Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

CSMVS – A Green Museum

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CSMVS is conscious of its role as a global institute and is dedicated to discharging its responsibility towards preserving the environment. It has a Green Policy that provides a framework for the development of green practices. This seeps deep into employee habits and is realised in garnering solar energy, LED lighting, water conservation and harvesting, no-plastic approach and waste management.

In 2019, the Museum received the highest PLATINUM Rating under Existing Building category from Indian Green Building Council IGBC for global leadership in environment management. CSMVS is probably the first Museum in the world located in a heritage building, in a heritage precinct to achieve such a distinction.

The project has been supported by the Rotary Club of Bombay, Tata Steel and Tata Chemicals. The Clean Mumbai Foundation has also contributed equipment for the project.

Key Features

Solar Panels : Over three phases, the Museum has installed solar panels that can generate 67000 units of electricity annually saving Rs. 7 Lakh per year.

Waste management plan : The Museum’s waste management plan has been improved with the installation of a composite machine that recycles biodegradable waste which is used as manure for the museum gardens and lawns.Segregation of dustbins and a plastic bottle recycler has been installed which helps in preventing plastics from being thrown with general garbage.

Rain-water harvesting : Rain water harvesting has been taken to a new level with the installation of larger water tanks leading to over 80,000 litres of rain water being harvested every day and 29 million litres each year. This water is used to irrigate the green areas of the museum. It is measured carefully with specially installed water-meters. Further water is saved through specially designed aereators which reduce the water flow.

Energy efficiency : The Museum has invested in a Chiller plant for its air conditioning requirements which uses a non CFC gas based system which is environment friendly.

Good quality of air : Air monitoring devices have been installed at various points in the Museum which actively record how much Carbon footprint the Museum leaves.

Bio-friendly choices : The general cleaning of floors has been made green by the use of bio-friendly cleaning agents.

Access : The Museum campus is made accessible for visitors with ramps and elevators. Other facilities such as wheelchairs and accessible toilets make for a comfortable visit to the Museum.