Sustainable Smart Earth through Harita Week​ - Month


Seventh Harita Week (25 Nov. – 01 Dec., 2017): Organized sessions on SDGs, climate change, water resources management, and talks during the week. On 01st Dec. a session on Sustainable Development Goals, effects of Climate Change and solutions was conducted with teachers of Laxhman Vidhyalaya Inter College by Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg, Director, HRDEF. On 30th Nov., a teachers training session on Climate Change and SDGs was organized in which teachers interacted with Dr. Manisha Agarwal, Director, HRDEF and discussed about project based activities to be organized for students jointly with Climate Reality Project, India. Discussion to link training with curriculum science, maths, English, geography, disaster management through different tasks and teaching with hands-on, game, and multimedia approach that make concepts easier and understandable to students.


From 27-29 Nov., students from GOAL program learned about SDGs and water management and played the game “Water Roll” designed by Sustainability Centre, Arizona State University (ASU), USA. On 25th Nov., prizes were given to best entries from C.N.I. School for quiz and sketching competition organized during Earth Month by HRDEF to Shubham, Sagar Nayar, Ravi Kant.  Further, a workshop conducted with students of class VI to XII on SDGs, Climate Change. Students learned about water cycle, air pollution, and food eco system. They played water roll, other games, and understood importance of tree plantation to purify air, to reduce waste and reuse of items (4R). Around 44 teachers and 155 students participated in these events.

Sixth Harita Week (14 – 22 Aug., 2017): Celebrated Independence Day, conducted programs on water resources management in river basin, Principals Conclave, and talks during the week. On 22nd Aug. students from our Brahmawala Khala alternative education project participated in the quiz competition. In this project, we are teaching through hands-on, game, and multimedia approach to make concepts easier from subjects science, maths, English, geography. GyanDhara (GOAL) program students participated in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) –DHI Eco Challenge 2017 international online serious game competition on water resources management for the river basin. In this challenge, students from 20 countries participated. This game is helpful to learn about water management, conservation, its usages, and SDG Goal 6. On 18th Aug. HRDEF organized Principals Conclave on “Teaching Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change Education” with Climate Reality India and UNESCO, New Delhi.  In the inaugural session, Shri S. B. Joshi, Chief Education Officer, Dehradun talked about in details on importance of quality education towards implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Shri Aditya Pundir Country Manager, Climate Reality delivered a talk on Climate Change.  Er. Rakesh Kamal introduced SDGs, and how they can be part of our teaching in school. Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg, Director, HRDEF delivered a talk on Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development for Schools. He pointed out that preparedness for disasters is very important and ICT is bridge for communication in this regard. Principals from more than 50 schools actively participated in the conclave.


Dr. Manisha Agarwal, Director, HRDEF talked about medicinal plants during the week’s different events. On 15th Aug organization celebrated Independence Day in its campus with student’s performance’s such as songs, dance, and other forms of expressions to express their feelings, talent. They talk about Freedom, Gender Equality, waste management, cleanliness, and Role of Beti in building the society. 

Fifth Harita week (1 - 7 June, 2017): During first week of June celebrated World Environment Day with Nature Connect in which students studies plants, biodiversity, and enjoyed nature walk. To demonstrate real-life scenarios and providing practical exposure, we provided training on Arduino, microcontroller to control signals, communication such as traffic light, sensing, and other projects.

Earth month as Harita (Green) month 2017: This year, HRDEF organized various competitions for School students, and lectures to promote UN Earth Day theme on Science for Environmental and Climate Literacy. Students from Uttarakhand, U.P., H.P., actively participated in “Importance of Medicinal Plants in our Daily Life”, and “Role of Science and Technology in Environmental and Climate Literacy” through Sketching, Memoir competitions. Around 1400 students participated in 4th Quiz competition on environmental literacy. Besides this, during pledge drive for Green, Clean Dehradun 1250 people undertook the same. A workshop on ICT opportunities for Girls was organized for underserved section. Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg, Director, HRDEF was invited from India for the Sustainability in Science Centres Fellowship at  ASU, USA. In this fellowship, participants from different countries discussed about sustainability implementation in science centres. They learned and talked about how to motivate, aware students, community members about sustainable development, science and sustainability. Dr. Manisha Agarwal delivered a session on importance of medicinal plants in our daily life to ladies of local community and distributed Tulsi sapling.

