Institute of Rural Management implements office ‘Green Policy’

04 November 2012 | News story

"I strongly believe that a cadre of activists needs to be trained for the purpose of creating a culture of effective and sustainable management of natural resources," writes CEC member Roomi S. Hayat.
 

By CEC member Roomi S. Hayat, CEO, Institute of Rural Management

Our region is blessed with fundamental natural resources – from good crops varieties and productive livestock to nature’s abundance in fresh water – that are easy to take for granted. The Institute of Rural Management (IRM) treasures these national assets and strives to aware communities of their importance and work with them to preserve them. As a socially responsible organization, IRM does not just promote green policies at the workplace, but also in the communities where we work. Environmental conservation always has been a cross cutting theme of our work.

IRM strives to ensure optimal utilization of available resources at the local level and provision of assistance to reduce dependency upon external resources. We aim to develop and strengthen local capabilities for sustainable resource management through prevention of losses in natural resources, productivity enhancement and environmental rehabilitation.

Scaling up conservation
Conservation has always been a core practice at IRM. We realize that nature’s deterioration has terrifying consequences for our future generations. Thus, whatever we do, and who ever we work with, we always focus on optimal utilization of local resources and strive to minimize the wastage of these valuable resources. At IRM, we strongly believe that a cadre of activists needs to be trained for the purpose of creating a culture of effective and sustainable management of natural resource at the grassroots level. IRM has trained and sensitized thousands of people on environment and natural resource management to achieve its goal of making the world a greener and safer place to live.

Nature-based solutions
Pakistan is famous for its natural resources and agriculture. At IRM, we aim at using the available local resources in a more sustainable manner. We are constantly striving to find innovative techniques to increase productivity of the communities we work with. The ‘Environment and Natural Resource Management’ section at IRM was specifically established to serve as a training arm with the main focus on environment and natural resources. Through continued improvement in energy efficiency and the use of alternative energy sources, it actively works with farmers to promote sustainable agriculture and reduce the wastage of natural resources. This section is constantly involved in developing new training programmes to reduce the impact on the environment.

Sustainability in action
To reduce its carbon footprint and play its part in making the world greener, IRM implements green policies at its offices. The IRM Green Policy was developed to encourage the staff to care for natural resources in their professional capacity. The aim of the policy is to reduce, recycle, reuse and respect. The application of this policy will in a longer period of time help to develop a healthier quality of life by reducing office waste. The green plan for the IRM workplace focuses on reducing waste, conserving energy, conducting green meetings and trainings by means of sustainable performance to lower the environmental impact of work. It follows the popular approach of ‘reduce, recycle and re-use’ towards the products used every day at the workplace. By implementing this approach, less energy is used with fewer resources being wasted.

For more information, contact Roomi S. Hayat, a management and institution development expert, trainer and facilitator who carries the portfolio of designing and conducting more than 500 training events both domestically and internationally. He is the chairperson of Human Resource Development Network (HRDN) and Chief Executive Officer of IRM. Email: roomi@irm.edu.pk