The campus master plan is currently being reviewed with new redevelopment plans in the short and long term. Campus sustainability is high on the agenda with focus on the implications, risk and opportunities of climate change that will bring about future investment in cleaner technology to lower our carbon footprint. The process will also help us consider how we can further enhance our investments and developments in infrastructure in the best way for student and public benefits and the national economy at large.

Green Buildings
In future developments, all new buildings will be targeted to bear the BCA Green Mark Certification. The first to go for this certification is the second phase building of the School of Chemical and Life Sciences which will also house the new Food Innovation and Resource Centre.

  The BCA Green Mark Scheme was developed in consultation with NEA and PUB and was launched in January 2005 to promote environmental sustainability in local buildings. It is a green building rating system to evaluate a building for its environmental impact and performance. It provides a comprehensive framework for assessing building performance and environmental friendliness based on the following key areas:

(a) Energy Efficiency
(b) Water Efficiency
(c) Site and Project Management
(d) Indoor Environmental Quality and Environmental Protection
(e) Innovation

A building must meet minimum standards in each key area to be certified under the scheme. Depending on the overall assessment, a building will then be awarded one of the four Green Mark ratings: Green Mark Certified, Gold, GoldPLUS or Platinum.

More details on the applications, assessment process and criteria are available here.

Large tree canopies and remnants of natural woods on two hillocks continue to thrive on the grounds of SP. Birds and small animals like squirrels and monkeys share these areas thanks to strong resistance towards the development of Greenfield sites.

Even though there has been pressure to encroach on these areas, the sites being prime areas facing the MRT train station, our staunch belief in preserving these sanctuaries has paid off as only a few medium-sized common trees were lost to make way for protection of embankment from soil erosion.

We now have a Tree Management Database to assist the tracking and monitoring of over 2300 trees on our campus, which falls within the gazetted tree protection zone. This improvement will allow us to intensify our tree planting/renewal programme and natural habitat regeneration in the coming years. More than a hundred tree saplings will be planted to help mitigate or offset our carbon footprint, although this can only put back a small fraction of the environmental losses.

Clean Laboratories
The drive towards sustainability is a continuous effort. On top of current best practices, Singapore Polytechnic aims to continue to reduce or substitute the use of highly hazardous materials and to switch to utilising simulation learning where possible.

These are some of the efforts embarked on in the past two years.

  Simulation Efforts
Simulation exercises developed to instil analytical and troubleshooting skills among students have been increasingly used to help students tackle real-life situations in a realistic, yet safe environment.
Up to 28 students can carry out simulations at the Process Design & Simulation Laboratory, the home to an advanced, dynamic simulation training system. Using a suite of simulation modules that include simulations of advanced distillation, acetylene conversion, compressor operation and boiler control, students can:
  - Operate virtual chemical plants
  - Monitor process performance
  - Carry out plant start-up and shutdown
  - Handle emergency conditions and equipment malfunction scenarios
  Reduction in usage of hazardous materials
Highly hazardous chemicals and reagents can severely damage the environment if not handled or disposed of properly. The best way to reduce any risk of an incident is to simply cut down on in-house experiments that may involve these substances. Steps to do so include:
Eliminating the use of Xylene in slide preparations of white blood cells to detect DNA and RNA.
Reducing the use of Solvent Acetone, Hydrogen Peroxide, Concentrated Sulphuric Acid and Isopropyl Alcohol by conducting demonstrations instead of experiments.
Reducing the quantity of Acetone used for preparation of epoxy resin and Toluene for use in the preparation of Polyester.

As the new Integrated Chemical Management Database is being implemented to facilitate online data access and quick traceability of chemicals, biological materials and toxic wastes in our laboratories and workshops, we will continue to build upon the online system for other aspects of our laboratory management so that our staff and students can enjoy a yet safer and cleaner environment.

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