBC Green Village rating is designed to address many of the rural challenges. The green concepts and techniques in the villages can help address National concerns like water availability, energy availability, reduction in fossil fuel use, handling of waste and conserving natural resources. Most importantly, these concepts can enhance health and well-being in villages, which is assuming greater importance.

"A Green Village is one which offers access to clean energy, adequate water, basic education, good healthcare, hygienic sanitation, leading to economic prosperity and enhanced quality of life, in a manner that is environmentally sustainable."

(*Agriculture and related features are not in the purview of IGBC Green Village Rating System)

Benefits of Green Villages

The green villages will adopt a holistic approach to sustainability and will set an example for the villages in the country to adopt green principles. The conversion of existing villages to green villages would result in multifold benefits, both tangible and intangible. The most tangible benefits are the reduction in water & energy demand and better handling of solid waste in the village. The intangible benefits of green villages include access to safe drinking water & sanitation and the basic facilities like healthcare, schools, transport, recreation.

The rating system shall address the following national priorities:

  • Clean Village and Improved Lifestyle
  • Improved Drinking water and Sanitation facilities,
  • Adequate infrastructure for Education & Healthcare,
  • Reduced Potable water demand,
  • Effective
  • Solid waste management,
  • Ensure Power security through Clean Energy,
  • Local Economic Development
  • Digital Village Initiative.

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Overview

IGBC Green Village rating is a tool for identification & implementation of green features in a village. The sustainable aspects of green village are addressed in the IGBC Green Village rating systemŪ under the following modules:

  • Health & Hygiene
  • Village Infrastructure
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Availability & Efficiency
  • Materials & Resources
  • Social & Community Actions
  • Green Innovation

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Scope

The guidelines detailed under each credit enable any existing village to implement and enhance the green planning & design principles. IGBC Green Village rating is applicable to all existing villages of India as per latest census definition. Also, villages in urban fringe areas which have been declared as Census Town in the latest census document (Census 2011) may also apply for the Green Village ratingŪ.

The village panchayat can evaluate all the possible points to apply under the rating system using the IGBC Green Village checklist.

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Certification Levels

Different levels of green village certification are awarded based on the total credits earned

The threshold criteria for certification/pre-certification levels are as under:

Certification Level Points Acheived Recognition
Certified 40 - 49 Good Practices
Silver 50 - 59 Best Practices
Gold 60 - 79 National Excellence
Platinum 80 - 100 Global Leadership


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Fee Structure (effective from 1 January 2016)


Category Registration Fee(Rs) Certification Fee(Rs)
Founding Members 25,000 75,000
Annual members 25,000 1,00,000
Non-members 30,000 1,20,000

* Fee is exclusive of service tax


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Contact Us

For more details, please contact:

Ritabrata Sen (Mr)
Engineer
Email Id:  ritabrata.sen@cii.in
Phone number : +91(40) 4418 5231

Saurav Choudhury
Architect & Infrastructure Planner
Email Id:  saurav.choudhury@cii.in
Phone number: +91 (40) 4418 5114

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