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1 Office of Environmental Sustainability NUS Student Leaders Green Issues Briefing Marcus Tay Guan Hock, Sustainability Executive

2 Office of Environmental Sustainability Contents What should we do to save the environment What is the bare minimum a club should do What more can a club do? NUS Green Commitment

3 Office of Environmental Sustainability What does being Environmentally Friendly means to you? Especially as student group? Canoe to clean trash? Clear rubbish while you trek? Tree planting for your YEP?

4 Office of Environmental Sustainability ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS AS AN URBAN PERSON What does it mean to you?

5 Office of Environmental Sustainability Imagine A YEAR WITHOUT TOILET PAPER (mostly) no shopping for anything except food producing no trash (except compost) using no carbon-fueled transportation

6 Office of Environmental Sustainability Zero Impact manZero Impact man?

7 Office of Environmental Sustainability Zero Impact Family- Colin and Michelle, Isabelle Beavan Thats the thing about this current wave of environmentalism, he continued. Its not about, how do we protect some abstract pristine space? Its what can real people do in their home or office or whatever. Its also very urban. Its a critical twist in the old wilderness adage: Leave only footprints, take only photographs. But how do you translate that into Manhattan?

8 Office of Environmental Sustainability What you do daily is more important While it is nice to protect pristine nature, it is equally or even more important to manage the daily environmental impacts of your life or club activities.

9 Office of Environmental Sustainability WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AS A CLUB IN URBAN SINGAPORE? Bare minimum expected

10 Office of Environmental Sustainability Bare Minimum Green Behavior expected 1.Recycling for your event 2.Catering – Reusable plates 3.Recycle your Banner. 4.Get useful Door gifts – Newater bottles? – Post its? Courtesy of Courtesy of

11 Office of Environmental Sustainability Recycling for your events NUS Open House 2009 Call OED Hotline at or write to us at

12 Office of Environmental Sustainability Reusable plates and cutlery for catering Made from Melamine Caterers who dont charge or charge a minimum: Courtesy of

13 Recycle your Banners

14 Office of Environmental Sustainability WHAT MORE CAN YOU DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AS A CLUB ? More environmentally responsible things that you can do but some will bring inconvenience.

15 Office of Environmental Sustainability Doing more as a environmentally responsible club 1.Ask your camp participants to bring their own spoon and fork and water bottle – for camps. 2.Get more vegetarian food for your catering 3.Bring elderly or other disadvantaged, for nature walks. Can apply for club bonding sessions as well. 4.Rinse your plastic containers after meals and recycle them – for camps Increasing level of difficulty

16 Office of Environmental Sustainability WHY MORE VEGETARIAN IN YOUR CATERING

17 Office of Environmental Sustainability Dr Rajendra Pachuari Chief of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Links: ABC NewsABC News Don't eat meat, do ride a bike, and be a frugal shopper Hear from the experts

18 Office of Environmental Sustainability Meat Production 18% of GHGs, more than world transport sector(13.5%) Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of UN.Food and Agricultural Organization of UN. Report says major improvements could be achieved at reasonable cost

19 Office of Environmental Sustainability Reasonable cost???

20 Office of Environmental Sustainability No more frightening statistics

21 Office of Environmental Sustainability My personal rules on vegetables (meat out) At least a vege meal once a day. Ask Vege when on course or function Indulge at mass meals with family and friends Indulge at special food spots e.g. Changi Village As a club either for catering or for camp participants: LESS MEAT, MORE VEGE

22 Office of Environmental Sustainability Doing more as a environmentally responsible club 1.Ask your camp participants to bring their own spoon and fork and water bottle – for camps. 2.Get more vegetarian food for your catering 3.Bring elderly or other disadvantaged, for nature walk. Can apply for club bonding sessions as well. 4.Rinse your plastic containers after meals and recycle them – for camps. Increasing level of difficulty

23 Office of Environmental Sustainability What is there to see in Singapore regarding nature ? Is there anything worth seeing?

24 Office of Environmental Sustainability Photo of Dolphins by Chim Chee Kong off St. John's Island, 12 Mar 2004

25 Office of Environmental Sustainability Dolphin sightings in Singapore (Habitatnews) (Habitatnews) "Best photo ever," of a dolphin in Singapore waters! 21 May 2007 Dolphins spotted off Raffles Lighthouse." 06 Jan 2006 "Dolphins sighted off St. John's Island." 02 Sep "Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin carcass on Labrador Beach." 15 Jun "Dolphin's off St. John's island." 01 Feb "Dolphins off Pulau Senang." 04 Jan "Dolphins sighting at Sisters islands." 22 Jun "Dolphins sighted off St John's Islands." 12 Mar 2004.

26 Office of Environmental Sustainability Chek Jawa? On Pulau Ubin

27 Office of Environmental Sustainability Chek Jawa, high tide

28 Office of Environmental Sustainability Chek Jawa, low tide

29 Office of Environmental Sustainability Snakes and sea anemones!

30 Office of Environmental Sustainability

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32 WildSingapore by Ria Tan -Weekly updates of all Nature Events in Singapore -Important to go on a guided session to see more than just trees. -Most importantly, it is free! (mostly)

33 Office of Environmental Sustainability Doing more as a environmentally responsible club 1.Ask your camp participants to bring their own spoon and fork and water bottle – for camps. 2.Get more vegetarian food for your catering 3.Bring elderly or other disadvantaged, or for bonding sessions for nature walk 4.Rinse your plastic containers after meals and recycle them – for camps. Increasing level of difficulty

34 Office of Environmental Sustainability Rinsing your plastic containers Especially for Camps

35 Office of Environmental Sustainability Plastics Have Recycling Number

36 Office of Environmental Sustainability Plastic Food Containers

37 Office of Environmental Sustainability Yes! Theoretically, it all can be recycled -Only plastic bottles allowed in NUS because of infrequent collection and hygiene issue -Absolutely yes, if you just rinse it

38 Office of Environmental Sustainability It is still manual sorting

39 Office of Environmental Sustainability NUS Green Commitment

40 Office of Environmental Sustainability NUS Environmental Targets NUS pledge a reduction of: 15% Existing Building Emission 20% Regularised Laboratory Consumption 30% New Building Emissions by 2015 against a business as usual scenario

41 Office of Environmental Sustainability Future Development 47% increase in total GFA by 2015

42 Office of Environmental Sustainability OES was set up in Oct sign of NUS commitment to the environment. OES reports direct to DP (admin).

43 Office of Environmental Sustainability Conclusion

44 Office of Environmental Sustainability Conclusion Contact us or SAVE if you need help on how to make your events/organisation more green. Share with us how you have made your events more environmentally sustainable. We will be keen to highlight to the rest of the campus. OES Team:

45 Office of Environmental Sustainability We need you… The environmental movement is not something only for the treehuggers, it is daily lifestyle choices that has to be embraced by everyone so as to be able to succeed.

46 Office of Environmental Sustainability I may be only one, but still I am one and I cannot refuse the thing that I can do. Helen Keller. Your club matters…


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