Develop a Community participative model for scientific Management of Municipal Solid waste in East Kolkata Wetlands

Hyatt Thrive, the company’s global corporate responsibility program has a key component – Hyatt Community Grants, to support one of Hyatt’s four philanthropic pillars – Environmental Sustainability, Education & Personal Advancement, Economic Development & Investment, or Health & Wellness. Hyatt Regency Kolkata has awarded Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) with a significant grant to further the organization’s efforts in Environmental Sustainability.

Hyatt Community Grants encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration through Hyatt Hotels Foundation. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – that those that live and work there.

“We are honored to support Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) and their valuable contributions to our community,” said Mr Marc Lorenz, General Manager- Hyatt Regency Kolkata. “It is a top priority for us to be active participants in our area, and Hyatt Community Grants gives us the great opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much for our city.”

“Receiving this grant is a great honor, and we are thankful that Hyatt Regency Kolkata nominated our organization to be the recipient of this generous donation,” said Biswajit Roy Chowdhury , Secretary , Nature Environment & Wildlife Society . “We know this grant will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals of Project”

Funded By: Hyatt Thrive, USA
Project Duration: 2012 (1 Year)

(1) Surveys to understand the existing waste disposal practices and build a scientific management plan on it

(2) Building campaigns among the different stakeholders like Community at household level, Municipal waste collectors, buyers of wastes, fishermen’s co-operative, School children, Local clubs, Shopkeepers, Hyatt green team and NEWS team

(3) Aware and generate action in developing segregation techniques at community household level

(4) Establish linkages between identified stakeholders

(5) Spread awareness and explore generation of entrepreneurial activities e.g. vermicomposting, bio gas, jute bag, paper bag making etc.

(6) Build mutual trust and confidence with the community

(7) Uphold the social and environmental commitment of Hyatt Regency

(8) Health monitoring camps at two stages to identify the change

(9) Project the viability, sustainability for replicability of the model at policy level in the form of a publication/film

Awareness among different stakeholders like Community at household level, Municipal waste collectors, buyers of wastes, fishermen’s co-operative, School children, Local clubs and Shopkeepers and linkages were established among them.

Introduction of developed segregation techniques at community household level.

Change in health impacts were assessed successfully.

Completed project report has been submitted addressing viability, sustainability and replicability of the model at policy level.