As an education institution, Singapore Polytechnic is committed to share knowledge and raise awareness about the environment among students in the Polytechnic and the community at large. The Polytechnic has gone beyond the classroom to engage the community in collaborative projects that are beneficial to the environment. For instance, the Polytechnic has worked with the National Parks Board on sustainability projects at Bishan and West Coast parks and industry partners on clean energy testbedding projects.

Hence, our commitment to sustainability goes beyond teaching our students to care for the environment in the classroom. Our efforts have extended to cleaning up our shores, planting trees in our parks and even opening up our facilities to the community for the development of technologies used to help sustain our environment.

  We introduced four specialised courses to prepare our graduates for an anticipated rise in the demand for environmental expertise. For example, in April 2007, we produced the first cohort of 35 landscape design graduates and the second batch of specialist diploma holders in energy efficiency and management. Last year, we launched the Diploma course in Environment Management & Water Technology. In 2008, we will take in the first batch of students for the Diploma course in Clean Energy.  

We now have two new research centres wholly dedicated to driving environmental capabilities forward with the support of our industry partners. These centres provide invaluable training for our students studying the specialised field of environmental services.

Commitment & Vision for the Future
Going forward, it will be increasingly difficult for the Polytechnic to deliver on its commitment to environmental sustainability as we rejuvenate the campus and expand our facilities to take in more students. We have and will continue to face the challenge of rising energy consumption on campus.

Yet we cannot remain spectators to the challenges of environmental change. We have a responsibility to think ahead and help the young understand the implications to our social and economic landscape. Together with the government and the business community, the Polytechnic has a role in helping to set the agenda for environmental sustainability.

At Singapore Polytechnic, we have, and will continue to respond in ways within our means. From raising awareness to capacity building, sharing research capabilities and acting responsibly, we strive to ensure environmental sustainability on and outside campus.

  We encourage all our staff and students to be conscious of their impact on the environment. In 2008, we will introduce a carbon footprint calculator, an interactive game for calculating our carbon footprint developed by our Environment Club students. This is only one way.  

  Other ways include our ongoing Green Buddy Award given out annually to our students and staff in conjunction with Clean and Green Singapore. In future, we will introduce an award scheme to recognise our alumni and partners.  

This second instalment of the Environment & Sustainability Report highlights some of the initiatives and ideas by our staff and students on the road to environmental sustainability. With strong support and validation from our industry partners, we hope that some of these ideas will become realities and inspire each one of us to do our part.

Winning the 2005 ACCA Award [Association of Chartered Certified Accountants] for our environmental reporting has spurred us to work even harder in educating our students and engaging the public to reduce our carbon footprint; and we are proud to report that our environmental performance has been on track.

Low Wong Fook
Principal of Singapore Polytechnic from 1996 to 2007

Tan Hang Cheong

Principal of Singapore Polytechnic from 2008

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 produced. The higher the levels of CO2, the greater the impact it has on global warming.
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