Why NAAC Green Audit is Important for Educational Institutions?

MIT Square
3 min readJun 17, 2024


Prof Sushila Rajan, Professor & HoD, CICMS

Dr Mithileysh Sathiyanarayanan, Founder & CEO, MIT Square

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The NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) Green Audit is a rigorous evaluation process designed to assess an institution’s commitment to environmental sustainability and eco-conscious practices. It evaluates various aspects such as energy conservation, waste management, water usage, green infrastructure, and environmental education initiatives.

Conducted by experienced professionals, a green audit involves inspecting the spatial area of the institution and verifying data. This systematic process includes identifying, quantifying, reporting, and optimizing elements to enhance the establishment’s eco-friendliness and sustainability.

Given the urgent need to address climate change, educating youth on sustainable and eco-friendly practices is crucial. Conducting a green audit in educational institutions is a vital step towards promoting eco-friendly practices and sensitizing young minds to environmental responsibility. Here are seven reasons why a green audit is essential for educational institutions:

  1. Improves NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) Score: NAAC accreditation, mandatory for higher learning institutions, assesses the quality of education, infrastructure, research, and overall experience, with grades ranging from A to A++. A green audit can enhance an institution’s NAAC score, boosting its reputation and trustworthiness.
  2. Streamlines Campus Functioning: Green audits verify and inspect operations, providing optimized plans for resource efficiency. They report on areas like plantations, green buildings, resource utilization, waste management, transportation, and overall cleanliness. By identifying and addressing mismanagement, audits ensure more effective and streamlined operations.
  3. Financial Savings: By identifying inefficient resource usage, green audits offer alternative plans for conservation. For instance, detecting water wastage and proposing water-saving measures can reduce water bills and conserve resources, leading to long-term financial savings.
  4. Identifies and Mitigates Potential Threats: Green audits uncover hazardous threats overlooked by management. Examples include loose electrical wires posing fire risks or excessive glass usage causing overheating and increased energy consumption. Addressing these threats enhances campus safety and efficiency.
  5. Promotes Environmental Awareness and Responsibility: Implementing green audits fosters a culture of sustainability within educational institutions. It educates students and staff about eco-friendly practices, energy conservation, waste management, and sustainable living. By integrating environmental education into daily operations, institutions can inspire the next generation to adopt responsible behaviors towards the planet.
  6. Compliance with Environmental Regulations: Green audits ensure that institutions comply with local and national environmental regulations. Adhering to these regulations not only avoids legal issues but also demonstrates the institution’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
  7. Enhances Institutional Image and Reputation: A commitment to sustainability through green audits enhances an institution’s image and reputation. It attracts environmentally conscious students, staff, and partners, and positions the institution as a leader in sustainability practices.

In summary, green audits are vital for educational institutions as they improve accreditation scores, optimize operations, save money, identify risks, promote environmental responsibility, ensure regulatory compliance, and enhance the institution’s reputation. By adopting green audits, educational institutions can contribute significantly to environmental sustainability and prepare future generations to face environmental challenges responsibly.

MIT Square supports institutions with green audit mentoring, guidance, assessment, customized solutions, and reporting.

MIT Square takes a holistic approach to NAAC Green Audits, focusing not only on compliance but also on helping institutions develop sustainable practices for the long term. Our team of experienced auditors conducts thorough assessments, identifying areas for improvement and offering practical solutions to enhance environmental performance.



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