Arivazhagan "Ari", CEO, IIPM, delivered
Chief Guest address on the occasion of inauguration of “International
Conference on Green Technologies" at
St. Peter’s University on Wednesday, 19th March 2014.
Earlier, Prof. Dr.D.S.Ramachandra Murthy, Vice Chancellor, Mr. Mark
Griffith, Chief Operating Officer, Leighton and Guest of Honor, Dr. Selvan,
Principal of the College and Dr. Parthiban, HOD of Civil Engineering
addressed the gathering and shared their experiences in Green
In his inaugural / chief guest address, to a gathering of nearly
200 - 300 students from various colleges around India, Mr. Ari explained
about the basics and benefits of Lean Green Construction
using classic example of the environmental impacts of irresponsible
pollution created by uncontrollable/poorly moderated industrial growth and
irresponsible usage of natural resources like coal, water, power etc.
He used a flight
story on "Traveling to Mars" to convey the message to
students on the importance of "Lean Green Technologies".
To demonstrate the Global impact, he took the audience on a virtual
flight journey from Chennai, India – Paris, France and then later to
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........ and could not land his flight in those cities because of the
thick smog and poor visibility owing to the abuse of the natural resources
which resulted the heavy environmental pollution and as a last resort, he
took the passengers to the Red Planet (Mars) saying that, very soon our own
Blue Planet (Earth) is likely to become a Red Planet, so that the passengers
get the first-hand idea of how inhabitable the Red Planet would be.
Fortunately or unfortunately, a call from the Mother Earth to abort
the visit to Mars and return came to the commander claiming there is a safe
landing place on the Earth, which he said, is Chennai, India whose
environmental pollution levels are, although above the WHO permitted the
limits of 20 micro gram per cubic meter of air, it is definitely not as bad
as Paris (400 micro gram per cubic meter of air) or Beijing (600 micro gram per
cubic meter of air) which are almost 20 to 30 times more than WHO permitted
air pollution limits. The commander of the flight and pass angers were so
happy and on alighting from the flight, they resolved to save the
environment from pollution in order not to turn the Blue Planet to Red
The students as well as the professors were highly thrilled to hear
the story and realized the importance of the pollution levels in the major
cities of the developed countries/developing countries and the impact it has
in general on the Blue Planet and finally why it is high time the
construction industry adopted “Lean Green Construction” to
save the Blue Planet for the benefit of the future young generation.
He also declared on behalf of IIPM two grants of each Rs. 10,000 to
two student papers on Lean Green Construction by St.
Peter’s University students. In order to create awareness of Lean
Green Construction and sustain the interest of students on Lean Green
Construction, he stressed upon the students to start implementing
Lean Green efforts at their homes first.
He even went on to suggesting the audience and the students an idea
to innovate a product that will have a sensor which will sense the presence
of the human beings in bedrooms or halls and switch off the fans & lights
when no human beings are present continuously for more than 1 minute in
order to save the precious electrical energy which in turn avoids burning
coal in thermal power plants, considered a major cause for environmental
The students and the professors applauded the idea and were keen to
explore the possibility of implementing this idea as their student’s
project. The address came to an end with a thundering of applause from the
audience for his wonderful inspirational speech to the students.