Manipal University campus covers 313 acres of land with 20, 000 inhabitants and is built on lateritic rock. Over the years, the entire place has been transformed into a green campus, which is testimony of the dedication and commitment of the management towards a greener Manipal. This transformation was made possible by adopting various innovative and scientific methods in the areas of solid waste management, rainwater harvesting, energy conservation and waste water recycling to name a few
Since inception, the Manipal group has always viewed community and social development as its primary mission. There has always been a well-defined focus on enhancing the quality of life in and around Manipal. As part of this larger mission, it has been the constant endeavor of the Manipal group to make Manipal a ‘‘Sustainable Eco-campus’’.
Apart from this it is a ‘No Smoking Campus’ and all vehicles entering the campus are required to have a Pollution under control certificate. Rain water harvesting, conservation and recycling of water, state-of-the-art waste disposal systems, energy saving devices and use of solar energy wherever possible are a few innovative methods which have made the atmosphere in Manipal very eco-friendly.
Manipal University has been certified as complying to ISO 9001:2008 & 14001:2004 requirements which is a series of voluntary standards on Quality and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) developed and maintained by ISO. The ISO 14000 family addresses “Environmental Management". This means what the organization does to; minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and continually improve its environmental performance. At Manipal, ‘‘Sustainable Development” is not a mere slogan but has become a way of life.