INTRODUCTION

The inaugural issue of the SP Environment and Sustainability Report was first published in late 2005 and chronicled the milestones, achievements, projects and policies undertaken by our institution since sustainability efforts began in 1997. And we were extremely pleased to note that our report was the 2005 winner of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants [ACCA] award for Best Environmental Report in the environmental reporting category.

Internally, the success of the report motivated staff to share their own green experiences through seminars and activities. Outside of campus, the report attracted the attention of several interest groups such as our industry partners and other educational institutions.

Reaching Out To More
Feedback on the report may be few but they were all positive. However, it was noted that several staff had commented on the report’s modest publicity and the limited distribution of our report. As a result, the new 2007 Environmental and Sustainability Report has been created to be more interactive and more proactive in engaging the views of our various stakeholders and creating greater interest in environmental sustainability.

A web-based report serves as a tool to garner ideas on how we, as educators, can do more for the environment. It also makes it easier for readers to provide feedback on issues such as our progress with our environmental policies and activities. All feedback and responses will be collated and published in 2008 as an interim account and also in the 2009 report.

On Sustainability
  “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
- Our Common Future, The Brundtland Report, 1987
 

The motion for sustainability was introduced 20 years ago but remains relevant today. Now, environmental sustainability affects the material economy and wellbeing of individuals and communities more than ever. The 4th Global Environmental Outlook Report [GEO-4], published in October 2007, warns that

  "we are living far beyond our means. The human population is now so large that the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available… humanity’s footprint [its environmental demand] is 21.9 hectares per person while the Earth’s biological capacity is, on average, only 15.7 hectares per person”  

It also says that
  "the well-being of billions of people in the developing world is at risk”  

We need to act responsibly in the way we manage our environment, economic and social resources. We need to build and maintain a sustainable future.

As an institute of higher learning, we are at the forefront of education, training and research. We believe in adopting a holistic approach. So while we mould the hearts and minds of our students to face new challenges, we also raise their awareness of environmental impacts. Because sustainability is more than just about keeping the campus clean. It’s about moulding a brighter future and nurturing an environmentally-conscious society.


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