Odisha’s First Museum with a fully functional “rooftop” solar power plant (largest in Odisha till Date with 189.2 KvA of solar power generation capacity). 80-100% dependency on solar power since 2015.
Only museums in Odisha with rain water harvesting system (till date). Every year recharge of 300k liters (approx.) of groundwater.
First museum in India to use bio-decomposers (functional since 2008) for faster decomposition of green waste to further use in Vermi-Composting and making vermi-wash to further use in museum garden and landscape over the concept of “taking from nature and giving it back”.
First declared Plastic free government campus in Odisha (declared since May 1st, 2018), strict penalty on plastic littering.
First Museum to promote recycling of material up to maximum extent.
Since June 2018 the museum has innovated a completely distinct technique of making 100% biodegradable exhibits and models and has avoided approximately 800-900 kg use of plastic till August 27, 2019. Based on this technique life sized models of stingray, king cobra (12 ft long), baby giraffe (9 ft. high), komodo dragon (7 ft long), silverback gorilla (5 ft high and 5.5 ft. long) have already been prepared. A life sized estuarine crocodile (length 24ft), life sized hippopotamus with baby and a model of dinosaur is still under preparation. Most of them can be used for touch and feel activities and interactive learning. Material cost is much lower than other methods. Models are completely or at least 98% biodegradable. They are durable and sturdy. Can easily be moved and transported with necessary carefulness. Life of models is estimated to be 10-15 years (in moderate conditions). Approximately 60-90% of models may be recycled again in future once the model is outdated. Texture, shape, look and feel are extremely realistic and no less qualitative than models made of fiber plastic and resin etc. All models are made over well-balanced/pre-planned main-frame/skeleton to provide good support and undistorted body structure in the long run. Only organic, traditional and sustainable preventive materials and medicines are used to save models from rodents, insects and fungus. i.e. Sodium Bicarbonate (for fungus), Essential oils and Cupric Sulfate (for insects) and DIY traps to catch rodents.