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Singapore Polytechnic launches first of its kind commemorative green book

Singapore, 30 July 2014 – Singapore Polytechnic (SP) today launched a 120-page coffee table book titled ‘Campus in a Garden’, as part of its year-long 60th anniversary celebrations. The book documents the close to 230 species of plants and over 50 species of birds spotted on SP’s lush campus, and celebrates its commitment to appreciating and conserving the environment.

The book was a result of the combined effort of more than 60 individuals, including staff, students and external advisors from the Nature Society Singapore. It was a labour of love for green enthusiasts, which saw ‘Campus in a Garden’ come to fruition over a period of 10 months. The book hopes to hopes to make staff and students ‘live and think green’.

Since its inception in 1954, SP has continuously sought to preserve its existing flora and replenish greenery despite the extensive campus redevelopment that at times threatens to dislodge the flora and fauna. Today, SP remains the first and only polytechnic that has such rich heritage as well as greenery.

Rare species abound in SP

SP is home to some of the rarest species of flora such as the Brown Woolly Fig (Ficus Drupacea), of which, four out of only 10 such trees in Singapore are found on the SP campus. These four trees are now classified by National Parks Board as Heritage Trees and preserved for posterity. There are 214 Heritage Trees in Singapore. In addition, there are 2,300 trees with a girth of more than one metre found on the 38-hectare campus.

The same can be said of the fauna, with the rare Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot and Oriental Magpie-robin having been spotted on occasion as well (please refer to Annex A for full list of flora and fauna).

To encourage green fingers and foster stronger friendships and community on campus, SP has set up 11 community gardens amidst its lush campus. Each is managed by an academic school as well as the SP Environment Club.  These gardens yield bountiful harvests of edibles including fruits such as jambu, jackfruit, chiku, custard apple, passion fruit, longan and star fruit; vegetables such as belimbing, pak choi, capsicum, pandan; and herbs like dill, laksa leaf, Thai and sweet basil, curry leaf and Indian borage.

SP’s many green initiatives

In recognition of the effort to preserve nature as well as create green awareness amongst staff, the institution was awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010; the highest accolade for local organisations. Among the many green initiatives launched by SP are:

  • Community gardens tended by staff and students comprising florals and edibles
  • Tree auction and plating to raise monies for needy students
  • Carbon footprint competition for staff and students to raise awareness and encourage more efficient use of our resources
  • Special landscaped gardens such as The Sanctuary and Eco Oasis
  • Five-prong effort to reduce energy consumption, nurture and appreciate nature, maintain cleanliness, participate in community service, and initiate environmental activities which was recognised with the ECo (Environment and Community) Award from Southwest Community Development Council in 2011
  • Outreach efforts to encourage a love of nature among secondary school students through our environment trails on campus

“We are privileged to have such abundant greenery that enhances our learning spaces at SP, and encourages our staff and students to appreciate and care for our living environment. I hope that we will continue to nurture a strong environmental culture at SP that will inspire others for generations to come”, said Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Choon Shian.

Tree Planting Ceremony

In addition to the launch of ‘Campus in a Garden’, a total of 15 trees were planted by members of SP’s Board of Governors (BOG) today in SP as a symbolic gesture of its commitment to the environment.

As an extension of the celebrations today, staff and students ran 60 rounds around the leafy campus. The event was specially modified from SP’s iconic annual event, Poly 50; which traditionally has participants running 50 laps around the campus, to be Poly 60 this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Singapore’s first polytechnic. The runners were cheered on by the new SP mascot, Jumba which was also unveiled today (please refer to Annex B for more info on Poly 50 and Jumba).

A digital copy of ‘Campus in a Garden’ is available online at http://www.sp.edu.sg/publications/campusinagarden.pdf.

 

Cover of commemorative coffee table book, ‘Campus in a Garden’, launched by SP today as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations

 

SP Environment Club members holding the newly launched coffee table book, ‘Campus in a Garden’

 

SP’s Principal and CEO, Tan Choon Shian, watering the tree he has just planted today as a symbolic gesture to reinforce SP’s commitment to the environment.

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ABOUT SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC (www.sp.edu.sg)

Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 50 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students.  SP has adopted a proven creative teaching and learning framework and it offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes. 

The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates, who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready.  Among the network of more than 178,000 SP alumni are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multinational and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government.

SP is the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.

