Sustainability Steering Committee

The Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) is a university-wide committee that has been established to promote sustainability in the planning, development, and operation of NUS’ campus environment and facilities.

The SSC reports to the President of NUS directly and is made up of representatives from the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Office of Senior Vice President (Campus Infrastructure), Office of Safety, Health & Environment, Office of Estate Development, Office of Facilities Management, Office of Campus Amenities and Office of Housing Services. Five subcommittees/ task forces have been formed under the SSC:


To apply sustainability principles to building retrofitting, and ensure energy efficiency and conservation in our operations, NUS has set up an Energy Task Force (ETF) comprising representatives from several campus infrastructure, student residential and sustainability-related offices. Strategies adopted by the ETF include:

Energy Management Policies

We will introduce policies aimed at modifying behaviours and encouraging staff and students to be more energy efficient. We have progressively introduced pay-per-use scheme for faculties, administrative departments, research institutes and student residences.

Space Management

We optimise space use on campus by creating shared adaptable spaces and minimising the need to build new facilities as the university expands. This will save electricity as the need to cool and operate the spaces is eliminated.

Adopt Energy Efficient Technologies

We will continue to invest in green infrastructure and equipment, such as centralised energy-efficient chillers and photovoltaic solar panels on roofs. We have introduced more green spaces such as roof gardens and vertical greenery on campus. The facilities team are sent for energy-management certification to equip them with required knowledge to run the infrastructure and equipment efficiently.

Education and Empowerment

Our campus-wide sustainability programmes encourage staff and students to practise sustainable habits that reduce energy consumption and minimise energy wastage. This includes encouraging staff and students to buy green appliances and switch off electrical appliances when they are not in use. Faculties are also empowered to introduce their own energy conservation programmes.

Leveraging on our Research Network

We work with our researchers and use the campus as a test bed for new energy-efficient technologies, and the lessons gained are applied to the operation and maintenance of the campus.

Through these strategies, the ETF aims to:

  • transform NUS into one of the most environmentally friendly university campuses in the world.
  • by 2020, reduce the energy usage intensity by 20% from 2012 levels.

To find out more about the projects and initiatives carried out by the ETF, please go to this page.