TIES ecological research campus is a 100% environmental friendly model which is made exclusively using traditional items. Located in Velloor, near to Manarcad junction on KK road, the Mahatma Gandhi University affiliated environmental research centre was awarded with Green Institution Award by Kerala State Biodiversity Board in 2011. A variety of eco-friendly techniques are used for furnishing the entire building. Used wood, steel, tyre, tiles etc are reused and converted into useful items at low cost.The campus is surrounded by greenery with different thematic gardens that attract a lot of species. The minimal carbon emission during the construction of the campus, practice of day-to-day activities having least emission and the cleansing property of the rich greenery within the premises makes the campus carbon neutral.
The building is constructed imbibing the principles of green architecture and traditional Kerala Vasthu. It is completely made of rocks and bricks, and the filler slab technique is used for roofing. It consists of office area, discussion area, laboratories, library and project rooms, and each of these rooms are either in circle or square shape which adds to the building’s overall beauty. The building also boasts other features like education cum interpretation centre, seminar hall and conference assistance, library and reading room, and a modern laboratory and food processing lab.TIES' campus garden is engineered to include many thematic gardens like medicinal plant garden, bamboo garden, butterfly garden, star garden and wild tree graden that promote conservation.
a) Biogas: All the waste that is produced in the institute is utilized in a systematic way, and the organization strictly follows the segregation rules of waste materials. Biodegradable wastes are disposed into the biogas plant, and the gas produced is used for cooking.
b) Solar Energy: A significant part of TIES' energy needs are met by solar pannels installed in the building.
a) Rainwater Harvesting: TIES campus comprises of several rain water harvesting facilities. The rain water is collected in the water harvesting tank, which is filtered and utilized for various purposes within the campus. Also, the pond for rain, rain pits and terracing are also created for the purpose of ground water recharging.
b) Phytoremediation: Waste water after initial filtration is passed through ramacham or vetiver, a perennial grass. The cleansing nature of this plant species reduces the impurities in the water. The filtered water is later used to water plants in the garden.
Solid Waste Management
The solid waste generated at the institute is segregated into different categories such as plastics, papers and biodegradables. The biodegradables are used to create compost or is fed into the biogas plant. The plastic and paper wastes are send for recycling. Also, recycled materials are used for a large part of the building construction. Used tyres, plastic and glass bottles are used for various purposes like furnishing, decorating the building and growing plants.