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FACTSHEET

List of flora and fauna found on SP campus

 

CLIMBERS

 

FERNS

1

Allamanda oenotheraefolia

1

Adiantum flabellulatum

2

Antigonon leptopus

2

Angiopteris evecta

3

Bauhinia kockiana

3

Asplenium nidus

4

Clerodendrum thomsoniae

4

Blechnum gibbum

5

Clitoria ternatea

5

Davalia denticulata

6

Clitoria ternatea var. plenifolia

6

Dicranopteris linearis

7

Dissotis rotundifolia

7

Dynaria quercifolia

8

Epipremnum aureum

8

Equisetum hyemale

9

Episcia cultivar

9

Lygodium microphyllum

10

Episcia curpreata ' Acajou'

10

Lycopodium cernuum

11

Episcia cupreata 'Frosty'

11

Micosorum punctatum 'Grandiceps'

12

Ficus pumila

12

Nephrolepis falcata forma furcans

13

Ipomoea cairica

13

Nephrolepis biserrata

14

Monstera deliciosa

14

Platycerium coronarium

15

Philodendron erubescens 'Gold'

15

Psilotum nudum

16

Philodendron selloum

16

Pteris ensiformis

17

Pilea microphylla

17

Pyrrosia longifolia

18

Quisqualis indica

18

Pyrrosia piloselloides

19

Syngonium podophyllum

 

 

20

Tetracera indica

 

 

21

Thunbergia grandiflora 'Alba'

 

 

22

Thunbergia laurifolia

 

 

23

Tristellateia australasiae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PALMS

1

Bismarckia nobilis 'Silver'

2

Caryota mitis

3

Caryota no

4

Cocos nucifera

5

Cyrtostachys renda

6

Dypsis lutescens

7

Euterpe edulis

8

Johannesteijmannia altifrons

9

Latania lontaroides

10

Licuala grandis

11

Phoenix sylvestris

12

Ptychosperma macarthurii

13

Rhapis excelsa

14

Roystonea regia

15

Veitchia merrillii

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHRUBS

 

 

1

Aglaonema hybrid

56

Hymenocallis speciosa

2

Alocasia macrorrhizos

57

Ixora

3

Aloe vera

58

Jatropha intergerrima

4

Alpinia purpurata

59

Kalanchoe species

5

Arachis pintoi

60

Lagerstroemia indica

6

Artemisia scoparia

61

Lantana camara

7

Arundina gramnifolia

62

Lespedeza bicolor

8

Asparagus densiflorus

63

Leucophyllum frutescens

9

Asystasia gangetica

64

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum

10

Asystasia gangetica 'Alba'

65

Melastoma malabathricum

11

Axonopus compressus

66

Mimosa pudica

12

Baphianitida

67

Mirabilis jalapa

13

Belamcanda chinensis

68

Murraya koenigii

14

Breynia nivosa

69

Musa cultivar

15

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

70

Mussaenda erythrophylla

16

Caladium bicolor

71

Neomarica longifolia

17

Calathea insignis

72

Ophiopogon jaburan

18

Calathea loeseneri

73

Osmoxylum lineare

19

Calathea lutea

74

Otacanthus caeruleus

20

Cananga odorata

75

Oxalis corniculata

21

Canna hybrid

76

Pandanus amaryllifolia

22

Caphalea kirondron

77

Pandanus pygmaeus

23

Centella asiatica

78

Pandanas tectorius cultivar

24

Chlorophytum bichetii

79

Pandanus utilis

25

Cleome rutidosperma

80

Pennisetum setaceum ' Rubrum'

26

Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense'

81

Phyllanthus cochinchinensis

27

Clerodendrum paniculatum

82

Phyllanthus myrtifolius

28

Complaya tribolata

83

Phyllanthus urinaria

29

Cordyline fruticosa 'Firebrand'

84

Piper sarmentosa

30

Cordyline fruticosa 'Miniature'

85

Plumbago auriculata

31

Costus woodsonii

86

Pogonantherum paniseum

32

Crinum asiaticum

87

Pontederia cordata

33

Crossandra infundibuliformis

88

Portulaca grandiflora cultivars

34

Cyanotis cristata

89

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii

35

Cymbopogon citratus

90

Rosa cultivars

36

Cyperus papyrus

91

Sanchezia speciosa

37

Dendrobium crumenatum

92

Sansevieria cylindrica

38

Dianella ensifolia

93

Sansevieria trifasciata cultivar

39

Dieffenbachia amoena

94

Schefflera arboricola

40

Dracaena fragrans

95

Senna surattensis

41

Dracaena loureiri

96

Tabernaemontana corymbosa 'Flore Pleno'

