GreenNYP2017 - Sep
By NYP ISO 14000 Committee Published on 26 Sep 2017

Save Your Recyclables and Fill these Bins

To staff who have given suggestions on recycling – we hear you! We now have 25 new recycling bins and three electronic-waste bins placed around the campus. These bins have been placed around campus since October 2016 and they are currently underutilised. So we want to create greater awareness of their existence.

Look out for them at:

Atrium Food Connect Food Central
Sport Hall, Level 2 North Canteen Blk C, Level 2
T-Café Library Blk S, Level 3
South Canteen Blk R & Q, Level 2 linkway Blk E, Level 3
Blk J, Level 2 Blk M to P1, Level 3 Foodgle Hub
NYP Apartment    

Save your plastic, can/metal, paper and e-waste, and start recycling now.

Beating University Teams to Clinch Top Prize in Energy Challenge

Four final-year students from the Diploma in Electrical Engineering with Eco-Design charted history as they beat 33 teams to become the first polytechnic team to win the Overall Champion award in the Sembcorp-EMA Energy Challenge 2017. This is a feat that has only been achieved previously by local university teams.

NYP's two teams also snagged the top prizes in the polytechnic category. The annual competition, held on June 29 this year, was jointly organised by Sembcorp and Energy Market Authority to inspire engineering students to pursue careers in the power and energy sector.

In this competition, each team of four played “Power Quest”, a strategy-based scenario-planning computer simulation game, which challenged the team to work together to manage and develop a power ecosystem, while maintaining profitability, reliability and environmental sustainability.

It was an intense and thrilling competition and our teams did us proud. The Overall Champion team, which comprised students Fievel Tan, Tay Bo Teng, Desmond Foo and Low Le Yen, received a cash prize of $1,200, and another $1,000 was given to the Champion in the polytechnic category. The winning students were also offered internship opportunities at Sembcorp Industries. The first runner-up polytechnic team, which comprised Abdul Hameed Samusu Malik, Zubair Bin Jani, Chia King Siong and Tan Bing Quan also received a cash prize of $800.

Both teams thoroughly enjoyed the roller-coaster ride during the competition as they worked together to devise a robust and resilient strategy to tackle the complex power ecosystem.

Bo Teng from the Overall Champion team also expressed that it was an exhilarating feeling to be crowned champion in two areas. In fact, he could not believe his own ears when he heard that his team’s final score even surpassed those of the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design teams.

Proposal for a Clean and Green Phnom Penh

A team of students from the School of Chemical & Life Sciences (SCL) clinched the second runner-up prize at annual The Young Mayor Competition - Planning a Clean & Green Township on April 2, 2017.

This year, the spotlight was on Phnom Penh. The team of four Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology students proposed a sustainable green town that comprises environmentally friendly smart buildings with solar panels which will minimise carbon footprint. The town also incorporates the recycling and re-purposing of rain and waste water and the use of battery powered vehicles.

Teams from around the region were required to outline broad policy directions to address challenges in areas like housing, transport and environment, and construct a model in three hours to showcase the key features of their proposal.

Organised by Activistar Advocacy, the competition hopes to bring to light the challenges that developing countries experience under the pressure of rapid urbanisation.

Congratulations to our student winners: Yip Qiu Mei, Daphne Sim, Shirlyn Loo, Koh Zin Yi, and Adeline Eau! Besides winning S$500, the team has also sharpened their problem-solving skills and fostered a strong team spirit.

Celebrating Earth Day with Acts of Green

In celebration of Earth Day on 22 April, some 120 student volunteers helped out with a spot of gardening at Ang Mo Kio Town Garden East and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Parks.

Organised by NYP’s GEO Council Club in collaboration with National Environment Agency (NEA) and National Parks Board (NParks), the event had NYP students working their green fingers to beautify the environment around the neighbourhood. 

The students also combed the parks to clear litter. About 20 secondary school students were also recruited to share the new personal mobility device guidelines with park-users.

A Trip to Singapore’s Only Landfill

Some 35 NYP students and staff had the rare opportunity to visit Singapore’s only landfill –Semakau Landfill – in June.

Contrary to popular belief that the landfill would be smelly, there were no unpleasant odours at all.  This is because it is mainly filled with ash that has been generated by Singapore’s incineration plants. The ash is then shipped over to the island every night. The visitors were also educated on Singapore’s trash management history.

Just slightly off the serene and scenic island, the group caught a glimpse of Singapore’s largest barramundi fish farm, which requires strong current and clean water with a high oxygen content to produce high quality fish.

Apart from gaining more insights on Singapore’s trash management, the students were also encouraged to think about minimising waste generation and how waste accumulation impacts the environment.