As a global university centered in Asia, NUS aspires to take the lead in exemplifying an environmentally responsible campus community. NUS is committed to protect the environment and will incorporate sustainability in all aspects of our campus life, from operations, planning, construction, research, education, and instruction to public service.
For almost all campuses, energy consumption takes up the main bulk of the green house gas inventory. Therefore, the key to creating a more sustainable campus is to reduce its energy consumption. This is a daunting challenge given the ever-increasing energy demand to serve a growing research institute like NUS, coupled with our heavy reliance on air conditioning to cool the buildings in the hot and humid climatic conditions of Singapore.
Recycling waste is the most basic thing that any institution should do to manage it’s environmental impacts. NUS is actively involved in recycling paper, plastics, cans, organic food waste, printer toners and cartridges, handphones. However, there is still plenty of room to extend and consolidate the current recycling infrastructure as NUS produced over 2800 tonnes of waste in 2008 and recycled only about 390 tonnes.
Kent Ridge Park is a 47 ha public park located next to the National University of Singapore campus and Singapore Science Park. The Park was adopted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Ascendas (Singapore) Pte Ltd in June 2002 under the National Parks Board (NParks) Adopt-A-Park programme. This is a community outreach programme aimed at encouraging a greater sense of public ownership and responsibility for our public parks.
Environmental Awards consist of two categories: InterFaculty Awards and InterHall Awards. The InterFaculty Environmental Awards will be commence in 2010 after the metering project is completed while the InterHall Environmental Awards has commenced from August 2009.
The global climate change issue has prompted various actions from many environmental agencies; they have drawn up structured certifications to achieve shifts in behaviours towards environmental sustainability. Since the public is growingly conscious of the value-add in green operation, NUS is committed to support its community with the appropriate infrastructure like building features and canteens.
Environmental Education is one of the key strategic thrusts of OES. While OES is committed to pursue improvements in the sustainability of our operations, planning and construction in the university, education, research and instruction are vital to realizing exponential environmental benefits that our investments in our institutional operations alone cannot hope to achieve.