42

Draceana marginata

97

Tabernaemontana divaricata

43

Dracaena reflexa

98

Tecomaria capensis

44

Duranta erecta

99

Thalia geniculata

45

Echinodorus palaefolius

100

Thumatococcus daniellii

46

Etlingera elatior

101

Tibouchina urvileana

47

Euphorbia milii

102

Tradescantia spathacea

48

Excoecaria cochinchinensis

103

Turnera subulata

49

Furcraea gigantea 'Striata'

104

Turnera ulmifolia

50

Hamelia patens

105

Thypha angustifolia

51

Hedyotis corymbosa

106

Wrightia religiosa

52

Heliconia

107

Xanthostemon youngii

53

Hibiscus cultivars

108

Xiphidium caeruleum

54

Hibiscus sabdariffa

109

Yucca gloriosa

55

Hippeastrum hybrid

110

Zephyranthes grandiflora

 

 

111

Zephyranthes rosea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREES

 

 

1

Acacia auriculiformis

32

Hopea odorata

2

Acacia mangium

33

Jacaranda obtusifolia

3

Adenenthera pavonina

34

Khaya senegalensis

4

Alstonia scholaris

35

Lagerstroemia langkawiensis

5

Ardisia elliptica

36

Lagerstroemia speciosa

6

Artocarpus heterophyllus

37

Leptospermum brachyandrum

7

Averrhoa bilimbi

38

Lophanthera lactescens

8

Averrhoa carambola

39

Maniltoa lenticellata

9

Azadirachta excelsa

40

Michelia champaca

10

Azadirachta indica

41

Moringa oleifera

11

Bauhinia blakeana

42

Nephelium lappceum

12

Bucida molineti

43

Peltophorum pterocarpum

13

Calliandra emarginata

44

Pisonia grandis

14

Calopyllum soulattri

45

Plumeria rubra

15

Carica papaya

46

Podocarpus polystachyus

16

Cerbera odollum

47

Pouteria obovata

17

Cinnamomum iners

48

Psidium guajava

18

Coffea liberica

49

Pterocarpus indicus

19

Couroupita guianensis

50

Ravenala madagascariensis

20

Cratoxylum formosum

51

Salix babylonica

21

Dalbergia latifolia

52

Samanea saman

22

Dillenia suffruticosa

53

Saraca cauliflora

23

Fagraea crenulata

54

Swietenia macrophylla

24

Fagraea fragrans

55

Syzygium aqueum

25

Ficus drupacea

56

Synzygium campanulatum

26

Ficus lyrata

57

Synzygium grande

27

Ficus microcarpa

58

Syzygium polyanthum

28

Filicium decipiens

59

Tabebuai rosea

29

Garcinia atroviridis

60

Tamarindus indica

30

Garcinia subelliptica

61

Tecoma stans

31

Gymnostoma nobile

62

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

 

 

 

 

About Poly 50

Poly 50 is a relay run organised by Singapore Polytechnic (SP), where a team comprising 10 members including at least three females, run a total of 50 laps around campus. It was launched in 1970 with the aim of fostering team spirit among the school community through sports. The first Poly 50 relay run was organised by the SP Students’ Sports Club which was then under the purview of SP Students’ Union. Making its debut at the Prince Edward campus, participants had to complete 50 laps around the classroom corridors, the clay and lawn areas surrounding the main building of the campus. This tradition has withstood the test of time, continuing in SP from campus to campus. Today, it is one of the most eagerly awaited and the oldest annual event in SP, spanning more than 40 years of tradition. This year, in commemoration of SP’s 60th anniversary, Poly 50 will be specially modified to Poly 60, where the teams will run 10 additional laps around the campus. To date, some 50,000 staff and students have participated in Poly 50.

About Jumba

Launched on 30 July, 2014, Jumba is the lion mascot of Singapore Polytechnic (SP). Jumba’s name was derived from the Swahili word “Jumbe” which means leader. Ever the positive lion, Jumba is the cheer master for Team SP, leading the SP community in cheering its sportsmen and sportswomen in their quest towards victory.

 

 

 

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