Fourth Harita Week (15 – 22 Aug., 2016): On 22nd Aug. students of GyanDhara participated in the debate competition on Clmate Change effect on Biodiversity. Shri Vijay Kumar, President and Smt. Suman Lata, Vice-President of the organization did plantation on 21st Aug. Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg and Dr. Manisha, Director, HRDEF gave talks during two days’ workshop on Disaster Reduction and Management at District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Rookeee (Haridwar), Department of School Education, Government of Uttarakhand from 16-17 Aug., and 19-20 Aug for teachers. They gave emphasis on sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and management and how they are related. Besides this, they communicated about methods to reduce carbon emission through our various acts. On 18th Aug. members tied Rakhi on trees for conservation and protection of trees. Celebrated Independence Day on 15th Aug in its campus with students with performances such as songs, dance, and other forms of expressions by them to mark the day. They also spoke about “Freedom in their Understanding” on the occasion.


Green Earth Month (April 2016): During this several events, activities, and competitions were organized that culminate on 3rd May with a discussion and consultation on “Forest Fire, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Freedom of press. HaritaDhara organized Clean, Alankrit, Green Earth Pledge campaign in different schools in which around 800 people signed the Pledge for keeping clean, green earth. Green Earth month celebration started at Har-ki-Pedi,  Haridwar through distribution of cloth bags for trying to give message for Clean Ganga  and survey study of waste management there.  Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg, Director, HRDEF talked about Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Renewable energy during invited lecture at HopeTown Girls School and motivated students about SDGs. Students of GyanDhara participated in storytelling and painting on “Human and Nature”. GyanTree organized debate on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr. BhimRao Ambedkar and Gramodaya. Dr. Manisha, Director, HRDEF coordinated these events. HRDEF goes Solar through installation of Solar energy for its office in its initiative towards Green energy. On the occasion of 46th United Nations Earth Day various competitions – Quiz, storytelling, painting were organized in schools and polytechnics on topics - water, waste management, effects of climate change on biodiversity, and role of engineering in sustainable development. Around 570 students participated in these activities with excitement. HRDEF organized Trees for the Earth activity in which Mrs. Sadhna Sharma, President, UMA was the chief guest. Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg delivered a theme lecture on ICT and Sustainable Development at The Institution of Engineers (India), Uttarakhand State Centre. 

Third Harita week (14-20 Dec., 2015) on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Week. During this we organized workshop, lecture, plantation, and associated with other institutions. On 20th Dec. we planted guava tree saplings, distributed certificates to the participants on 19th Dec. of the workshop organized on 14th Dec. at Kanya Gurukul Campus, Dehradun. Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg, Director, HRDEF delivered theme lecture on energy conservation and climate change organized by The Institution of Engineers (India), UKSC during Uttarakhand Polytechnic Teachers Meet on 18th Dec., and talk on sustainable development and climate change at Dept. of Geology, D.B.S. (PG), College, Dehradun on 17th Dec., 2015. We organized a workshop on “Role of Cultural and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development” on 14th Dec. 2015 at Kanya Gurukul Campus (KGC), Dehradun (GKV, Haridwar). Dr. Manisha Agarwal, Director, HRDEF started computer training programme to underserved women and children to empower them with technology so that they understand present system and be part of it.

Under this program, we are teaching them at their places, home for effective learning. We celebrated ‘Energy Conservation’ week and emphasized on energy saving practices to participants. Knowledge on Sustainable Development, energy conservation, sustainable lifestyle, Global Goals, renewable energy, climate change, water management, role of cultural and traditional knowledge to sustainability was discussed during the week. During this week celebration, Dr. A. K. Biyani, Er. D. C. Gupta, Er. V. K. Saxena, Neelam Kapil, Dr. Renu Shukla, and Sh. V. K. Garg supported us to make it successful. Besides this, participation of large number of students and interaction with them made this more memorable. 

Celebration of Second Harita Week from 14-21 Aug., 2015 with one day International workshop on Best Practices in Waste Management and Climate Change on 19th Aug. with Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU), Dehradun 

45th Earth Day Events - First Harita Week (17-23 April, 2015) - We organised series of events mainly for students, and a workshop to spread awareness on climate change, smart clean green cities, innovation and sustainability in which around 540 students participated. 

44th Earth Day Event (22 April, 2014) - Conducted quiz competition in Hindi on environment awareness for school students in which around 480 students participated.

         Nature Connect

Pledge for Clean Green Earth Awareness Campaign


Tree plantation and Biodiversity awareness

Half Marathon was organised by Hindustan Newspaper in association with other partners on 21st Feb., 2016 with theme on Swachh Doon, Sundar Doon. Around 2000 people participated from all walks of life which was inaugurated by several dignitaries present there. HaritaDhara distributed tree saplings with a message especially benefits of curry patta and pledge drive for Clean Green Deharadun.

