The Green Eco Organisation (GEO) is the Nature Club of BIT, established in the year 2005. GEO is actively involved in a range of eco-conservation activities, and has a strong alumni contribution in its activities. It strives to make the world a better place to live through the following activities:
1. Working towards the conservation of natural flora and fauna of the immediate surroundings.
2. Planting trees and ensuring their growth, to enhance green cover and to create a cleaner environment.
3. Seeking greener solutions for all the routine needs of human beings.
4. Creating awareness among the engineering students, and the general public, on the importance of conservation and leaving behind a better world for the generations to come.
In pursuit of the above, GEO has spearheaded various programmes within and outside the BIT campus. In order to draw the strengths of the wider public and learn from their experiences in handling issues related to environment, GEO has also coordinated with various like-minded governmental and non-governmental organisations including Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Sathyamangalam Division; Siruthuli, Coimbatore; OSAI Environmental Organisation, Coimbatore; Isha Greenhands; etc. In recognition of the unrelenting spirit exhibited by the volunteers of GEO, several laurels were achieved including Green Globe Award to the Institution for having the best green cover in a technical institution in Tamil Nadu, and Nature Conservation Award – 2012 in October 2013, during the during the ‘Uyir Nizhal’ Nature Photography Exhibition organised by OSAI – an Environmental NGO and Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Coimbatore at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for being the best upcoming eco-club of an educational institution in Coimbatore & Erode districts.
The activities within campus include:
1. Planting and nurturing of more than 1500 trees in BIT as a part of Ezhil Sathy programme.
2. Organising Guest Talks to reinforce the ideas of eco-conservation and sustainable development in the minds of the students.
3. Screening eco-conservation movies and documentary films.
4. Providing alternative solutions to plastic bags during FUTURA – an annual national level students’ technical symposium.
5. Organising events and stalls to emphasise conservation, during FUTURA.
The off-campus activities include:
1. Organising yearly Anti-plastic campaign in association with Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Sathyamangalam Division, where tonnes of plastic wastes are removed from the core forest area between Bannari and Hasanur along the NH 209.
2. Sponsored the secondary education of two poor, tribal students in Malliamman Durgham Tribal village during the year 2006 – 2009.
3. As a part of the Ezhil Sathy programme, volunteers have planted trees and maintain them, in Government Hospital, Sathyamangalam and Government High School, Bunglowpudur.
4. Conducting field visits to the nearby tribal villages to educate the volunteers on the fragile nature of our eco-system, its ability to rebound, and the need to conserve it.
5. Organising public rallies emphasising the use of organic fertilisers and pesticides.
6. Volunteering in tree plantation programmes organised by Isha, Siruthuli and OSAI organisations in Coimbatore, Erode and Tiruppur districts.
7. Volunteering in anti-plastic drive organised annually at Vellingiri Foothills, Coimbatore during the peak festival season.
8. Volunteering the yearly animal and bird census conducted by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department.
9. Donated plastic cleaning sticks to OSAI Environment Organisation during December 2012.