Technology

Customised solutions to address environmental issues at the local level

Technology is a double-edged sword that can affect the environment and people in both positive and negative ways. At earth&us, we are committed to using technology and innovation for the betterment of people and the planet. We believe that emerging technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Block Chain, Drones and Electronic Sensors have a huge potential and role in solving the challenges we are facing today. We believe in maximizing positive results and minimizing negative impact through the use of technology.

  • Rain Water Harvesting
    Access to water in rural and remote households is a big challenge in India. In collaboration with the Govt....
  • Ethical Consumer Rating
    earth&us is developing a comprehensive product rating system for the USA and India that covers social justice and equity,...
  • Zero Waste Management
    earth&us worked extensively on zero waste management with the Department of Town Panchayats in Tamil Nadu. The Department is...
  • amrutDhara
    amrutDhara has been created to reduce the consumption of one time ‘use & throw’ plastic (PET) water bottles in...
  • Shared Transport Service (STS)
    earth&us envisions integrated, affordable and quiet electric transport solutions for India. There are a number of modular projects in...
  • Auroville Library of Things (ALoT)
    The Auroville Library of Things (ALoT) facilitates sharing of under-used things by moving them from a space of static...

Auroville Library of Things (ALoT)

The Auroville Library of Things (ALoT) facilitates sharing of under-used things by moving them from a space of static ownership to dynamic accessibility. The objective is to counter the current trend of hyper-consumption and make the most of our things as a community! We think of this as a prototype and hope to create an open-source franchise model to spread the idea of Library of Things across India.

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Research Paper on ALoT

ALoT Facebook Page

 

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Shared Transport Service (STS)

earth&us envisions integrated, affordable and quiet electric transport solutions for India. There are a number of modular projects in the pipeline that will make this vision a reality. The Shared Transport Service (STS) addresses two of the pain points: price and carbon emissions for trips made from Auroville and Pondicherry to Chennai.  It is a platform that enables the residents and visitors of Auroville  to  share taxi rides.  

STS Facebook Page

Book a Cab Online!

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amrutDhara

amrutDhara has been created to reduce the consumption of one time ‘use & throw’ plastic (PET) water bottles in India. In 2013, it was among the first few organisations to pioneer and test water ATM in public places. Plastic bottles are significant source of plastic waste and are responsible for serious damage to ecosystems and marine life.

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amrutDhara Website

amrutDhara Facebook Page

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Zero Waste Management

earth&us worked extensively on zero waste management with the Department of Town Panchayats in Tamil Nadu. The Department is responsible for the municipal administration of 528 Town Panchayats with 80 lakh (8 million) inhabitants. Having conducted a detailed survey by visiting 22 Town Panchayats, the team developed a training programme for the municipal staff and waste generators including households and shopkeepers. The training material took the form of 7 booklets covering a plethora of topics on waste management. The team also conducted training workshops for the senior municipal staff which was well received.

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Waste Management Training Booklets:  English  | Tamil

Needs Assesment Final Report

Needs Assesment Site Visit- A Visual Journey

Needs Assesment Site Visit Final Report

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Ethical Consumer Rating

earth&us is developing a comprehensive product rating system for the USA and India that covers social justice and equity, environmental & health impacts.

We want to facilitate better-informed consumer choices that drive the emergence of responsible enterprises and paves the way for smarter sustainability choices and reduces mindless consumerism.

The rating will be made available to consumers at the point of purchase/decision making thus, reducing the hassle of researching for sustainable and ethical products separately before purchasing from e-tailing portals.

We are incorporating latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to leverage collective human wisdom and speed the rating process thus making it possible to rate larger number of products more accurately in short time.

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ECR Proposal

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Rain Water Harvesting

Access to water in rural and remote households is a big challenge in India. In collaboration with the Govt. of Meghalaya, we have pioneered an approach that begins with installing rainwater harvesting systems at schools in water strained communities. The installation is accompanied by extensive awareness and training for school staff and parents on operating and maintaining the system. Local workforce is employed to enhance technical skills in the region. It is expected that the villagers will soon start making rainwater harvesting provisions in their homes when they see the school system working well. A similar initiative has started in Tripura through CSR funding.

This initiative is in collaboration with Biome Foundation, Bangalore.

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