The Department of Civil Engineering on the occasion of Earth Day 2021, organized a LIVE webinar on 22nd April 2021 through the departmental forum, FORCE – Forum of Civil Engineering. The topic of the webinar was “Deep Decarbonisation of Buildings, Cities and our Built Environment” which was in line with the theme for this year – “Restore our Earth”. The speaker for the session was Dr. Hariharan Chandrashekar Founder, Biodiversity Conservation India Pvt. Ltd (ZED Homes) and Alt-Tech Foundation.

The online program was graced by the presence of the Dr. Abdul Sharief, Dean, School of Engineering, and Dr. S B Anadinni, Associate Dean, School of Engineering.

The session started at 4:30 PM with a welcome address and opening remarks by Dr. Nakul Ramanna, Convener of the event and Head, Department of Civil Engineering who also touched upon the purpose of Earth Day. This was followed by virtual lighting of the lamp to mark the inauguration of the event. The presidential address was given by Dr. Abdul Sharief, Dean, School of Engineering followed by an address by Dr. S. B. Anadinni, Associate Dean, School of Engineering on the importance of cutting down emission and carbon footprint particularly by the construction industry.

The speaker took over the session after a formal introduction by Faculty Coordinator, Mr. Adil Nadeem Hussain.

The webinar saw the speaker cover a range of topics the session was broken down into 4 parts and each one was followed by a QnA session. The seminar also witnessed 3 polls that saw an enthusiastic participation and kept the audience engaged and involved.

The speaker kept the session an open-ended interaction and challenged the audience with a plethora of questions on how we should be looking at the future of civil engineering and our lives in general. The seminar saw the speaker discuss on topics such as the effect of the ongoing pandemic on the environment and how future construction can be possible without the natural resources such as sand or steel. The speaker spoke at length about the water stress in Bangalore. Elaborating with facts, he stressed upon the impact of water supply on the environment and how decarbonising the same would not only reduce the environmental impact but also reduce the energy consumption as well as economic burden. The speaker encouraged civil engineering students to look at sustainability as an essential and not as an optional aspect of any project. He emphasised upon the need for Civil Engineers to be diverse in their exposure, thought process and work.

The speaker ended the session with a message that rather than look at the problems plaguing the society and environment, people should look pioneer action at an individual level which can have a larger impact. So, become part of the solution and involve as many people as possible to participate in the solution.

The webinar saw over 200 Participants from across India and a few International participants. The event was coordinated by faculty coordinators, Mr. Adil Nadeem Hussain, Mr. Navneet Singh and Mr. Aayush Kumar. The program was hosted and moderated by Mr. Gopalakrishnan N, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering. Student coordinators – Mr. Abrar Ahmed, Mr. Mohammad Ismail and Mr. Sufyan Ahmed extended technical support and played a key role in designing and putting up the entire event together.

The program concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Divya Nair. All the participants were issued with e-certificates after registering their feedback on the event.

Some screenshots from the event are attached below:

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