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:
The Energy Task Force (ETF) aims to transform NUS into one of the most energy efficient university campuses. It looks at ways to reduce energy wastage and enhance the efficient use of energy on campus by working with the various faculties, offices and student groups. The Task Force adopts strategies such as energy management policies, space management, use of energy efficient technologies, education and empowerment, and leveraging on the research network.
The Water Management Task Force (WMTF) was set up to enhance optimal water usage in campus. Through various management strategies, the WMTF ensures reduction in reliance on potable water.
Some of its key strategies include progressively introducing the highest Water Efficient Buildings standards for new buildings, and introducing water recycling, storm water collection, and other water efficient features for cooling plants and systems for new projects. Other strategies include sub-metering and regular review of buildings’ consumption, as well as introducing more water efficient washing methods and scheduled checks to monitor and manage leakages and water consumption.
The Waste Management & Recycling Task Force (WART) looks into ways to reduce waste generation and boost recycling rates in campus. It also works to encourage and inculcate a culture of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle amongst the NUS community.
The Built Environment Task Force (BETF) promotes sustainability in the planning, development, and operation of NUS’s campus environment and facilities. It looks at incorporating sustainability features and principles in the design, planning and construction of new infrastructure and buildings on campus.
The Green Spaces Task Force (GSTF) looks into ways to increase and enhance the quality of green spaces in the built environment of our campus, including vertical greenery and roof gardens. In addition to recommending policies and associated strategies for greenery in new developments and existing buildings, the Task Force also engages students & faculties to use green spaces for learning and research.