Foundation and Children's Day Celebration on 14th Nov., 2015

Campaign started to protect (Rakshana) trees on the occasion of Rakshabandhan on 28th Aug., 2015


Organised Harela Parv celebration: as our traditional knowledge and culture are important in today’s life for sustainability from 13-16 July, 2015. Distributed meetha neem tree saplings, planted trees, and delivered a talk.


World Environment Day (WED) Celebration on 5th June 15 - We organized a talk on Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles to spread awareness on Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care.

          SDG Pulse 

Sustainable Development Goals Oath Ceremony and New Year Celebration 2016

On the occasion of New Year, HRDEF organized the Sustainable Development Goals Oath Ceremony and New Year Celebration program. In this everyone present took oath to save water, energy, paper and go for clean waste management using 4R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, and plant tree for better environment and sustainable consumption and production. Children presented various activities skit, poems, songs, dance and conveyed message related to environment conservation, Beti Bachhao, Beti Padhao, creating cards from waste materials. They participated in the quiz on environment. Program was coordinated by GyanDhara’s students Neeraj and Neetu. Manisha, Alpana, Nisha, Naval, Abhishek, Ankush, Monica, Meera, Poonam, Aashi, Achaal are other GyanDhara students who actively participated in the program. Students played games during this program and winners are Neetu, Neeraj, Raja, Manisha in different activities. Pranya, Prayanshi, Lakshya also showed their talent. HRDEF distributed prizes and stationary to students, and finally students planted different flowers to give the message of love, happiness, and protect trees. Their active involvement made this event memorable for everyone. This program was successful because of efforts from Dr. Minal, Apoorve, Vijay Kumar, Suman Lata, Rajshree, K.K. Agarwal, Sushma, Directors Dr. Manisha, and Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg. 

Water Resources Management 

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2016 & 2017 for School Students:  Jan. - Apr., 2016, Feb. - Aug., 2017


UNEP-DHI Partnership – Centre on Water and Environment is a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) centre of expertise dedicated to improving the management, development and use of freshwater resources from the local to the global level. Since its inception in 1996, the Centre has become a core resource for UNEP’s work on freshwater issues and in delivering UNEP’s Programmes of Work. We have a strong interest in promoting innovative ways of educating children about the world’s water challenges and solutions. The UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge competition presents an exciting and fun activity for school children to play and learn about water at the same time. The children will be given the opportunity to play an online serious game called Aqua Republica, compete with participants around the world and at the same time have an engaging and meaningful discussion with their classmates and teachers on the topic of water and environment. Since 2013 over 4000 children between the ages of 14-17 in more than 10 countries have joined in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge and competed by playing the Aqua Republica game. Apart from having fun, the experience has helped them to learn about sustainable water and environmental management. Aqua Republica is an online serious game where a simplified but realistic world is created for players to play and learn—by personal experience— about the conflicts and trade-offs that exist in a river basin. The game is part of a not-for-profit initiative developed in partnership with UNEP-DHI Partnership, UNEP and DHI.

We partnered for 24 Hours of Reality for 2015 & 2016: The World is Watching of The Climate Reality Project, USA for Climate Action as given below: This year, 24 Hours of Reality will be anchored in Paris and broadcast from eight key countries around the world on November 13-14, 2015, December 05-06, 2016 featuring appearances and commentary from Al Gore, musical performances and compelling stories of the best climate science, solutions and progress in the climate fight. Our work together is sustained petition effort as given below - This December, world leaders will meet in Paris to determine the future of our planet. We're uniting voices around the world to deliver one simple message: Take Climate Action Now - Zero global warming pollution. Zero extreme poverty.


We started capacity building and awareness campaign about Global Goals, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as adopted in the 70th United Nations Assembly at New York from 25-27 Sep., 2015. We shared them with our students.

We observed Teachers Day on 5th Sep., Literacy day on 8th Sep., Mountain day on 9th Sep., and Hindi Divas on 14th Sep., 2015 through interaction with GyanDhara program students.

