Six out of every 10 school-age students act to save the environment in Singapore. Sponsored by StarHub, the School Green Awards is administered by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and encourages young people to turn their passion for the environment into action, gaining an understanding of environmental sustainability along the way. Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, non-profit and non-government organisation (NGO).
Together, the students achieved enormous results during the past year. Energy: 5,252,000 kilowatt hours, the energy required to power 1,094 4-Room HDB flats for a year. Water: 130,000,000 litres, the water required to fill 52 Olympic-sized swimming pools. E-Waste: 47,362 kilograms, the weight of five SBS Buses
A record of 410 schools took part this year, of which more than 28 per cent were pre-schools. Pre-schools have been the fastest growing section of the Awards, with teachers encouraging their pupils to take care of themselves and their environment from an early age.
“Young people instinctively know conservation is important and they want to be involved in activities that help save the environment. Drawing a personal inspiration from the Japanese, I am happy that StarHub is able to play a part in nurturing Singapore’s next generation including pre-schoolers to go green through the School Green Awards.
By taking part in the SGA, each student can make a difference in their own school, as well as spread their enthusiasm for the green cause into their families and the community,” said Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Strategic Partnership Officer of StarHub.
“Creating a sustainable Singapore is something we do for our children. So it makes sense to get them involved in environmental activities from an early age. We hope that the SEC-StarHub School Green Awards initiative helps to inculcate green consciousness in our youths from a young age. They are learning lessons which they will take into adulthood, helping to make our society more responsible and sustainable in the future. I congratulate each school on taking part and for earning a SEC-StarHub School Green Award,” said Ms Jen Teo, Executive Director of SEC.
As part of the assessment criteria, students are required to be ambassadors for the environment and develop outreach programmes in their communities to promote a sustainable Singapore. This year the
The SGA platform serves as an encouragement and appreciation for each school’s efforts. Of the 410 participating schools, 146 received the Lotus Sustained Achievement Award for achieving a score of 95 per cent or more for three consecutive years, indicating a very high quality of efforts and commitment from many schools.