GLOSSARY

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ABC Waters Programme Initiatives to beautify the waters of Singapore to help the public appreciate the value of clean water and transform the waterways into ‘A’ for Active, ‘B’ for Beautiful, ‘C’ for Clean.
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Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) Largest and fastest-growing global professional accountancy body which also advances environmental accounting at an international level.
Assessment Report (AR4) Published by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) to provide scientific technical and socio-economic information about the causes of climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences and the adaptation and mitigation options to respond to it.
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Brundtland Report Entitled ‘Our Common Future’, this report was a publication of the United Nation World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. The report outlined definitions and guiding principles for sustainable development.
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Capacity Building Assistance that is provided to entities to develop certain skills or competencies for upgrading of performance ability.
Carbon Emission Amount of carbon dioxide released due to human activities.
Carbon Footprint Measures the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide produced.
Climate Change Rise in global temperatures and changes in normal climate due to environmental pollution and global warming.
Clean Energy Energy that causes little or no harm to the environment.
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Environmental Sustainability The ability to maintain qualities that are valued in the physical environment such as quality of life, all aspects of the natural environment and the functioning of society.
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Global Environmental Outlook Report (GEO-4) Launched on 25 October 2007, the GEO-4 addresses the key challenges facing our planet, highlights emerging environmental issues that require policy attention and makes recommendations for decision makers to act upon.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) An organism whose genetic material has been altered through cross breeding or by introducing genes from another species.
GeBIZ Government Electronic Business portal providing a one-stop centre for suppliers to trade with the entire government, thus ensuring transparency, fair and open competition and value for money.
Green Leaf Award Launched by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources at the 1991 Clean & Green Week campaign, it recognises individuals, youths and organisations which have made outstanding contributions to the protection of the local environment.
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HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award Established with the support of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to recognise youths for their outstanding contributions, achievements and commitment towards environmental protection and nature conservation in Singapore.
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ISO 9001 An international standard for quality management systems.
ISO 14001 An international standard for environmental management systems.
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Leading HR Awards Singapore Human Resources Institute’s recognition framework to mark successes and accomplishments in the HR fraternity.
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Local In Singapore. The geographical size of the city state is the smallest. In Southeast Asia, at 704.0 km².
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People Developer Standard A quality standard that gives recognition to organisations that invest in their people and have a comprehensive system for developing their staff. This human resource development certification scheme is administered by SPRING Singapore.
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Singapore Environment Council A non-profit, independently managed organisation with a mission to nurture and facilitate environmental causes in Singapore.
Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H. Award (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health) Presented by the Health Promotion Board to give national recognition to organisations with commendable Workplace Health Promotion programmes.
Singapore Polytechnic Environment Club Run by students to raise awareness and understanding of environmental issues, instil a sense of responsibility for the environment and a personal commitment to protect the environment, and educate and cultivate an appreciation and interest in the environment.
Singapore Quality Award (SQA) The highest accolade given to organisations for business excellence, the award aims to build a pool of world-class organisations that will serve as key drivers of economic growth so as to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness.
Singapore Quality Class (SQC) Provides organisations with a framework for achieving business excellence. Based on widely accepted international models, the SQC Business Excellence Framework has seven dimensions – leadership, planning, information, people, processes, customers and results.
SP Amazing Green Race

Organized by the SP Green Committee and SP ENV Club, the SP Amazing Green Race lets SP staff get interested in green issues by racing around the campus, to find the latest conservation efforts or just enjoying the greenery or doing some green things on campus they wouldn’t have done otherwise. Every year, it explores different ways of helping staff appreciate nature. In 2005, teams ran around green campus sites looking for clues on a green theme. In 2006, staff played Green games, stroll and take photos of campus on a Green theme. Apart from racing through five game stations in 2007, the teams had to collect recyclable wastes to put up a Green poster message within the race time of one hour fifteen minutes.

Watch SP Amazing Green Race 2006 on youtube.

SP Green Buddy Award Given to staff, schools or departments and students who, for their Green efforts and innovative ideas in promoting environmental awareness or implementing activities, have fostered or will foster significant protection, preservation and improvement of the environment in Singapore Polytechnic.
SP ECO-Office Challenge Award Newly introduced in 2007 to give due recognition to school/department offices that have implemented resource conservation practices and have high level of awareness. The self-audit format and assessment criteria are similar to Singapore Environment Council’s ECO Office Project.
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Tertiary Institutions Council for the Environment (TICE) Formed in 1995, TICE comprises representatives from local universities and polytechnics. It was set up to establish a network among tertiary institutions to share resources and expertise and to facilitate an exchange of ideas when conducting educational programmes in order to encourage a proactive approach to the environment among tertiary students.


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