NUS aims to develop an excellent infrastructure through the adoption of sustainable master planning, design and construction principles.
NUS’ Master Plan is anchored in a vision of a vibrant campus that provides an integrated sustainable living-learning experience for its students and staff. The Master Plan consists of a series of systems plans addressing building and land use, landscape structure, access and circulation, and housing and sustainability strategies. The sustainability strategies, in particular, recommend balancing integrative design and efficient use of space; optimising architectural designs for day lighting while minimising solar heat; as well as leveraging natural ventilation for circulation and open communal spaces. Other best practices and green features include enhancing the natural systems through existing slope and habitat preservation, implementing best management practices to introduce water by filtration, and improving alternative means of access.
The master planning process emphasises respect for natural resources, adapting to climatic conditions, and setting new standards for building performance. By living and learning in an environmentally-conscious setting, the NUS community of staff and students learn to consider the impact of everyday decisions, carrying the principles of sustainability beyond the confines of the University campus and into their lives as global citizens.
NUS has received numerous Green Mark building and district awards conferred by the Building and Construction Authority, including the inaugural Green Mark District GoldPLUS Award (in 2009). In 2012, the National University of Singapore became the first educational institution in the country to receive the prestigious Green Mark Champion Award. To qualify for the Green Mark Champion Award, building owners need to have at least 10 projects rated Green Mark Gold and above, including at least three projects rated Gold+ and at least three projects rated Platinum.
The Eco-Food Court Certification programme, endorsed by Singapore Environmental Council (SEC), serves as a platform that seeks to engage Singapore food courts to reduce environmental impacts and raise awareness on sustainability.
Food courts are evaluated in the areas of Environmental Management System, Efficient use of Energy & Water, Waste Management System, Education Awareness of Environmental Messages, Environmental Friendly use of Resources and Potential Savings on Utilities.
Three of the four canteens in NUS have been certified as Eco-Food Courts, with the fourth canteen slated for renovation works and hence not applicable for certification.