Green initiatives

As a national leader in healthcare with campuses in six locations catering to more than 9000 outpatients and more than 2000 inpatients daily,  and employing over 9000 staff, we take our responsibility to remain an eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable institution seriously.

Being a faith-based organisation striving for excellence in education, service and research, we are committed to the optimal use of resources, in order to provide the best possible services at the lowest cost - without compromising the needs of future generations. This philosophy, that has become a part of the institutional culture, guides all our decisions impacting the environment as well.

Water conservation & sewage treatment
Water and power are particularly scarce in the district of Vellore. CMC has advanced sewage treatment plants in its campuses, and using the latest filtration and treatment technologies, the water is recycled and then used for a wide range of needs including air conditioning. 

For instance, to treat the effluents from the CMC Chittoor Campus in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, the Environmmental Engineering department has installed a sewage treatment plant called Decentralised Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS). The recycled waste water is used for gardening and flushing applications. Since its installment, CMC has been able to save initial investment and maintenance costs as no imported materials or components are needed.

A unique factor in this system is that it operates without mechanical means and sewage flows by gravity through the different components of the system. Up to 1,000 cubic metres of domestic and non-toxic industrial sewage can be treated by DEWATS. Another interesting feature is that most important parts of this system work without electrical energy inputs.

Energy conservation
To reduce our electricity consumption we have turned to the sun, which shines strongly on Vellore. Solar PV arrays are installed on top of many buildings to generate electricity during peak hours. Solar water heating reduces some of the load on conventional boilers.A Solar Concentrator - Arun 100 - has been installed on the roof of the Engineering Block, to pre-heat water, using the sun’s rays, for use in the laundry and for the steam requirements of the hospital. It tracks the sun and focuses energy on a water filled coil, pre-heating water before it goes to the boiler. This has significantly reduced the use of furnace oil with a subsequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste management
The Malargal Magalir Federation is another green initiative that was started to manage our waste in environmentally sustainable ways while also providing employment to women from disadvantaged backgrounds. The federation trains the women in self-help groups to manage all kinds of waste products, through re-purposing and re-using as well as through selling plastic and metal. 

Read more about how CMC recycles 100% of its waste and purifies and recycles all of its waste water.

Campus greening
Our founder Ida Scudder's great love for Nature is part of campus folklore. When Ida bought the land where the medical college, student hostels and various staff quarters are currently located, it was almost barren.

Today, through the sustained efforts of generations of Nature-loving students and staff inspired by Aunt Ida's example, the campus is now a green, biodiverse haven with more than 50 species each of birds and butterflies, 8 species of mammals, 7 species of frogs, 2 species of toads, 9 species of gecko, around 15 species of snakes, and 83 species of flora.


A male Paradise Flycatcher spotted in College Campus 
(view more such images in the album, 'Biodiversity on Campus')

The outdoor chapel at CMC's Chittoor Campus
which has a biodiversity plan in place to protect indigenous flora and fauna)

Eden Garden, once a dump-yard, is now a venue for community get-togethers.

 Watch an eight-minute video of how CMC's green initiatives make it a healthcare leader in the ongoing efforts to build a sustainable India

Trees on College Campus 



African Tulip Tree 

Ball Badminton  Tree Brazilian Ironwood   Brewers Acacia Black Siris


Caribbean Trumpet

Chestnutleaf  Trumpetbush 
Cluster Fig Tree

Coconut palm   

Copper Pod  
Crepe Myrtle 

Custard Apple

Curry Leaf
Drumstick Tree
Fern Leaf Tree 
Fiji Fan Palm 
Fish Tail Palm
 Flame of  the  forest
Forest Red Gum
Fox Tail Palm
Gardenia species 
Giant Thorny 

Golden Bamboo

Indian Laburnum

Golden Dewdrop

Guava Gul mohur
Indian Almond
Indian Cherry
Indian Coral Tree
Indian Cork Tree 
Indian Gooseberry

Indian Jujube

Indian Kino Tree
Indian Laburnum
Indian Mahogany
Indian Medlar Tree
 Indian Mesquite
Indian Mulberry

Indian Spurge

Indian Tulip Tree
Indian Wood Apple
Java Cassia

Khejri Tree
Krishna Siris
 Lady palm
Laurel Fig
Lemon Scented Gum
Lettuce Tree

MacArthur Palm
Madras Thorn
Mast Tree  Neem 
Netted Custard Apple 
New Caledonian Pine
Orientalis arber
Palmyra Palm 
Peacock Flower 
Persian Lilac 

Pipal Tree 
Pomegranate  Pongam   Pride of India  Purple Bauhinia  Rain Tree    
Red Bead Tree 

 Red Sander 
Red Silk Cotton
River Red Gum  Rosy Trumpet
Royal Palm Rudraksh   
Sago Palm

Sandalwood  Sandpaper Tree  Sapota   Sausage Tree 
Scarlet Cordia
Scholars Tree
Screw Pine

Singapore Cherry  Snowball Tree   South India Soap nut Spectacular Cassia 
Spotted Gliricidia
 Star Gooseberry    
 Strychnine Tree

Subabul Sweet Indrajao Tamarind Tree 
Temple Tree Frangipani   Temple Tree Pagoda White Frangipani 

Umbrella Tree

Weeping Bottlebrush  Whistling pine  Wild date
Wild Plumeria 
Yellow Oleander