sustainABLE NUS Showcase 2017
The sustainABLE NUS Showcase is NUS’ inaugural event to highlight actions that the University is taking to transform NUS into a greener campus, as well as the University’s efforts in research and education to meet sustainability challenges of today and the future. To be held at Town Plaza at University Town from 29 to 30 August 2017 from 11.30am to 2.30pm, the Showcase aims to inspire, educate and allow the NUS community of students and staff to explore current and real-life sustainability possibilities.
Bringing together various NUS offices, faculties, research institutes and student groups, as well as government and community partners, the Showcase focuses on four key areas:
- Sustainability in Operations
- The National University of Singapore is committed to protecting the environment and seeks to incorporate sustainability in all aspects of campus life – from research, education, operations, planning, construction, and instruction to public service.The NUS Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) is a university-wide committee established in 2015 to promote sustainability in the planning, development and operation of NUS’ campus environment and facilities. The SSC is headed by the Vice President (Campus Infrastructure) and comprises five task forces: Energy Task Force, Water Management Task Force, Waste Minimisation & Recycling Task Force, Built Environment Task Force, and Green Spaces (in Buildings) Task Force.
- The ongoing efforts of the Task Forces seek to minimize the environmental footprint of the university in the context of a campus that is continuing to grow and rejuvenate. The goals and strategies of the SSC and the respective Task Forces are detailed in the NUS Sustainability Strategic Plan 2017-2020.
- Sustainability in Research & Education
- As a global university centred in Asia, NUS strives to deliver high-impact research. In 2017, the NUSustainability Cluster was formed to bring together faculty members, students, and staff across NUS to work together, adopting a holistic approach to solve critical issues on sustainability in five key areas: water, energy, environment, waste and food. The NUSustainability cluster supports a suite of cross-disciplinary research activities, and comprises three main pillars of NUS faculty and faculty centres, NUS university level centres, and industry collaborations. Through these pillars, NUS will provide real-world sustainability-related solutions which cut across all domains of science, engineering, business, social sciences and policy studies.
- The University recognises the importance of environmental sustainability, and the need to educate and groom future leaders who are aware and passionate about sustainability. In addition to specialised sustainability-related degree programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the University offers over 60 course modules in sustainability-related topics that are generally open to students to enrol in. The School of Design and Environment, for example, offers four Bachelor and 13 Master degree programmes in architecture, industrial design, building and real estate with tailored curricula to equip students with an understanding of sustainability in the built environment. SDE aims to combine education with cutting edge research on concepts such as Well & Green buildings – an innovative approach that focuses on both comfort of occupants and environmental sustainability, thus expanding the green building agenda to a more user-centric outcome.
- Sustainability in Community Engagement
- NUS’ environmental student groups play a big part in promoting environmental sustainability both on and off campus, acting as a catalyst for change by heightening awareness of various sustainability issues such as climate change, resource conservation and biodiversity. These groups include NUS Students Against Violation of the Earth (SAVE), Energy Carta, and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) Drongos.
- In addition, residential colleges on campus such as Ridge View Residential College embraces sustainability and environmental stewardship as part of their programmes. The Halls of Residences also actively reduce their environmental impact as part of the annual InterHall Environmental Award organised by the Office of Environmental Sustainability. Established in 2009, the Award aims to promote sustainable living on campus, as well as reduce environmental impact of the Halls.
- Partnerships in Sustainability
- The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 outlines Singapore’s national vision and plans for a more liveable and sustainable Singapore, to support the diverse needs and growing aspirations of Singaporeans. The Blueprint is a plan for action and provides organisations and individuals with a unique opportunity to work together to create a better home, a better environment, and a better future that we can all be proud of.
- By working with various government and community partners, the University hopes to contribute towards the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint’s vision for a liveable and endearing home, a vibrant and sustainable city, and an active and gracious community. The following partners are represented at the sustainABLE NUS Showcase: Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Building and Construction Authority, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, and South West Community Development Council.