National Host 2015 for Future Agro Challenge (FAC)


Future Agro Challenge (FAC) is a field of interaction for agro innovators and investors that addresses the future of healthy food from the farmer to the consumer, and furthers the agricultural revolution that is underway. As there is not one simple solution to any of the complex global challenges of feeding the estimated growing population of 9 billion people by 2050?  FAC takes root in each joining nation; the knowledge base is enriched with a transfer of ideas and solutions.  Each nation and region brings a new perspective, having overcome different obstacles and offering different facets of innovation. While disruptive solutions are being created across regions, individuals and visionaries often feel overwhelmed by the complexities to integrate in the agricultural ecosystem.

e believe discovering solutions to global challenges should not be so complicated. FAC supports agro visionaries, startups, farmers, manufacturers, and distributors from countries across several continents. The most promising ideas and ventures are selected to compete in the Global Championships in Greece, which, at the crossing of three continents, is rich in diversity in both wild and cultivated plant species, has developed its botanical and agricultural practices for millennia, and the source of the famous Mediterranean diet.

The aims of the Future Agro Challenge are:

·      To foster innovation in agriculture

·      To encourage technology and methodology incorporating Evergreen Practices (to increase food production and

        efficiency in a sustainable manner, reducing greenhouse gases and carbon and water footprints)

·      To upgrade agricultural education and training

·      To revolutionize the approach to healthy lifestyle and nutrition

·      To promote business and investment opportunities in agri business

·      To grow a global community of experts, investors, and innovators


Why: Agriculture is dependent on earth’s resources, such as soil and water. Threats to our biosphere have been identified within the concepts of ‘planetary boundaries’ in a landmark study*, which define values that, when crossed, hold the potential for disastrous consequences. Some planetary boundaries are well-known, such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Others are not so readily recognized.    *Source: Rockstrom et al., 2009, Nature 


            Lectures and Talks

Anant Bhaskar Garg delivered three lectures on ICT and Climate Change at Govt. Polytechnic, Sahiya, Block Kalsi to students and nearby villagers, visited Udaplta village to interact with tribal people and gather local information on 16-17 Sep., 2015

Talk given at Wynberg Allen School for Teachers on Insight for Climate Science and Sustainability on 1st June, 2015 by Anant Bhaskar Garg


Talk given at Mussoorie International School for Faculty members on Climate Change and Sustainability on 21st May, 2015 by Anant Bhaskar Garg


Talk given at Golden Hillock School for members on Climate Change on 6th May, 2015 by Manisha Agarwal Garg

Manisha Agarwal Garg delivered a talk on sustainable food at Shivalik Hills Lioness Club meeting on 22nd April, 2015



Three Week Workshop from 2nd June, 2016 for Children and Youth to Discover and Transform in a Fun way with Global SDG Learning: Topics - Climate change, Biodiversity, Water, Energy

One-Day International Workshop on Best Practices in Waste Management and Climate Change, 19th August, 2015


HaritaDhara Research Development and Education Foundation (HRDEF), and Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU), Dehradun jointly organized the one day international workshop on Best Practices in Waste Management and Climate Change on 19th Aug., 2015. This workshop acquainted stakeholders about techniques and practices so that they can act as change agent towards climate change and sustainable development. Every stakeholders and experts from academics, industry, NPO, government, and students using social action, data collection, and ICT can improve community and our cities. As per GoI’s draft documents 2015 containing rules on SWM, e-waste, Plastic, Biodegradable, and Hazardous waste, we know garbage is one of the biggest problems of our cities. We are very indifferent to these issues and reluctant to act on which result in exaggeration of the waste around us. Thus with increase in waste and rise of heap at landfills lead to GHG emission which cause climate change. To discourse on these various initiatives are taken such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Further, with modified rules and regulations for each one we need to address and indulge through waste segregation at source, composting and other recommended practices. Everyone efforts will result in waste minimization. This will lead to clean, green, smart Doon and Uttarakhand. Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Garg, Vice Chancellor, UTU, Dehradun was Chief Guest and Mr. Steve Kostoff Guest of Honor of the workshop. Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Garg gave emphasis on zero waste management practices, and 4’R. He also stressed on education and awareness of issues affecting our environment.


