CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE VELLORE
Not to be ministered unto but to minister

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.
































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