Shaping a Green Campus

As an environmental advocate for over 20 years since 1992, NP has set sights on achieving new heights in its go-green efforts, using the Singapore Green Plan 2030 as a guide. We continued to drive eco-projects, develop sustainable solutions with the help of science and technology, and raise environmental awareness to shape a green campus.

  • Our environment roadmap encompasses targets for reducing energy and water consumption, increasing biodiversity, as well as getting Green Mark certification for most of our buildings. It also includes a new zero waste masterplan, through which we aim to promote plastic, aluminium and paper recycling, and e-waste collection, as well as reduce food waste.
  • Our Estate, Eco & Safety Office (EES) collaborated with the School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HMS) to raise awareness of the impact of plastic waste on the environment. HMS students created an online game that carried environmental messages.
  • In another bid to encourage responsible disposal of plastic waste and raise awareness of plastic recycling, EES installed a reverse vending machine at the Atrium at Block 1 where consumers can earn rewards for depositing used plastic bottles into the machine. The disposed plastic waste will be collected for recycling.
  • The 4,000 solar panels fitted on 15 of our buildings started operating in January 2021 and now convert 8 per cent of NP’s energy consumption into renewable or clean energy. In the first two months alone, this effort reduced our carbon footprint by an equivalent of planting 30,000 trees. NP is the first polytechnic to participate in the SolarNova programme led by the Economic Development Board and Housing & Development Board to install solar panels to generate renewable energy.
  • A rain garden at Block 51, designed by staff from the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT), was completed at the end of 2020. It features a bio-retention “pond” with more than 10 plant species, including some that can absorb toxins to ensure water is purified before being discharged into the drain network. It will act as an outdoor classroom for students to learn about topics such as hydrology and water purification. There are also plans to create opportunities for students in the Landscape Design & Horticulture (LDH) and Environmental & Water Technology (EWT) courses to research the effectiveness of a rain garden in improving water quality.
  • A number of environmental sustainability projects were carried out in the past year by our green clubs. The Environmental Rangers Club (ERC), for instance, had a recycling competition with other CCA clubs. It also carried out a project called ERC Productions during the circuit breaker to reach out to the community at large via a series of self-produced videos on green habits that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It also developed an online game called Call of the Wild to raise awareness of the challenges that park rangers patrolling jungles faced due to climate change and the lack of effort in environment conservation.
  • We aim to achieve Green Mark Certification by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for 15 ​of our blocks by 2022.
  • The LSCT-Green Volunteers Club organised the student environmental project competition, EcoSciz, from December 2020 to March 2021 for all EWT students. Along with the Green Group (pictured) from the School of Design & Environment (DE), it took part in the kayaking and river clean-up at Kallang River in March 2021. The environmental club from the School of Business & Accountancy (BA), the BA Green Club, also organised events such as webinars aimed at raising awareness on resource and marine conservation; screening of recycling-themed documentaries; and visits to the Tzu Chi Eco Awareness Centre and the Citizen Farm to learn about recycling and urban farming.

Our Eco Efforts at a Glance

Back to top