We, the organisers of the 64th Annual Conference of the Indian Public Health Association, have made it our mission to make the conference environment-friendly. We have strived to ensure that you, the delegate, also get an opportunity to contribute to environment protection during the three days of the conference.

We shall be conducting a mini-Cleanathon for the Yamuna river on 1st March 2020. As is common knowledge, the Yamuna is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, and we plan to do our bit in making it cleaner. You are invited to register for the Yamuna cleaning drive, which shall be conducted between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM on 1st March 2020. Transport and all logistics shall be provided by the organizing team. For your contribution, you will be awarded an e-Certificate. If you are interested to join this drive, kindly register here.

In collaboration with Hero MotoCorp, we are planning to plant one tree sapling for each delegate attending the conference (total 2000 trees). Additionally, we plan to plant five hundred more saplings in the Ghazipur landfill in Delhi, which has suffered extreme environmental degradation over the last decade.

As part of your conference kit, you will receive a Delhi Metro card, charged with Rs. 200/-. You can use it to get around the city and go sight-seeing during your stay. We urge you to use this mass transport facility. It’s easy to use, fast, and most importantly, eco-friendly!

Additionally, we have done away with single-use plastics in the form of disposable water bottles. We believe it’s worth going the extra mile. To offset any inconvenience caused to you, we will provide you with a copper bottle in your conference kit. You can fill your bottles from conveniently located water dispensers at the conference venue. We have also done away with plastic cups for your beverages during the meals. Instead, we plan to use earthen pots (kulhad) as far as possible. These, as you know, are much more environment-friendly than the usual plastic cups used, and also provide livelihood support to poor artisans.

At the end of the meals, your conscience need not worry about all the leftovers. In a nation which ranks a dismal 102nd on the Global Hunger Index, our conscience also does not allow any food to go to waste. Hence, we have collaborated with an NGO to ensure donation of all the leftovers in a safe and sanitary manner to those who need it most.

Join us in making this conference a greener, friendlier, and more conscientious event. Your contribution matters!