As a leader in environmental education, Bukit View Secondary School has a longstanding track record in environmental advocacy. In 2016, they also received the prestigious President’s Award for the Environment. Here’s their #ClimateActionSG story!
In 2000, we embarked on our environmental journey at Bukit View Secondary School. We hope to become a prototype green school with a conducive and vibrant learning environment, serving as an educational platform for students to learn, experiment, and develop innovative ideas and products that will bring benefits to the community.
In the initial years, we focused on raising awareness of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). This was in line with the nation’s vision outlined in the Singapore Green Plan 2012 to be a model green city for the future with a call for schools and community to educate and nurture a population that embraced environmentalism as a way of life.
By mid 2000s, our national and global conversations moved to a level of heightened urgency with regard to climate change and sustainable development issues, corresponding with Singapore’s joining of the Kyoto Protocol in 2006. The school responded by reinventing our education programmes and building infrastructure to enable students to better understand and appreciate the challenges faced by the next generation of Singaporeans to survive in a future of limited resources. This meant providing the learning environment and designing programmes that explore and examine the role of technology, systems and individual lifestyles to achieve sustainable development, energy efficiency and consumption and provide greener options for everyone.
Moving forward, we want to strengthen our JOULES (Junior Outstanding Leaders in Energy for Sustainability) programme to groom leaders who are interested in careers related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) to create sustainable living, and who care for the environment.
To forge a greener future, everyone, from students and teachers to parents and partners, has a part to play. While many among us are already convinced of the important role environmental education plays in raising the next generation in a resource-scare future, more should realise their responsibility to positively impact the environment and build a school and Singapore that are sustainable and green.
Check out Bukit View’s school’s pledge here:
Our climate action pledge
Bukit View Secondary School (BVSS) is committed to caring for our environment.
We, staff and pupils of BVSS, can care for, show concern and constantly improve our environment actively as well as the efficiency in our energy and water usage in the following ways:
• School to implement recycling programmes (e.g. for paper products, plastic containers and packaging, aluminium cans and toner cartridges).
• Reduce wastage of natural resources (e.g. by reducing the use of paper, plastic containers and straws).
• Reuse resources creatively (e.g. by using both sides of the paper before disposal).
• Recycle waste (e.g. drink cans, paper, plastic containers, segregating paper waste from other general waste).
• Dispose waste properly (e.g. by not mixing contaminated waste that is hazardous or poisonous with general waste).
• Commit ourselves not to damage, cut down or uproot any trees or plants, where possible and they pose no safety threats.
• Participate in environmental activities, promotions and programmes organized by BVSS and other agencies.
• All air-conditioned premises, including LAN rooms, are to maintain the ambient indoor air temperature at 24°C or higher, as far as comfort level allows.
• Windows and doors of air-conditioned spaces should be kept closed.
• Office and classroom equipment, lights and air conditioners should be turned off when not in use.
• Power management features of personal computers should be enabled.
• Area lights for classroom and office buildings will generally remain switched on until 7:15a.m.
• Not to waste water unnecessary.
• All new office ICT equipment is to meet the latest Energy Star standards, where available.
• White printing paper is to be accredited with the Singapore Green Label by the SEC.
• Lamps are to be rated at least 3-ticks under the NEA’s MELS.
• Air-conditioners are to be rated at least 3-ticks under MELS.
• Refrigerators are to be rated at least 2-ticks under MELS.
• Televisions are to be rated at least 4-ticks under MELS, except for 40 to 43 inch models which are to be rated at least 3-ticks.
Food and catering services
- Use of reusable cutlery, crockery, glassware and tablecloths OR use of biodegradable cutlery
- Use of environmentally friendly paper products
- Minimize food wastageOur climate action goals for 2018
- To enhance the Environment Education programme in the school with authentic learning spaces.
- School must achieve the Water Efficient Building label, achieve water efficient flowrates and flush volume, and attain the Water Efficient Building (WEB) (Basic) certification.
- To meet the 3% target reduction based on 2015 standard of 711111.47 kWh/ year.
- To meet the 3% target reduction based on 2015 standard of 3615 m3 / year.
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