Mr. Omendra Srivastava, SWM Expert, UUSDIP (ADB), Urban Development Department, GoUK  told about Waste to Energy…an approach towards sustainable waste management practices especially Gasification project to be implemented in Roorkee, first of its kind in India. Mr. Steve Kostoff, CEO, Green Business and Audit Training, South Australia focused on Climate Change and Waste Management, Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, CEO, Clover Organic Pvt. Ltd. told various techniques on Organic Waste Management and Composting, Dr. Bhavtosh Sharma, Scientist (Chemical Sciences), USERC, DST, GoUK told about Pollutants in Drinking Water and their Assessment, Ms. Jodie Underhill, Co-Founder & CEO, Waste Warriors discussed about her initiative on waste management, and Er. Anant Bhakar Garg, Director, HRDEF informed ways to better manage e-Waste. He informed about various initiatives of the HRDEF on sustainability, computing education to underserved students. The workshop provided interactive dialogue between participants and various issues are further discussed during session. It is like sharing their experiences among all present in the workshop. Opinion of the participants and workshop findings will be submitted to government and other authorities for consideration. Directors, faculty members, students, and professionals from Industries in Uttarakhand participated in the workshop.  Participants from outside Uttarakhand such as Moradabad, Bareilly, Bijnor attended the workshop. Venue of the workshop was New Campus, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Workshop on Educating for Innovation and Sustainability (24 April, 2015) -  by Paul Bana (23 Apr. - 24 Apr., 2015) 

At the heart of this workshop lie the concepts of Collaborative Inquiry, Learning Organisation and Action Learning. Developed in the mid twentieth century to facilitate innovative thinking and transformational change, Action Learning is used today around the world to develop personal leadership skills and to help individuals and organisations in dealing with unprecedented changes. This program delivered in partnership with Green Business Audit & Training and ALGAIA Project, Australia.


Workshop on Carbon Footprints (31 Oct., 2014)

Conducted workshop for home and business users, and professionals for assessment of carbon footprint and introduction to sustainability with support from Green Business Audit & Training and Algaia Project, Australia and Mr. Paul Bana as Speaker.

             Fun with STEAM 


Prepare Your Child for the 21st Century Skills through STEAM Maker Fest with hands-on, Game based Learning


Short-Term Programs with different duration - April, 2018 to June 2018 for Children (Aged 10+) to Learn, Transform in a Fun way


By Educators, Engineers, Researchers with international experience - 20 yrs+ worked as HOD, Dean, Scientist having qualifications such as PhD, MS, MBA, BE from institutions FRI, BITS, MNNIT, UNESCO-IHE


       International Tie-ups, Awards, and Certification from Govt. of India


      Time:  09:00 AM to 06:00 PM (2 Hrs. per day for five days a Week)



Improve child communication skill,

Critical thinking, imagination, creative writing, Storytelling

Enhance classroom performance & presentation skill

Develop growth mindset 

Encourage Out-of-the-Box thinking

Hands-on activities, games, and Curriculum based


Limited batch size for Interactivity & Learning


Creative Writing Study

Conducted creative writing experimental study with students to acquaint them with new tools of expressing themselves. Students from different schools of Dehradun participated such as SJA, Brightlands, Doon International. This study was done in collaboration with faculty and researcher in University of Madeira, Portugal in Mar.,2015. - Publication in INTERACT 2015 Workshop

            Responsibility and Recognition

Manisha Agarwal Garg felicitated by Shiwalik Hills Lioness Club for her efforts to teach low-income group students without any fees on 12th Sep., 2015

Anant Bhaskar Garg was co-convener of All India Workshop on Safety and Fire Hazards in Industries and Forest on 16-17 May, 2015 organized by The Institution of Engineers, Uttarakhand State Centre


Meeting with Shri Vinod Chamoli, Mayor, Dehradun, talk on Climate Change at the Govt. Polytechnic, Pithuwala, Press Brief with Mr. Steve Kostoff, and Shri V. K. Garg on 2 Mar., 2015 


Anant Bhaskar Garg participated in 150th anniversary event of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17th May, 2015


Involved in World Habitat and International Disaster Risk Reduction Day celebration in Oct., 2015


            Sustainable Campus

Discussion, review, and activities carried out at the Gyansthali Public School, By-pass Miranpur, Distt. Muzaffarnagar for Solar Power Plant of 15 KW, Herbal Garden, Computing lab. with Thin-Client systems to save power, and waste management.

Mr. Steve Kostoff, CEO, Green Business Audit & Training (GBAT), Australia (17-20 Aug., 2015)

Mr. Paul Bana, GBAT, Project Algaia, Australia (23 Apr. - 24 Apr., 2015) 

Mr. Steve Kostoff (27 Feb. - 4 Mar., 2015)  

Mr. Paul Bana (27 Oct. - 1 Nov., 2014)

​Because of support from Principals, dignitaries, professionals, students and our Partners these activities, events are possible. We are very much thankful to them. Contribution from our GyanDhara’s GOAL program students are commendable and memorable - Neeraj, Aanchal, Vishal, Neetu, Manisha, Nisha, Prayanshi, Alpana, Monika, Riya,