ISKCON’s Govardhan Eco Village- Sustainable village
Govardhan Eco Village is a farm community and retreat centre spread over a scenic landscape of 100 acres at Galtare in Wada taluka.
Since its inception in 2003, the village has made steady progress in organic farming, cow protection, rural education, rural development, alternative energy, eco-friendly constructions and sustainable living
Govardhan School of Sustainability (GSOS) is an education initiative based in Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV), an eco-community located around 90 kms from Mumbai. With its 250 residents, Govardhan Ecovillage is striving to set up a role model village, nested in an ecological infrastructure amidst a picturesque landscape of the Sahyadri Mountains. Now GEV has broadened its outreach by being host for the GSOS, a learning centre oriented towards studies of ecology and transformation of self and society.
The community is actively engaged in tackling problems related to climate change and provide environmental justice. They work on various technologies related to renewable, water conservation, bioconstruction, waste management, organic agriculture, low impact lifecycle, animal care. They also provide various short and long-term courses on sustainability.
The backbone of GSOS is to inspire transformative change towards sustainability. This is accomplished by bringing forth-new modes of thinking, acting, living and being in the world. Students who come to GSOS are encouraged to engage not only in theories of sustainability, but also in hands-on activities, workshops, outdoor classes, cultural activities, art and spirituality.
They have also been recognized for their innovative & consistent sustainability efforts. These awards reflect the things their dedicated team does to make a difference in the communities around.
GSOS is led by an international team with diverse backgrounds, a global outlook and is setting partnerships with several international universities, promoting increased cultural and academic exchange.
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