By NYP ISO 14000 Committee
Published on 31 Dec 2015
On 7 June, a group of 11 student volunteers from NYP’s School of Engineering (SEG) worked together with the National Environment Agency - Central Regional Office (NEA-CRO) and Toa Payoh Central Zone 4 RC to kick start the 2nd phase of S.W.I.T.C.H. @ Central Singapore, a programme launched in 2011 to install energy saving lightbulbs in the homes of low-income households.
S.W.I.T.C.H. @ Central Singapore is an initiative aimed at promoting good energy saving habits. This year, S.W.I.T.C.H. @ Central Singapore plans to install Philips energy-saving light bulbs in 6,000 low-income households residing in one to two-room rental blocks in Central Singapore.
Our students were assigned to Blocks 104 and 105 at Lorong 1 Toa Payoh on Sunday afternoon to ascertain which units would like to register for the programme.
Said NYP student volunteer Edmund Ng, "We knocked on the residents' doors and asked if they would like to change their light bulbs for free. Some were not interested but others were happy that we provided this kind of service."
On 14th June, our volunteers gave out the light bulbs to units who have registered their interest, and also shared with residents how to reduce electricity consumption at home.
On 27 March 2015, more than 100 students and staff from NYP showed up for a tree planting exercise at a plot of land new the new NYP Convention centre. The event was organised by the student President of NYAA Lim Pei Shan, who wanted to commemorate the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's efforts in greening Singapore.
“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support for this simple idea to remember a very great man,” she said during the exercise. “Mr Lee had a vision. He wanted Singapore to be beautiful, and to be the best home possible for all Singaporeans… For more than 50 years, Mr Lee had integrated greenery in Singapore’s infrastructure. His legacy can be seen in every leaf, every flower in our gardens.”
She added, “Despite our loss, we shall continue the vision that he had. This student tribute is our chance to honour Mr Lee in our own way. It is our promise to Mr Lee as well, to continue the fight to ensure that we preserve as much greenery and water areas…never forget that City in a Garden did not come by chance.”
Pei Shan’s touching tribute certainly resonated in the hearts of all those present. Altogether, 23 Tembusu trees were planted to honour the late Mr Lee, who was born in 1923 and passed on, on the 23rd of March.
The Tembusu tree, pictured on the Singapore $5-dollar bill, is native to Singapore, and known to be sturdy and resilient.
The students believe that when fully grown, these trees will give shade to be enjoyed by generations of NYP students to come.
Year 2 Business Management students Fong Jun Hao (left) and Chan Shao Yang emerged Champions in the local final round of the FedEx/JA International Trade Challenge, held on 18 July 2015. Their winning product was a reusable, biodegradable toothbrush with a flossing function.
Jun Hao and Shao Yang co-ordinated their presentation well and even made a prototype of their product. The team also answered all the judges' questions eloquently on the way to the title, beating Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Raffles Institution respectively.
Organised by FedEx and Junior Achievement, the Challenge aims to broaden students' understanding of global trade and enhance their knowledge of product distribution, competition, pricing, promotion and sales. As part of the Challenge, participants had to develop a plan to export a product to an overseas market.
This year, there were a total of 60 entries from various schools and polytechnics, of which 15 finalist teams were chosen. A total of 8 students from SBM's Supply Chain Management module participated in the programme.
The top three teams also represented Singapore at the Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge in August 2015, and competed against teams from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
School of Engineering (SEG) and School of Design (SDN) students now have the opportunity to work with 3M Innovation Singapore on collaborative research projects, under a new three-year MOU, signed on 30 March, between NYP and 3M.
Under the MOU, possible areas of collaboration include internship programmes for students, guidance for students working on 3M assigned projects, and the sponsoring of awards to top graduating students from SEG. A 3M Innovation Lab will also be set up in NYP. The lab will house some analytical tools by 3M to better help students characterise materials.
NYP students are currently working on two projects with 3M, in the areas of materials applications. The first is using 3M's reflective film for an efficient LED lighting system, and the other is a two-phase immersion cooling system for cooling servers using 3M's Novec™ engineered fluid, which have an outstanding environmental profile with zero ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential.
The projects will be particularly helpful in giving students from the Diplomas of Nanotechnology & Materials Science and Industrial Design an insight into useful applications requiring the usage of special materials, with the environment in mind.
As part of the Recycling Programme under the ISO14000 Environmental Management System, Electronic Waste Recycling Bins have been introduced in campus to encourage the proper disposal of electronic-waste (e-waste).
E-waste includes discarded electrical and electronic items such as wires, mobile phones, computer keyboards, computer mouse, batteries, hard drives, and remote controls.
Staff and students are encouraged to recycle their e-waste and drop them into the Electronic Waste Recycling Bins at the following sites:
- Block G Level 2 (near the Indoor Sports Hall/Swimming Pool)
- Block A Library at Level 5 North Wing (inside the Photocopying Room)
So the next time you decide to discard your old or malfunctioning cables, do drop by at the Electronic Waste Recycling Bins instead, and deposit your e-waste there!
The paper boxes are typically used as food disposal containers and often come in handy at meal times. Mr Woo Yeng Kee, Senior TSO/SDN, was the instructor at this workshop. He patiently guided the participants, who enjoyed the folding exercises.
As many participants brought their lunch to the workshop, they could also make use of their newly created boxes to dispose their food waste.